Rock/Mineral Scavenger Hunt
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This page first made public: Sep 13, 2006
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Context for Use
Teaching Notes and Tips
The most likely cheat will be for students to carry pre-identified specimens into the field and try to turn them in for points. Also discourage students from following other teams around to try and scavenge their finds.
This game would probably work even better for plant identification than for rock-hunting.
References and Resources
Geology Explorer: Planet Oit Information ( This site may be offline. ) is a virtual prospecting game that will help students prepare for the Rock/Mineral Scavenger Hunt. If they do both, tell them to think of this game as live-action Oit.