Make an erupting craft volcano to study English!
Are you an ESL teacher looking for an interesting science experiment to do in your next ESL lesson? At Step by Step Eikaiwa in Japan, we’re always looking for fun and interactive ways to teach English in our ESL classes. One popular activity that we sometimes do is make baking soda and vinegar volcanoes. Over the years, we have made many of these in our kids classes, at events, and even in our adult classes. The best part about doing this craft in your ESL class is that it only takes 10 minutes to make, and you can do the eruption right away!
Useful English to practice while making your 10-minute craft volcanoes
Of course, this is more than just a fun craft and science experiment. It’s an English lesson as well. We recommend that you take some time before building your volcanoes to teach your kids some English words about volcanoes (volcano, lava, eruption, etc.), some words about the ingredients and materials (baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, clay, etc.), and some verbs that you’ll use (Can I have a ____?, Put the ____ on the ____, Pour the ___ in the volcano, etc.).
We usually have a slide show with vocabulary and pictures of real volcanoes. We also have a video showing how to make a science experiment volcano in less than 10 minutes on our YouTube channel.