• Samantha Fecich

Volcanoes rock!

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Hi! I have to introduce you to Hannah Case a preservice teacher in Australia who is a self proclaimed "lover of books". She is a double major in history and English education. Hannah is one of my favorite accounts to follow for literacy inspiration and when I saw her post about the volcano bulletin board I knew that you would just bubble over with excitement too! Here she is in her own words:


"I am currently in my third year of teacher training (it won’t be long until I’m out in the real world!) and loving every second of it. Choosing to specialize in History and English has been an amazing experience and I honestly can’t wait to put all my ideas into practice!


In my first year at Uni, I had the privilege of teaching in a Year 6 class at a fairly large school. The thought of being in Year 6 seemed daunting at first, I had never been with children so old! But I quickly realized they were as lovely as my last placement class. It was a challenge at times, but I learned a lot during this placement – one of which was how to put up a display board properly! To begin a topic of volcanoes and without alerting the children to it, I created the display board shown in the picture below. I hoped that by not mentioning it’s presence, it would spark curiosity into their next piece of Geography work. And it worked! I had children asking me what they would be learning about, asking questions about the facts on the board and even a select few finding out their own!

My top tip: add tissue paper to EVERY display board to give it that 3D feel!

It was a great learning opportunity before the actual teaching had begun! They loved learning about the topic of volcanoes, particularly when we created our own with vinegar and baking soda!­ There are ample opportunities to be creative with volcanoes – make sure you take them! "


This volcano bulletin board was so neat, right?! What a great way to spark interest in a topic, I just had to share it with you. Now, I have a small activity to add to this already awesome bulletin board. To make the volcano come to life I would suggest trying out the Quiver app with the volcano color page. Quiver is a FREE app available on ios and droid devices. It uses image based augmented reality to make 2D images come to life on your smart device.


As you can see in the video below just color the free printable found on their site and use the app to make it come to life. This particular video shows the volcano and you can see what happens when the temperature increases in the volcano and label the parts of a volcano. It is such an engaging way to learn about the parts of the volcano!




Now what? Now it's time to act. Comment below and share your ideas about how to use the Quiver app in your classroom!


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