"Geology Rocks!" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press
  • "Geology Rocks!" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press
  • Sherlock and Watson are on the case!
  • Just look at those shady ferns.
  • Volcanoes
  • A most refined Dr. Watson.
  • Earth sings "I Am Deep"
  • Mountains
  • Sea Shore, Valley, and Canyon sing "Erosion"
  • Two members of the Rock Cycle
  • Professor Rock has reappeared!
  • "I kept Sherlock's socks as souvenirs!"
  • A good time had by all
Bestseller!
    • 25-minute musical play for grades 2-6
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    Professor Rock has disappeared! His loyal students go on a quest to find him, joined by the (mostly unhelpful) Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Along the way they meet volcanoes, sea shores, canyons, suspicious ferns, and even Snow White -- and learn about the earth's geological cycles and features as they go. Who's behind Professor Rock's disappearance, and will he ever be found?

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    Order 1 copy of play for each teacher/director who will be using it. Includes permission to print/photocopy for all participating actors. Mix and match 2 or more plays to get them for $35 each.
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    Order 1 site license per school/site. Includes permission to print/photocopy for all participating students AND teachers. Why a site license? Because it's cheaper than ordering 3+ individual copies of the play.
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    Key Concepts

    Geology Rocks! reinforces students' familiarity with the following earth science subjects:

    • Geologic time; change occurs over billions of years
    • Volcanoes (magma, lava, molten rock)
    • Composition of the earth (mantel, outer core, inner core, crust)
    • Fossil fuels
    • Erosion
    • Continental plates and fault lines
    • Minerals and ores
    • The rock cycle (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic)
    • Geothermal energy

    Geology Rocks! is a great complement to your curriculum resources in geology and earth science. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!


    Publication Information

    Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-27-1
    © 2003 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples

    Full Song List

    1. Professor Rock Has Disappeared
    2. Geologic Time
    3. I Ain't Well
    4. I Am Deep
    5. Oh to Be a Fossil Fuel
    6. Erosion
    7. Love Them Plates
    8. Seven Little Miners
    9. Rock Cycle
    10. Professor Rock Has Re-Appeared


    Casting

    Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
    Use as many Volcanoes, Ferns, etc. as desired; one student
    can also play more than one role. Note that all roles can be
    played by either boys or girls.

    Script

    This is the first one-third of the script:

    CHARACTERS:

    Rosie
    Jenn
    Sherlock Holmes
    Dr. Watson
    Volcanoes
    Earth
    Ferns
    Sea Shore
    Canyon
    Valley
    Mountains
    Snow White
    Igneous Rock
    Sedimentary Rock
    Metamorphic Rock
    Professor Rock
    and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage
    at the time

    (STUDENTS walk quickly back and forth across stage, apparently searching for
    something or someone. Finally one STUDENT stops and loudly says:)

    ROSIE: Let’s face it—our geology teacher, Professor Rock, is missing!

      Song 1 - Listen now!

    CLASS (sings):
    Now we’ve searched high and we’ve searched low
    So where on earth could that man go?
    Our Professor Rock has disappeared.

    We have not found a clue or trail
    A zero on the Richter scale
    Our Professor Rock has disappeared.

    He loves he loves volcanoes
    He loves he loves glaciers too
    Earthquakes make him laugh
    He hugs his seismograph
    Every dinner that he ate
    Was on a tectonic plate.

    Now everywhere we turn we see
    A geologic mystery

    ONE STUDENT: Hey look I found some pieces of his beard!

    STUDENTS (shout): How weird!

    CLASS:
    Is he a victim of basalt?
    Or is it San Andreas’ fault?
    Our Professor Rock has disappeared.

    He loves he loves volcanoes
    He loves he loves glaciers too
    Earthquakes make him laugh
    He hugs his seismograph
    Every dinner that he ate
    Was on a tectonic plate.

    Doo doo doo doo
    Doo doo doo doo
    Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
    Our Professor Rock has disappeared Disa- Disappeared.

    (TWO STUDENTS remain on stage.)

    ROSIE: What are we going to do, Jenn?

    JENN: I don’t know, Rosie. Professor Rock’s disappearance is a complete mystery.

    (SHERLOCK HOLMES and DR. WATSON enter. HOLMES is dressed like, well,
    Sherlock Holmes. Maybe he has a magnifying glass. Watson has a notebook and pen.)

    HOLMES: A mystery you say? Then we’ve come to the right place.

    ROSIE: Who are you?

    WATSON: Excuse us. Holmes likes dramatic entrances.

    JENN: Holmes? Sherlock Holmes?

    HOLMES: Precisely! Dr. Watson and I have come to solve the mystery of your
    missing rock. (HE picks up a rock and begins to examine it carefully with his magnifying glass.)

    ROSIE: It’s not a rock but a person, our teacher Professor Rock.

    HOLMES: Silence! My astonishing powers of deduction have led me to a clue
    right here in this rock!

    WATSON: What is it Holmes? Igneous? Metamorphic?

    HOLMES: Sedimentary, my dear Watson.

    (music to “Geologic Time” begins here. The next lines are spoken over the music.)

    JENN: Can you help us? We really need to find the Professor.

    ROSIE: We’ve got to start searching right away.

    HOLMES: Patience! These things take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

      Song 2 - Listen now!

    HOLMES and WATSON :
    The earth’s been here five billion years
    It’s seen a lot of change
    What used to be an ocean floor
    Is now a mountain range.

    The desert lands have come and gone
    The dinosaurs are hushed

    HOLMES: My brilliant brain needs time as well
    My genius can’t be rushed!

    HOLMES and WATSON:
    Geologic, geologic Geologic time
    Geologic, geologic Geologic time

    WATSON: He’s slow as rock

    HOLMES and WATSON:
    So set the clock
    For geologic time.

    The Colorado river runs
    Ten million years it creeps
    And bit by bit a canyon forms
    That’s over one mile deep.

    The desert lands have come and gone

    The dinosaurs are hushed

    HOLMES: My brilliant brain needs time as well
    My genius can’t be rushed!

    HOLMES, WATSON, and CHORUS:
    Geologic, geologic Geologic time
    Geologic, geologic Geologic time

    WATSON: He’s slow as rock

    HOLMES, WATSON, and CHORUS:
    So set the clock For geologic time.

    WATSON: He’s slow as rock

    HOLMES, WATSON, and CHORUS:
    So set the clock For geologic time.

    HOLMES: Come along, Watson. We must find that rock. We’ll start by interviewing
    some pebbles I spotted in the driveway—they looked suspicious.

    WATSON: Splendid, Holmes. (writing in his notebook as THEY exit) I shall call this,
    The Case of the Runaway Rock.

    ( THEY exit)

    JENN: Rosie, I don’t think they’re going to be much help.

    ROSIE: No. We’ll have to find Professor Rock on our own.

    JENN: Right. Professor Rock has been working near some volcanoes—maybe
    we should talk to them.

    ROSIE: Great idea.

    (THEY walk around until they meet the VOLCANOES, who have entered.)

    JENN: There they are!

    ROSIE: Hello, volcanoes. Have you seen Professor Rock?

    VOLCANO #1: He was here just a few days ago, checking up on us. We haven’t
    been feeling well.

    ROSIE: I can see. You don’t look so hot.

    VOLCANO #2: Oh no, we’re TOO hot. That’s the problem.

    Song 3

    VOLCANOES:
    I ain’t well
    Can’t you tell?
    I’m belching steam and ashes
    With molten molten molten rock
    Molten rock and gases.

    I ain’t well
    See me swell?
    I think it’s something drastic
    I’m feeling feeling feeling aaach!
    Feeling pyroclastic.

    Magma coming up my vent
    Lava pouring out
    Here it comes
    I need a Tums TM
    Before I blow my spout.

    I ain’t well
    Can’t you help?
    I’m crackin’ and I’m swellin’
    I feel like feel like feel like whoa!
    Feel like Mt. St. Helens.

    (VOLCANOES do dance during instrumental)

    Magma coming up my vent
    Lava pouring out
    Here it comes I need a Tums TM
    Before I blow my spout.

    VOLCANOES and CHORUS:
    I ain’t well
    Can’t you tell?
    I’m belching steam and ashes
    With molten molten molten rock
    Molten rock and gases.
    With molten molten molten rock
    Molten rock and gases.

    (VOLCANOES exit)

    ROSIE: Wow. That must be some fever if it’s hot enough to melt rock.

    EARTH (from side of stage): That’s nothin’, baby. I’m 12,000 degrees down in my core.

    JENN: Who said that?

    EARTH (entering): I did, honey. I’m the Earth.

    JENN: The earth?

    ROSIE: But how’d you get so hot? I thought you were just continents and water.

    EARTH: Isn’t that typical?! I’ve got 4000 miles down to my core, and all you folks ever
    think about is my outer 40 miles.

    ROSIE: I’m sorry.

    EARTH: Below my crust I’ve got a mantel, an outer core AND an inner core. You’ve
    got to look below the surface.

      Song 4 - Listen now!

    I am deep
    Not just water and some dust
    I am deep
    I’ve got spunk beneath my crust.

    I am deep
    Though my surface may seem mild
    I am deep
    You should see my inner child!

    My mantle is so hot and wild,
    rocks just melt and ooze
    At my core you’ll find a gal who loves to sing the blues.

    I am deep
    Miles and miles of hidden space
    I am not
    Just another pretty face.

    CHORUS:
    She’s deep
    She is deep
    She’s deep
    She is deep
    She’s deep
    She is deep.
    She’s deep
    She is deep.

    EARTH and CHORUS:
    Yes I’m deep
    Not just water and some dust
    I am deep
    I’ve got spunk beneath my crust.

    (This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

    Overall Customer Rating:
    Customer Reviews: 3


    Rating:

    Pros:
    Cons:
    Wow! Amazing!

    This was so easy to use and the kids loved it. Thank you for creating a product where the kids learn something and shine on stage. It totally rocked!


    Elk Grove, CA

    Rating:

    Pros:
    Cons:
    Educational and fun show!

    This play a rock-themed mystery, in which students can discover various times of rocks and landforms. It is a great way to reinforce what they have learned about rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, and fossil fuels. Their geology learning was made fun and exciting through this play! The students absolutely loved it! This was my first time directing a play in the classroom, and it was a great experience.



    I followed the timeline recommended and all the students knew their lines by the date of our big performance to their parents and families. We had rehearsals in which we performed to other classes on campus. Changes for next time include: recording a performance before the final day, dedicating three weeks to songs prior to reading the script, incorporating the gestures in the second or third week of learning the songs, giving students at least a full two weeks once they have their role assignment (as we cut it too short with the timetable provided), and setting up the stage with the audience as a "U" shape around the performers. Since we performed in our classroom for Back to School Night, space was limited. It helped to have some students of the back row sit on a table so they could be seen better.



    I also split up a few parts so that there were 24 roles for a class of 24 students: Rosie split into another character, who we named "Max"; the Valley was shared between two; and both Sherlock and Jenn were split roles in that one student played the character for the first half of the play, and another student took over for the second half. I wish I'd split Dr. Watson's role in half this way, too.



    Good luck and enjoy! Three weeks after our last performance and my students are still singing the songs and quoting the script.

    Rincon, GA

    Rating:

    Pros:
    Cons:
    My favorite show!

    I have used this show for 6 years in a row. It enhances our 3rd grade science curriculum nicely and my third grade students love the music and funny script. I have watched as they silently sing the erosion song during state testing to recall the 4 causes of erosion. I broke the parts for the two female student into 4 parts and have 2 males and 2 females as the students searching for Professor Rock.



    Additional Comments and Reviews:

    "A wonderful play that gets to discoveries of rocks. My students loved the whole mystery that centered around a rock theme. The play aligned perfectly with our standards. It was a great way to reinforce what they already learned. Thanks to Bad Wolf Press for making learning fun and exciting!"

    ---Leslie Antosy-Flores, Teacher, (Teacher-4th grades) Star View School, Midway City, CA


    "The students absolutely love it! I appreciated it because it covered so much content area in a short time. Everything the students learned was covered, so I felt confident that I met all benchmarks...The students always looked forward to our practices. I'm still singing the songs in my head!"

    ---Ginger Becker, Teacher (4th grade), Marion Elementary, Marion, KS.


    "I thought it was marvelous! The songs and actions were easy and there were enough parts for everyone. Thank you for this invaluable resource!"

    ---Diana Yoon, Teacher (6th grade) Stoddard School, Anaheim, CA


    "Not only did our 'cherubs' have a great time learning and performing the play, the parents were truly amazed at the amount of 'educational stuff' that was included with all the fun."

    ---Kathi George, Teacher (3rd grade), Elmwood School, Hopkinton, MA


    "This was my first year to teach science and this musical was an awesome supplement. The students had a blast while learning. They even sing the songs when we go on field trips."

    ---Darlene Young, Teacher (6th grade), LBJ Middle School, Johnson City, TX


    "The students learned the songs quickly and gain a lot of knowledge. Our science teacher said the play meets the requirements of the 5th grade Taks science test. We accomplished the whole play in 20 days."

    ---Melodee Christian, Teacher (3rd grade) Haskell Elementary, Haskell, TX


    "I enjoyed the music, humor and knowledge base. The school audience was very responsive. They loved the humor. I love being able to listen to music samples on your website. (Keep writing. I feel like I have hit on a gold mine)."

    ---Cindy Martinson, Teacher (2nd grade) Hermantown Elementary, Hermantown, MN


    "The kids love it and so do I. I am not musically timid, but love doing your shows anyway because there are fun. I like the fact that you include different styles of music (country, rock, etc) everyone has something to enjoy. Great content. Good staging tips, etc."

    ---Katie Robinson, Teacher (2nd grade) Green Valley School, Danville, CA


    "I would tell a teacher who has never done a play or a musical to relax and enjoy the process. The CD helps tremendously, and there are plenty of parts to match different student personalities. Doing the play was fun for all of us. Our headmaster just told me he's gotten nothing done all morning because he's been fielding compliments about our play."

    ---Susanne Tomillon, Teacher (2nd), Grymes Memorial School, Orange, VA


    "This musical is a classic! I do Bad Wolf plays with lots of different classes. Geology Rocks works so well with a broad spectrum of grades. The kids can ham up the parts. Teachers like the play because it works so well with a variety of approaches to teaching geology. All the songs work with groups and are popular with parents."

    ---Rich Howell, Enriching Education, Nevada City, CA


    "Excellent!!! The students learned so much. We were doing a science unit on geology too."

    ---Judy Redman, Teacher (3rd grade) Highland Grove School, Highland, CA


    "Love it! Very educational."

    ---Linda May, Teacher (5th grade), Centennial Arts Academy, Gainesville, GA.


    "Great show---the kids and parents loved it!"

    ---Maria Makevicius, Teacher (4th-6th grades) The Montessori School of Pensacola, Pensacola, FL

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    Science

    Language Arts

    Fine Arts

    • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

    Vocabulary

    geology
    Richter scale
    volcano
    earthquake
    seismograph
    tectonic plate
    continental plate
    fault
    San Andreas fault
    igneous
    metamorphic
    sedimentary
    canyon
    desert
    mountain
    molten rock/magma
    pyroclastic
    Mt. St. Helens vent
    ore
    mantel
    core
    crust
    gravel
    marble
    limestone
    basalt
    granite
    fossil fuel
    natural gas
    oil
    coal
    decompose
    precious metal
    valley
    weathering
    plateau
    Himalayas
    mineral silver
    iron
    gold
    diamond
    copper
    aluminum
    nickel
    lead
    opal
    sapphire
    emerald
    ruby
    rock cycle
    sediment
    geo-thermal

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