Cracking the Classroom Code™ Rocks and Minerals Science Escape Room


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing rocks and minerals. To play this game your students should know the following vocabulary: metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary, minerals, rock cycle, erosion, and weathering.


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing rocks and minerals. To play this game your students should know the following vocabulary: metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary, minerals, rock cycle, erosion, and weathering.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to escape a volcano that has begun to show signs that it will erupt. Students must solve a string of science questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers. If your class has never played an escape style game before, I suggest playing this as a whole class. However, materials are provided for up to 6 different groups to play at one time.

**Versions with and without QR codes included!

Students try and solve clues and questions to breakout and escape the classroom. You, the teacher, can decide how much time your students have to complete the task. I suggest 45 minutes, but it is up to your discretion. You can project a timer for your class, or put one somewhere for all the students to see, so they can keep track of how much time they have left to complete their task.

This is similar to a scavenger hunt where students will be moving around the room, looking for clues to unlock their envelopes (I have included riddles and suggestions on where to hide each clue). A paper is provided so students can write their work down. For many of the questions, students must have an answer that matches one on an envelope. If the answers do not match, they can’t open or “unlock” the envelope, and must rework the question.

*Everything is included, however teachers must provide their own envelopes.

I give step by step instructions on how to set up the game, including pictures! This is sure to capture the attention of your students.


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129 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ Rocks and Minerals Science Escape Room

  1. Caycee Page

    Great Product!!!

  2. Kaitlin H.

    Can’t wait to use this at the end of our unit on rocks and minerals!

  3. Rebecca S.

    My GATE students had a lot of fun with this.

  4. Emily L.

    Very thorough! We are going to use this as a review.


    Great resource – Thank you!

  6. Jennifer S.

    Can’t wait to use this with my fourth graders!

  7. Creative Critters

    Great product, thanks!

  8. Jasmine Hughes

    My 4th graders had so much fun with this escape room! It made for a fun, educational activity during the last week of school.

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  10. Brooke G.

    Oh. My. Gosh! I absolutely loved this resource! My students took so much away from this – it was a great way to end our science unit. So excited to be able to share this again with my group this year.

  11. Chelsea H A.

    Great resource! Looking forward to my students experiencing this!

  12. Melissa A.

    Fun way for my kids to review!

  13. Christy J.

    This is a great addition to our science unit! Thank you!!

  14. Straight Outta Fourth Grade


  15. Theresa Strong

    Great resource…takes some time to organize, but it is worth it!

  16. Sonya Herl

    love the science escape room idea

  17. Annette B.

    Great review for the end of our unit on Rocks and Minerals. Thank you!

  18. Amanda Younger

    My students love this activity. It is totally worth all of the prep time.

  19. Cynthia K V.

    Looking forward to including this in my science curriculum.

  20. Ami A.

    This was great. Thanks

  21. Adetola S.

    Can’t wait to use this great and creative resource with my students

  22. Educator Crossing

    Fun review! Can’t wait to use it!

  23. Teachin with Altitude

    Worked great! The kids LOVED it!

  24. Tracy H.


  25. The Elevated Classroom

    This is an awesome product! Thank you!

  26. Julie Janowitz

    Wonderful! Thank you:)

  27. Sarah A.

    Can’t wait to use these.

  28. Danielson’s Academy

    This was great!

  29. Amanda M.

    Thank you!

  30. Christine F.

    Amazing! I can’t wait to use these with my students this year! Thank you!! 🙂

  31. Amanda V.

    Going to use this resource when we go over rocks and geology! I have looked it over and it looks great! Will update when we use it!

  32. renee D.

    Can’t wait to use for summer school!

  33. Cassi L.


  34. Elizabeth Hohenbery

    This was so fun!!

  35. Jennifer S.

    Great resource to use in my classroom! Thank you.

  36. Rebecca B.

    Love this!!!!! My kids were so entertained!

  37. Joy Thomas

    This is a well thought out activity. A bit complicated to set up, but the directions are good. The kids loved this activity! Thank you!

  38. elizabeth J.

    Great for review.

  39. Collabor8

    My class loved this activity.

  40. Lisa L.

    My students had so much fun with this! We will definitely be doing more!

  41. Maureen Beyt

    I LOVE all your crack the codes!! Fantastic launch as we use locks on our boxes instead of folders/envelopes!

  42. Melanie P.

    Can’t wait to use. Looks great!

  43. Rachel M.

    These activities are great. Easy set up and once you do one, setting up the others are a breeze.

  44. Kelly Vittorio

    Can’t wait to use this in my classroom!

  45. Jessica H.

    Great for when teaching about what makes up the Earth!

  46. Juli A.

    I’m excited to try this with my students.

  47. Tiffany H.

    I love this product, but there is a lot of prep work beforehand. Thanks!

  48. Bonnie A.

    Thank you for providing a fun activity for my students to further their learning of rocks and minerals. My students love the Escape the Room activities!

  49. Mahwish S.

    Thank you for creating and sharing. Great way to make this unit engaging and 21 century skills applicable. The students enjoyed it. It was very detailed and easy to set up.

  50. Diane B.

    What a fun, educational, review game. My students will love this!

  51. Brianne G.

    Wow! I was not expecting to me so many pages included in this resource. I like that you give the option of QR codes or no QR codes. Great description of how to set up the Escape Room. Thanks 🙂

  52. Kimberly N.

    This is an awesome resource to review rocks and minerals!

  53. Patricia P.

    Thank you! I love these products

  54. Monica Anderson

    Love, Love, Love this! It’s fabulous, as usual!

  55. Morris R.

    Great resource!

  56. Buyer

    Students enjoyed the activity.

  57. Julia Davis

    My students absolutely loved this! It was a great culminating activity for our rock unit. (I even found some obsidian rocks online for cheap, and gave each student that “cracked the code” their own as a prize. One very minor tweak: the black and white version of the rock cycle card is not as clear as the colored ones, and that group was confused trying to figure out the arrows.

  58. Melissa T.

    My students love your escape rooms! Thank you for a great resource!

  59. Buyer


  60. BilingualBlanca

    Awesome resource as usual!

  61. Jonathan K.

    Excellent! Is there an A+ rating? We finished this today. I used at as a whole class activity with 2nd-4th grade science students. We did it over two periods so we could focus on each envelope and clue. This was fantastic. I will definitely be doing more of these next year.

  62. Lejandra E.

    I really like this activity. Thank you for sharing.

  63. Elizabeth L.

    Thank you so much this is a wonderful resource.

  64. Alisha R.


  65. Casey S.

    I’ve purchased several of your code activities and myself and my students just love them. I can’t wait to use this one with our rock unit.

  66. Darlene A.

    Second crack the code I’ve purchased. My class loves them.

  67. Caitlin L.

    My students loved this activity! Thank you!

  68. Ishy’s Smart Board Lessons

    Thanks for the resource

  69. Buyer

    Another hit in my classroom. My students love crack the code.

  70. Buyer

    SO much fun! Really helped my kids review the content and work together. Want to do more!

  71. Sheila P.

    Kids loved it!

  72. Gayle Lambert

    There is a lot of set up but it is worth it! My students LOVE it!

  73. Heather Hoover

    so much fun

  74. Paula R.

    Plan to use asap. Kids can’t help to be engaged!

  75. Cheryl F.

    Can’t wait to do this with my students next week!

  76. Sharilyn J.

    So engaging and fun!

  77. K M.

    My kids beg for these, so I’m excited to add science.

  78. Amie H.

    I have multiple of these and love them! They make my students use teamwork and their knowledge to complete.

  79. Buyer

    Really fun way to hit the same topic again in middle school.

  80. Frances Adams

    I LOVE all of her escape rooms. They’re great for student engagement.

  81. Kelsey C.

    Such a great resource!

  82. Julie B.

    My students love these! Thanks!

  83. Kristan Y.

    Perfect for end of our Birth of Rocks unit. Thanks!

  84. Lacy A.

    Just got through putting 4 sets of these together to use in my classroom next week! I can’t wait to see how much my students LOVE these!

  85. Melissa Bynum

    I can’t wait to try this out with my students!

  86. Buyer


  87. Guadalupe G.

    So much fun! We had to do it as a whole class as it was our first crack the code, but the kids loved it and it helped them put their knowledge to the test. Once we finished I had them create a mini cheat sheet with notes on what they were having trouble with.

  88. Jamie B.

    Thanks so much! The students had a lot of fun!

  89. sarah D.

    Awesome as always!

  90. Alli L.

    Thank you for the great resource 🙂

  91. From STEM to Library

    Wonderful! Thank you :]

  92. Kiley M.

    This is awesome! Step by step instructions were wonderful! Kids loved it and had a blast. Will definitely be buying more of your items!

  93. Jennifer E.

    I am excited to incorporate this into my science classes.

  94. Buyer

    My class loved doing this!! It was fun observing them as they solved the clues and made their way to the safe zone. Thank you!

  95. Amy B.

    So easy to use….thanks!

  96. Jacque H.

    Looking forward to using this with my class! Thanks for your hard work!

  97. Lisa C.

    Super fun and engaging!!

  98. David Y.

    Great resource

  99. Julie D.

    My class loved this! Thanks!

  100. Sheryl M.

    This was so much fun! It was the first Escape room that we did and they loved it! They ask me for them all the time now! Thanks

  101. Shannon Scott

    Thank you

  102. Julianne A.

    Wonderful Resource!

  103. Charlena P.

    This was amazing to see the kids do! Thanks!

  104. Becky C.

    Great teamwork challenge to wrap up our unit!

  105. Karla Sanders

    Never had so much fun! This is awesome! Hard to put together- but a great activity!

  106. Angela N.

    What a wonderful way to review!

  107. Rachael W.

    My students LOVED the escape classrooms! I also enjoyed them as well! The instructions were so detailed and everything worked!

  108. Brooke W.

    I did my first Crack the Classroom Code on Friday and it was everything I was hoping… and more! Thank you for creating such an engaging resource for students to HAVE FUN & review skills at the same time.

  109. Amy Jo M.

    Looks great

  110. Courtney S.

    This is the third Cracking the Classroom Code pack that I’ve bought from you! I have loved the other two and cannot wait to use this one as the review before our Rocks and Minerals test! Thank you for these awesome activities!

  111. Buyer

    I cannot wait to use this project with my Fourthies towards the end of this science unit!

  112. Jonathan C.

    Thank you for creating this great activity! I am excited to share this with my class.

  113. Cori W.

    I am so excited to use this with my fourth graders!

  114. Alana F.

    Super fun! Took my fourth graders wayyyyy longer than 45 minutes though. We worked on this for about an hour and a half and still didn’t finish.

  115. Anna Deeg

    So excited to use this in the spring when we do this unit!

  116. Christy D.

    The kids love them! I am starting to get the hang of them… 🙂

  117. Patricia Smith

    Fun and engaging. The kids love the adventure.

  118. Intermediate Interactions

    Can’t wait to use this when our unit comes up!

  119. Wendy W.

    I love your escape classrooms and can’t wait to use this one in my geology unit this year!!! Thanks!!!

  120. Teaching with Pink Chalk

    I can’t wait to use this with my Grade 4’s after our Rocks and Minerals unit!

  121. Nicole C.

    Yay! I can’t wait to try this with my 4th graders!

  122. Leslie H.

    Love these! I can’t wait to use them!

  123. Cre-8-ed 2 Teach

    Engaging activity for the students.

  124. AQeelah M.

    Teacher tested…kid approved! Thank you!

  125. Helen Jo Morse

    These games are really fun! I think I should have all the 3rd grade versions by now 🙂

  126. Janice J.

    Love It

  127. Connie A.

    Can’t wait to try it out!!!

  128. Matryoshka Mama

    Great product!

  129. Buyer

    Amazing as usual! Thank you!

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