Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard. This month, We are going to consider volcanos. We have book suggestions, pictures, and videos below to help you along as you explore with your children. Remember: you don’t have to know all the answers to your kids’ questions because you can look up the answers together.
Here are some questions to consider with your kids while you explore:
- What causes a volcano?
- What islands are made from volcanos?
- What is lava? What is it made of?
- How much pressure is required for a volcano to erupt?
- Are there any active volcanos? What is the most recent eruption? How long does an eruption last?
- What kind of rocks are made by cooling lava?
- What is the nearest volcano to Oklahoma?
- Pompeii: Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt
- Ancient Rome and Pompeii (Magic Tree House Companion) by Mary Pope Osborne
- I Survived the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980 by Lauren Tarshis
- The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanos by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne
- Harry and the Hot Lava by Chris Robertson
- National Geographic Kids: Everything Volcanos and Earthquakes! by Kathy Furgang
Handbook of Nature Study:
Have you heard of Anna Botsford Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study? It’s a fantastic book that covers all kinds of creatures, plants, and habitats. Since it has all sorts of resources in it, you should download it for free at https://www.google.com/books/edition/Handbook_of_Nature_study_for_Teachers_an/CjPbAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0