Exploding with Knowledge

Students watch volcano erupt

Fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School used their knowledge of science to create replicas of volcanoes, making each one erupt with red flowing lava.

Teaching Assistant Lisa Mellillo guided the students on how to create just the right eruption. Baking soda, food coloring, dish soap and vinegar were combined to mimic the flow of lava. The volcanoes were first created with flour, salt and water, painted and then filled with the magic formula to make them erupt.

Ms. Mellillo said that having the students create the volcanoes reinforces the lessons they’ve learned and because they’re having fun, they are more likely to remember the scientific facts. “The students were engaged in the lesson, making it easy for them to absorb the information,” she said.