Geology Activities and Fireworks


March 6-10

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Grow Crystals

2. Key Points – Identify Rocks

3. Collaborative – Experiment to discover how caves are made

4. Writing – Write about rocks

5. Math/Logic - Mining Math

6. Character Connection - Experience Stress with Earthquake Action

7. Big Activity - Create Stratigraphy

8. Movement - Play a Garbage Ball Game

Standard Disney Days Activities (from 2/22)

  1. Craft: Students write with invisible ink

  2. Main key Points - Elements - Students graph earth's elements

  3. Collaboration – lifting ice experiment

  4. Follow-up Activity – Identify types of rocks

  5. Chemical Reaction – Expose invisible words

  6. Hunt – Visit petrified tree

Weekly Disney Days

  • Geology can teach us about how the Earth became what it is today, as well as how to care for it.

  • Key Points: Stalagmites and stalactites, earthquakes, precious metals, dinosaur fossils, mountains, canyons, valleys, glaciers, waterfalls, underground rivers, formation of granite, petrified wood, Pangaea, scale, earth is made up of elements from space, 3 kinds of rocks, aquifers, how we use rocks

  • Make representations of Pangaea

  • Make a scale model

  • Create stalagtites and stalagmites

  • Identify the layers of the earth

  • Discuss the 3 kinds of Rock.

  • Look at the roots to the words of the different kinds of rocks.

  • Math Challenge: Using the Matterhorn, discuss the concept of "scale." Figure out your height in the same scale.

Minecraft Activities

  • Experience the rock cycle

  • Identify the Minecraft rocks that exist in real life

  • Experience how we use rocks

  • build challenge - carve something out of rock

Fireworks/Quests

  • Create a topographical map using paper mache for the mountain ranges.

  • Climb a hill or mountain near your home.

  • Pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Write a story as if you were reporting an Earthquake that had just occurred.

  • Assemble a 72-hour kit that your family can use in the event of a disaster.

  • Memorize the Rock Cycle song: http://simpson3rdgrade.weebly.com/uploads/5/5/2/0/55205461/rock_cycle_song.pdf

  • Sketch or paint diagrams of Pangaea, the layers inside the earth, the earth’s tectonic plates, and inside a volcano.

  • Do some earthquake puzzles:

  • http://www.edhelper.com/Earth_theme12.htm

  • http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/kids/earthquakes.html

  • Investigate what types of rocks and rock formations are common in your area. Take photographs or draw pictures of nearby rock formations. Determine what kinds of rocks you have photographed or illustrated. See i