Sara Stadem | Editor
The Tri-Valley 3rd grade teacher Marcia Berkness and her class had an explosive week when they got to erupt a volcano in class.
Berkness explained her class read a story called “Hottest, Coldest, Deepest” which was an informational article describing several different areas in the world. The article mentioned information about volcanoes which prompted Berkness and her class to research various volcanoes in Alaska and Hawaii.
From there, the school was to purchase a volcano model which was a plastic mold that opened up to show the various layers of the volcano, according to Berkness. “Students watched and helped with ingredients,” Berkness said. “We used water, vinegar, red food coloring, dish soap and baking soda to make the eruption.”
Since the volcano model did not make noise or show any fire, Berkness added to the student’s experience by showing a live video of a volcano erupting. “That definitely helped!” Berkness explained. “Students enjoyed this activity and shortly after, there were reports of volcanoes erupting in different areas of the world.”