As we've been reading a variety of mythological stories from different cultures, we've also been thinking about the "scientific" explanation for these events/phenomena.
One of our favorite mythological stories is that of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland/Scotland. In the myth, the giant's create this long pathway to connect the two countries by using large stones and pieces of the earth. Scientists, however, tell us that the rock formations were created by volcanoes many, many years ago.
We discovered that maybe we didn't know very much about what a volcano is, or even what it does. Over the course of two days, we took some time to observe some volcanoes, primarily Icelandic Volcanoes, and we each had drawing tools or watercolors (or a variety) nearby.
We thought about:
-What shapes and colors do we see when we watch it?
-How does it move?
-What is the lava doing?
Friday, April 9th
Before our call on Friday, Saul and his mom had done a volcano experiment at home to think about how it erupts.
Monday, April 12th
On Monday, we revisited volcanoes. We watched a new, livestream, video of the Icelandic volcano, and we revisited some footage of the lava flow.
What did we notice about the volcano on Friday? What was it doing? What did we see?
“We saw a little bit of forklift boogie.” - Saul [remembering that on Fridays we watch his favorite forklift video]
When we were watching the volcano, what was the lava doing? Do you remember how you described it?
“The lava was fire.” - Saul
You had a really cool way of describing it. You said it was jumping out of the top; out of the crater.
“You know Elyse, when it was jumping then all the pieces of fire had little pieces. Then it jumped into little pieces of fire.” - Saul
After it was jumping, do you remember what we observed it doing after that?
“Yeah! Going down the hill!” - Saul
It was flowing down the volcano.
“I don’t know where the volcano is. It should be in a volcano city.” - Saul
You remembered the fire jumping.
“I have a good memory.” - Saul
“These are logs for making a pizza volcano.” - Saul
“Elyse, it’s all of the colors of the rainbow. We can make a rainbow volcano.” - Sual
Let’s start with that idea. Which color are you going to use for your outside shape?
“Red-orange. This is red orange.” - Saul
You’re going to use red-orange for the shape of your volcano?
“Yes, this is the fire. This is the coloring. We’re going to use a different coloring of red.” - Saul