Monday, 20 January 2020

The carbon cycle

'The carbon cycle through the window; how much evidence of the carbon cycle can you see through the window?'


The carbon cycle can be introduced when teaching many topics including the atmosphere, photosynthesis, respiration, decomposition, combustion and fossil fuels, climate change and so on. Possible answers are provided in the activity.
Many more activities relating to the Earth as a system can be found on our website.



Monday, 13 January 2020

A palaeogeography in your school yard

The new ELI today is 'Playground continents; a palaeogeography in your school yard'.


In this Earthlearningidea, pupils are asked to match a set of specimens or photographs to their probable location on a map of an imaginary continent, drawn on the playground surface or on paper in the classroom.
This topic provides an excellent link between evidence in the geological record for former climatic regimes and modern geography. It could well be run in liaison between the science and the geography departments.
For more activities related to Palaeoenvironments, please refer to our Teaching strategies, the alphabetical index or use the search engine on our website.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Rock cycle - product and process

'Laying out the rock cycle: product and process; sorting out the rock cycle products – and then adding the processes'

In this activity 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.
Many activities about the rock cycle can be found on our website.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Make your own cross-bedding

The new ELI today is - 'Sedimentary structures – make your own cross-bedding: classroom activities to make and explain how cross-bedding forms'


At the end of this activity, pupils can demonstrate how cross-bedding is formed by water and by air currents. Also, they can explain the depositional processes involved.
Many activities about sedimentary structures can be found by using the search engine or the alphabetical index, and scrolling down, on our website.

Monday, 23 December 2019

A fairytale - - by a geologist

'Once upon a time, long, long ago . . .  a geological fairytale'.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, before geological time was even invented, a geologist was in disgrace due to his unconformity. He was locked away in the highest cell of the highest turret of the highest tower - - - - - - download the activity for more.
For some serious activities, please visit our website.
Season's greetings to everyone from the ELI team

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

How do sedimentary beds form?

The new ELI this week is 'How do sedimentary beds form? – and why can we see them? Demonstrating how the beds in sedimentary rocks are deposited'.


Bedding is a common feature of sedimentary rocks, but the ways in which bedding formed and the reasons why bedding is such a common feature of sedimentary rocks is not often considered. By demonstrating how bedding forms, in the classroom or field, classes can gain a much better understanding of this very widespread sedimentary process.
Many activities about sedimentary rocks and sedimentary structures can be found on our website.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Is there life in this soil sample?

"Is there life in this soil sample? Questions to consolidate pupil understanding of soil-formation"

Soil often looks like a non-living substance that simply covers many parts of the Earth’s surface. However, pupils should be aware that if soil did not contain living material (alive and/or dead) it would no longer be soil, but would just be part of the weathered rock material found on the surface where no obvious life is present. Such non-soil debris is called regolith, as found on mountain tops and polar regions on Earth and also on the Moon or planets like Mars.
Many other activities about soil can be found by using the search engine or alphabetical search (scroll down) on our website.