Monday, 13 February 2017

What was it like to be on top of a mountain-building collision?

Today's new ELI is 'The view from above: living tectonism. What was it like to be there – on top of a mountain-building collision?'

A thought experiment asking pupils to imagine what it would have been like on top of a mountain range as it was being formed. This activity helps pupils to visualise the intensity of the Earth processes that cause folding and uplift, and of the intense surface processes that are likely to result – on the high exposed surfaces so formed.
Many more activities about fold mountains and mountain building can be found on the ELI website.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tsunami alert !

The new ELI today is 'Tsunami alert! Run for the hills or stay by the sea? Why does one type of earthquake produce a tsunami, whilst another does not?'
The activity may be used in the context of a science or a geography lesson, where wave motion is being considered, together with its impact on the nearby community.
This is one of three Earthlearningideas about Tsunamis - please refer to the website for these and other activities about natural hazards. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Investigating evolution by adaptation and natural selection

'How many Beany Beetles? - the evolution game'. In this Earthlearningidea, pupils investigate evolution by adaptation and natural selection.
The game results usually show that the number of surviving purple Beany Beetles decreases and the number of surviving green Beany Beetles increases even though the ratio at the  beginning was 5:1. Pupils quickly understand that being camouflaged gives the green Beany Beetles an advantage over the purple. Chance sometimes plays a part and then fewer than expected green Beany Beetles survive.
This game provides an introduction to the theory of evolution and is a useful activity for cross-curricular work covering science, geography, literacy, numeracy and art.
Many more activities about the Evolution of Life can be found on our website.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Sort out the rock cycle products - then add the processes

The new ELI today is 'Laying out the rock cycle: product and process'.

Pupils are asked to place a series of rock cycle products in the correct places on a diagram of the rock cycle, then to consider how all these are linked by rock cycle processes.
On the website you can find activities associated with each of the processes identified in the rock cycle.

Monday, 9 January 2017

NEW - Earth Learning Idea translations into Japanese!

We are delighted to announce that ELI activities are now being translated into Japanese. There are 60 plus activities already on the site with 100 planned by Easter. We are extremely grateful to our colleagues in Japan for doing this for us, especially as all their work is on a voluntary basis.
This image shows a sample from the new Japanese web page:-

You can also access the new Japanese translations from the home page of our website - ELI translations.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Metamorphic aureole in a tin

The first new ELI of 2017 is 'Metamorphic aureole in a tin; investigate what controls the changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion'

This is an investigation modelling the factors affecting changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion, using a container of hot water embedded in sand.
Other activities related to metamorphism can be found on our website.