Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)

Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
Science: Rocks and Minerals ESCAPE ROOM - 9 Activities (inc. Fossilization)
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Using an Escape Room to develop curriculum knowledge is an exciting activity that will inspire learners from 2nd Grade to 5th Grade.

The curriculum content of this Escape Room is linked to:

  • Rocks and Minerals (along with how fossils are formed)

The aim of the Escape Room is to provide jeopardy for the children to work under pressure to solve 9 clues to help scientists who need to remember how to classify rocks into sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.

Before beginning, you will need to prepare the following:

  • A copy of the Pupil Workbook for each group
  • A set of table activities for every group – prepared beforehand and given to each group after they have all completed each Code Key activity
  • IT sources and research materials
  • Initial Starting Script sharing the problem to the children
  • Completion Script celebrating the completion of the challenge

Children do not need prior knowledge of the topic above to complete this Escape Room, as the research will support the answers and each Code Key is supported with several clues. This Escape Room is ideal as a review of learning.

The activity begins by the teacher reader the Initial Message received. It clearly tells the children that they are required to help scientists to learn how to classify rocks and minerals – as for some reason, all scientists have lost the ability and memory to do this for themselves! The only way they can do this is to solve the 9 challenges within this Escape Room. Failure is not an option!

What follows are 9 challenges which the children must solve to discover the code to move onto the next activity.

Each activity focuses and builds the children’s knowledge on many aspects of rocks and minerals.

The 9 activities are based on the following outcomes:

  • Word Search to introduce 21 key words related to rocks and minerals (also aids spelling)
  • Identifying colours of rocks
  • Vocabulary and their meaning – link the words to their definitions
  • The Rock Cycle – processes and rock types
  • True of False – statements related to qualities of rocks and minerals
  • Vocabulary knowledge – assessing growing knowledge
  • Sequencing the fossilization process
  • Cloze procedure – fill in the missing words from a given word bank
  • Give ten facts you have learnt about rocks and minerals

When all 9 activities are completed, and the children have gained the correct Code Keys from each activity, the teacher can read the final communication detailing how the children have been able to help the scientists to continue their important work.

Setting up the Escape Room

1. Children should be split into groups of no more than four and be placed in their own work space.

2. Access to IT and research materials should be provided to allow children to research answers to questions and review their own knowledge, as well as checking answers.

3. Each group should have a Code Key Booklet and decide on a team name

4. Read the Initial Message to the children to set the challenge in context. Discuss what this means, and what the activity entails.

5. Turn to Code Key 1. Agree with the children a set time to complete the problem in – this ensures that the children stay on task and maintains the Escape Room element of working under pressure.

6. At the end of the time, children should have filled in the Code Key in their booklet. The teacher can then check the accuracy of all the groups and talk through the responses the children should have.

7. Move on through the remaining challenges until all 9 have been completed.

8. For those groups who have been successful, they are then able to read the completed statement where they find out if they have escaped the Escape Room!

There are other ways of running Escape Room activities, for example, each activity could be set up on 9 tables and the children then move from table to table completing the activity. This would reduce the need for as many resources, and access to non-fiction sources and Internet Resources could then be targeted at specific Challenges.

The Escape Room should last for 2 hours.

We hope that your children enjoy this Escape Room.

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Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
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