Monday, 10 December 2018

Become a fossil hunter and dig up a dinosaur

'Dig up the dinosaur; become a fossil hunter and dig up a dinosaur'.

This activity provides practice in working systematically, in contrast to simply grabbing an item as it is discovered. It could be used to amplify work on fossilisation. The use of a grid could be used to reinforce a lesson in maths or geography.
Many more activities relating to fossils and the evolution of life can be found on our website.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Modelling a divergent (constructive) plate margin

The new ELI today is 'Faults in a MarsTM Bar; pulling apart a MarsTM Bar to model a divergent plate margin'.


The activity models the processes which are taking place at oceanic ridges and continental rift valleys, and enables pupils to see that tensional forces can produce “rift valleys”. It is appropriate in both geography and science lessons AND it can be eaten afterwards!
Lots more activities relating to faults and divergent (constructive) plate margins can be found on our website.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Metamorphic aureole in a tin

'Metamorphic aureole in a tin; investigate what controls the changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion'

This ELI+ Earthlearningidea is an investigation modelling the factors affecting changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion, using a container of hot water embedded in sand.
Our website has other activities involving metamorphism.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Tipping points in climate change

The new Earthlearningidea published today is 'Modelling tipping points – by hands; demonstrating tipping points in the Earth’s system with the hands of three people'.

This is an activity to demonstrate the concept of tipping points in climate change. Tipping points are often discussed in climate change and there are several well-known films based on the sudden change of climate to a new ice age or to much hotter conditions.
Other teaching ideas about climate change can be found by using the ELI search engine or the alphabetical index.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Plot the moving continents

'The Earth time jigsaw puzzle; plot the moving continents, from the past to the future'.

Research has shown that pupils and other people can have great difficulty visualising the great lengths of geological time. This activity has been devised to help them to think in hundreds of millions of years and to picture the steady movement of continents over the expanse of geological time.
Note, the area shown in red on the maps shows part of the micro-continent of Avalonia on which England and Wales formed and of part of the Laurentian plate containing Scotland.
Many activities about moving continents and plate tectonics can be found on our website.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Why are big earthquakes so much more destructive than small ones?

Today we are publishing our 300th Earthlearningidea!
'Spaghetti quakes; why are big earthquakes so much more destructive than small ones?


This activity uses increasingly large bundles of dry spaghetti to demonstrate how each unit of logarithmic increase in earthquake magnitude is related to a 30-fold increase in energy release. It's a demonstration of “earthquake energy” using spaghetti, to help students to appreciate the use of logarithmic scales when measuring quantities with huge ranges in values. And it's fun!
Many more earthquake related activities can be found on our website by using the search engine or the alphabetical index.

Monday, 29 October 2018

European Friendly Rock Network


invites you to join the EUROPEAN FRIENDLY ROCK NETWORK.

 The Network is established with the following aims:
  1. Raising awareness of young people on nature and interest for geosciences;
  2. Increase the schools’ (teachers’/students’) knowledge on the geology and heritage of the region they inhabit;
  3. Increase the pedagogical quality of their rock sample collection;
  4. Target groups are school students 12-18 years old.
How can I join the network and what am I expected to do?
  1. If your school wants to join the network, please fill in an application form. The organisers will inform you about the further details.
  2. Collect information on the geology of the region where your school is located by consulting geological surveys, university departments, or museums.
  3. Select one or more location(s) from where hand samples can be collected without raising security and/or geoconservation issues.
  4. Document the outcrop/location by coordinates, photos and a description, indicate it on a map and draw a geological section if possible.
  5. Collect rock samples from the location(s). Document the sample by a short description and photos; indicate the place of the sample on the map.
  6. Exchange rock samples with the documentation within the established network of schools in different regions and countries in order to produce thematic geological kits based on rock specimens.
The list of the participating schools from different countries will be provided to the participating schools in order to help the contact and change of rock samples between them.