Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It: Daily fun

Every year, I turn the calendar from July to August and realize summer is almost over.  We decided to do one fun thing every day until the first day of school.  On Wednesday, we made volcanoes.  I, of course, had to make it a little educational. 

Here is Harrison making his volcano.  This vase worked great--as the boys said, "It looks just like a magma chamber."

Joshua got this volcano two years ago.  He had a lot of fun with the food coloring and glitter.  His volcano turned into a piece of art!

I love doing these activities with Emily.  It helps her language, and allows her to be apart of our group!  She loved mixing everything!

He is Harrison's with the sprinkles and food coloring.  He thought it best to add the food coloring while the volcano was exploding.

They had a gallon of vinegar's worth of fun!  I may need to go and buy another gallon.  I don't think they will mind doing it twice.

After the activity, we did some writing. Emily will go into kindergarten in August--so she just wrote the list of ingredients.  It is a mixture of her copying the words from the food labels and inventive spelling.  I think you can figure out which is which. 

List the Ingredients
You can download the document from google drive here.

Then my brain really started to spin: lets make this an activity on how to write instructions.
Here is a poster I made for wonderful instruction verbs!

Instruction Verbs

I made three posters about instruction verbs.  You can download the from google drive here.

The boys wrote out the instructions.
List of materials needed: a vase, vinegar, measuring spoons, measuring cups, baking soda, food coloring, liquid dish washing soap, and sprinkles.

They wrote out the steps:

                                                       1. three tablespoons of baking soda
                                                       2. a squirt of soap
                                                       3. ten drops of red food coloring.
                                                       4. 1/2 cup of vinegar
                                                       5.  watch the explosion

Steps to making a volcano
If you want this graphic organizer, you can get it here.
For a higher level activity, they could write the instructions, like writing a recipe!

4-square: How to make a volcano

I love 4-square writing.  Sometimes it is easier with a template.  If you want this template, you can find it here.

It is also fun to draw the experiment!
Sequencing  Activity

Some students may need to draw the sequencing before writing about it.  If you want this fun sequencing activity go here.

Monday Made It

Happy Monday!


  1. Great activity! Thanks for the templates :)


  2. What a fun activity!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now your newest follower! Can't wait to take a look around at your other posts!

    Crazy Daze in First Grade

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog!!! Looks like you guys had a blast with that activity!! I am your newest follower!