On a day much like today, millions of years ago, Dinosaurs were enjoying a nice afternoon outside when all of a sudden BAM! KABOOM! A giant meteor fell from the sky and smashed into the earth! Suddenly volcanoes were erupting all over the planet, blocking out the sun, and causing the extinction of the Dinosaurs.
This past week the children have been talking a lot about why the Dinosaurs disappeared from the earth. They have learned from looking at books that a meteor came from outer space and crashed into the earth causing volcanoes to erupt. During one of our meetings we talked about volcanoes and watched a short video about them. In the video we learned that when the burning liquid is still underground it it is called magma, but once it erupts and comes above ground it is called lava! The children were very excited when we learned that there are 3 different types of volcanoes. Dormant (not active, but could be one day), Active (erupts regularly) and Extinct (just like the dinosaurs!) We also learned that although there are no volcanoes any where near Edmonton, if we were to go to Hawaii we could walk inside the crater of an Extinct volcano!
To expand on this interest we have spent the week building and painting our own volcano using paper mache. We’re excited for next week when we get to make it erupt!