Earth Science: Geologic Time Travel


Professor, your time machine is so powerful that only someone with a deep knowledge of time should use it. Use your knowledge of geologic time to take us back in time!

  • Indoor Treasure Hunt
  • Ages 8 – 12


This educational treasure hunt for ages 8 to 12 takes students on a time travel adventure through Earth's geologic history.  Each page has a geologic time puzzle which, when solved, identifies the location of the next clue.

This treasure hunt is a great way to review what your student has learned about Geologic Time. It covers: key events on the Geologic Timeline, the Geologic Time Scale's Ages, Epochs, Eons, Eras and Periods, determining relative geologic time based on rock layers and fossil records, the five mass extinction events, and carbon dating using half-life.

This activity takes around 1 - 2 hours to complete. Your student may need to use reference materials to solve the puzzles. Keep scrolling the drop down below for some great Geologic Time reference materials and teaching resources we have curated for you.

To use this treasure hunt you will need a printer, eleven pieces of paper, and the following locations:

  • Carpet
  • Chair
  • Pillow
  • Shirt
  • Table
  • Shoes
  • Microwave
  • Stapler
  • Drawer

Educational Curricula and Resources to Use with this Treasure Hunt


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