Use the setting of the video game Minecraft to explore Earth Science. Student are engaged by imagining a cavern full of molten rock exists underground. When the magma cools off, what igneous rock types will be formed over time? Students solve this real-world math problem by using the silica content percentage, as minerals will crystallize out of the melt. The extra credit question is to find out how much gold ore will exist and if it's worth risking the monsters for the mining!
Students will enjoy making a connection between this science skill and a game that is relevant to many in their age range. Minecraft includes types of igneous rock so this is a great real-world activity since the video game has provided them the background knowledge. This printable is not licensed by Microsoft or Minecraft.