The first thing I like to do when starting a unit (or mini unit) is make a KWL chart. K - what do we already know, W -what do you want to know, L - what we learned. Under the K part, I write whatever the kids say - even if it is an incorrect fact - that will let me know any misconceptions that I might need to clear up. The W part lets me know what kind of info the kids will find interesting and often times shapes the direction of our unit. And finally, the L part will be filled out at the end of the unit - hopefully answering the questions under the W part and correcting any misconceptions under the K part. Here is ours from today.
And then we peeled and ate the earth. Gotta love edible examples!
Finally, the boys got to get started on making their volcano molds. I would like for them to paint them tomorrow and then have them erupt on Wednesday, but something tells me that we won't be waiting until Wednesday.