4th Grade Science Classes Erupting with Everything Volcanoes!
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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In conjunction with the science curriculum, 4th grade student scientists at Veterans Park School have developed an appreciation for the processes that shape the Earth's surface.  After considering where volcanoes form and how they erupt, students turned to investigations of rocks breaking apart and creating potential hazards. Multiple hands-on investigations allowed students to explore the world of rocks, and design ways of protecting humans from their dangers.

As a culmination of the science unit, guest speaker, Christine Simard, shared her knowledge and expertise with Lisa Teixeira's 4th grade student scientists. Simard, who earned a B.S. in Geology and Geography from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Guam, shared an educational Powerpoint presentation that detailed volcanoes. Much to the delight of students, Simard also brought her exhibit of volcanic rocks for students to explore.  

Simard explained that this was her first time visiting a classroom to share her knowledge of volcanoes.  “My son, Noah, is a student in Mrs. Teixeira’s class.  During the parent-teacher conference I mentioned to her that it was funny that he had not asked me for help with learning about volcanoes, since I have a degree in geology.”

When learning of Simard’s expertise, Teixeira quickly seized the opportunity to extend an invitation for Noah’s mother to share first hand knowledge about the subject they had been researching.  “I was very excited that Mrs. Simard accepted the invitation.  It was a perfect way to conclude our science unit on volcanoes,” said Teixeira.

Of her experience, Simard commented,  “I enjoyed visiting the classroom to talk to the 4th graders about volcanoes, which I think is a really cool subject!  The students had great questions and were a pleasure to talk to.”

“I learned that inside the earth is really hot,” said Ava Friese, “and that most volcanoes erupt near the Ring of Fire by the Pacific Ocean.”

Mason Little said that he has several volcanic rocks of his own that he found in his backyard, but that it was fun to see the rocks Simard brought to share with everyone. “I also learned the difference between magma and lava, and that magma is hotter than lava.”

“I was very happy my mother was able to visit my class and talk about the study of lava and rocks,” shared Simard’s son, Noah.  “She told us about how lava flows and that the colors represent how hot the lava is- orange, red, blue, and white.”

And with a smile, Noah proudly added, “I was very impressed that my mom is so smart!”

Lisa Teixeira, Noah Simard, Christine Simard

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