Monday, 21 August 2017

Why is the fossil record incomplete?

'Shell shake – survival of the toughest; why is the fossil record incomplete?'

Many organisms are destroyed by being eaten or by being broken up into tiny fragments by moving water, or by processes of changing the sediments to rock. This activity demonstrates that a slab of apparently well-preserved fossils may not present a true record of all that lived there, so caution is needed in reconstructing the ancient environment in its entirety. A fossil assemblage may contain evidence about the environment in which the organisms lived, and what happened to them after their death.
Many more fossil-related activities can be found on the website.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Geo-literature: create your own geo-poem or story

Today's new Earthlearningidea is 'Geo-literature: poems and stories inspired by all things ‘geo’. Create your own geo-poem or story'

Much of our great literature was and is inspired by the natural world. This activity encourages pupils to write imaginatively about a topic they have studied in Earth science or geography. It creates a cross-curricular link between the sciences and arts. Send us your creations and we will publish them on our website.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Treasure hunt with a difference.

This Earthlearningidea is fun for young children especially if it can be played outside, 'Sensory treasure hunt; using senses to match objects with similar properties'.


This activity has endless potential and can be used in many ways.
Lots more ideas which can be used in the holidays can be found in the 'Children's Fun' section of our website.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Art and sculpture inspired by nature

This new activity is the first of a series of cross-curricular themes linking the arts and sciences. 'Geo-art: paintings to sculptures inspired by all things ‘geo’; create your own geo-artwork'


Much of our great art was and is inspired by the natural world. This activity encourages pupils to create some imaginative artwork based on a topic they have studied in Earth science or geography.
Please email us scans or photos of your pupils' or children's work and we will publish them.
Lots more ideas for holiday activities can be found on our website.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Rocks game for the holidays

When the children are collecting pebbles on the beach, perhaps they would like to put them into rock families? Have a look at 'Rock Explorers; putting rocks into families'.


A 5 year-old's explanation of the Black family: “Mummy and Daddy Black are wrinkled with holes in but the children are smooth; that’s because they are young and Mummy and Daddy are old.”
Many more ideas for young children can be found in ELI Early years.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Experience an earthquake in your classroom!

This week's new ELI is 'An earthquake in your classroom; a classroom earthquake intensity scale.'

This activity helps pupils to visualise what experiencing an earthquake of different intensities might be like. Dramatic re-enactment of this classroom earthquake intensity scale can make fine school drama performances or add to school open days.
It is worth repeating the old dictum, “Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings do.”
Many more activities about earthquakes and their causes can be found on the website.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Modelling how rock cliffs and slopes collapse

'Failing slopes; modelling how rock cliffs and slopes can collapse'  Rocks with horizontal bedding tend to be fairly stable, but when they dip at an angle they are less stable, particularly if they have vertical fractures or joints. The type of collapse usually depends upon the rock type and thickness of the beds.


The activity could be used in a lesson on slope failure itself, or as an application of the physics of friction. Results obtained from an actual investigation are given in the activity.
Many more activities can be found on our website.