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Geology Rocks!! Learning about the rock cycle can be a bit boring, but not when you learn it in game format! An educational game makes every lesson better. Read on to learn about the Rock Collectors game that helps kids understand the rock cycle and how the different types of rocks are formed.
I have always been a bit fascinated with rocks. I loved collecting pretty polished ones as a kid, but also was fascinated by all of the rocks I could find outside. Living in Florida as a kid, there are more shells than rocks, so I am loving living out west where rocks abound. My kids always have a few in their pockets. I am sure I hear them rattling around the dryer with every load of laundry! Can anyone relate?!
When I was in college, I performed this song in my a-cappella choir group called Rock Music that was all about geology and the different types of rocks. It was tons of fun and since then I never forgot about the rock cycle and how the different rocks were formed. We were invited to sing it in some of the geology classes on campus and it was always a hit! I have since tried to find it to teach my kids & can’t seem to find it! 🙁
Geology Lesson: Rock Cycle Game
But, enough about all of my stories about how geology rocks. Today I want to show you how to rock your lesson about the rock cycle! This fun printable board game is going to rock your kids’ life. (Ok, somebody stop me…)
But first, two awesome books to go along with the geology theme:
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long is a beautiful book about the different types of rocks and how they are formed. This series of nature books is one of our favorites.
The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer is an awesome book that shows what is happening beneath the street layer by layer all the way to the earth’s core. It folds out page by page into one long page. Then you flip it over and continue back up to the surface. It’s tons of fun to read!
How to Play the Geology Rock Cycle Game:
I named my game Rock Collectors because the goal of the game is to collect the three different types of rocks, Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary. You do this by going around and around the game board. IN the process you will choose Cobblestone Cards and filling in your Rock Record Cards.
The first player to collect all three cards and have a completed Rock Record Card wins!
The game board has a whole middle section that focuses all on changing states. There, rocks can be melted, receive heat and pressure or be broken apart through various methods.
A tip for the Rock Record Cards- I laminated ours and used dry erase markers with them because the rocks are frequently changing form!
I printed the game onto 4 pages to make it larger and more fun to play as a group. To do this from Adobe, when printing, choose the poster selection and increase the percentage you are printing it by. I did it at 175% for this size.
How to Print the Rock Cycle Game:
You can find this game in my shop. Click below to grab it!
See Also These Related Posts:
This post is part of the Monthly Nature Book Club. This month’s theme is Rocks, Gems and Fossils. Stay tuned next month for Storms & Weather. Check out more of my Nature posts.
Follow along with posts from the other participants this month:
- Fossil Exploration from Something to Offer
- Growing Egg Geodes from Table Life Blog
- “There Are Rocks in My Socks,” said the Ox to the Fox ~Online Book Club from Hide the Chocolate