Parts of a Volcano – Alison’s Montessori

Geology, Geography 6-9+

Part of a Volcano puzzle

During the Great lessons, we learned about the making of the Earth’s crust, and how volcanoes appeared. We had the privilege to visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius two years ago, but back then, we were not expert in volcanology.

Today, with several materials, we are getting closer to knowing the ins and outs of volcanoes. It is an important part of understanding the rock cycle and its processes. So, in order to consolidate and assess their own knowledge, the children will use this beautiful puzzle of the Parts of a Volcano.

The more independent work is on the shelf, the more the children are invested in their learning. Let’s go over the possibilities that offers this puzzle:

  • Individual pieces of each part can be juxtaposed to the control chart.
  • The puzzle can be constructed and labels.
  • The parts can be laid out in a linear fashion and labels.
  • A child can work with a partner who can call out different parts to be labeled.

The Parts of a Volcano represented are:

  • Volcano
  • Ash cloud
  • Rock layers of the earth’s crust
  • Layers of lava
  • Magma chamber
  • Layers of ash
  • Conduit
  • Parasitic cone
  • Branch pipe
  • Sill
  • Dike
  • Side vent
  • Lava flow
  • Flank
  • Summit
  • Vent
  • Crater
The bundle (puzzle and nomenclature cards)

The puzzle should be used in parallel with the Parts of a Volcano nomenclature cards, which provides scientific details, and are a good opportunity for a children to read, write, draw, and classify.

I always encourage my learners to grab their notebook, and draw/write about a component of their choice. Even if, for the younger one, it means copy work from a booklet, or a nomenclature card. They really enjoy it. The classified nomenclature cards are geared towards Lower Elementary, but it’s still very useful and attractive to older students. The set comes with:

  • 18 cards, labels, pictures
  • 1 booklet
  • A control chart
  • A master copy

The master copy work is a favorite. The children enjoy coloring and labeling as a way to synthesize their learning.

The cut and laminated version of the nomenclature cards are good quality, and are easy to pop out with no hassle. Our work was on the shelf in a matter of minutes.

Cut and laminated cards

For storage solution, check out this link. It saves a lot of space, and the display is fabulous.

Ready for a lesson?

Again, I am very pleased with these materials. They will inspire the children to keep their knowledge sharp and see more information about the topic, which leads to metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. See the Rock Cycle puzzle from Alison’s Montessori if you wish to add it on your shelf.

Make sure to also take a look at: Parts of a Mountain, Parts of an ocean, Parts of a River.


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