Geology Activities & Games

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

Geology will have your students looking at rocks and all kinds of features of the ground. To help your students learn more about geology, use these activities and games to get them started.

What is Geology?

You might think of geology as simply learning about rocks. People who study geology certainly spend a good amount of time researching rocks, but they do plenty more too. They might study how the rocks change over time, plate tectonics, and water resources. This field of study can seem huge, but by breaking it into smaller chunks through activities and games, you'll be able to help your students delve into the topic.

Earthquake Simulation

Divide your students into groups of 3-4, and assign them each a tectonic fault. There are many to consider, and you might want to base your decisions on faults that your students live close to or know about. Some faults to consider are: San Andreas Fault, Tatsuda Fault, Wellington Fault, or the Sobral Fault. Each group should research the geology of the fault and create a model of the fault. Their fault should demonstrate how the plates interact to create an earthquake. Have each group do a demonstration for the rest of the class in which they describe their models.

Rock Sort

Ask your students to bring in a variety of rocks to class. Encourage them to find rocks in many different places: parks, beaches, or their own gardens. Divide your students into small groups and ask them to sort their rocks into the categories of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. You may want to supplement their collections with rocks from all three types to ensure that your students have rocks of all types. As an extension, have your students choose one rock of each type, 3 total, to create a bio for. They should draw their observations of the rock and explain how they can tell which type the rock is.

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