Monday 27 November 2023

Modifying resources for students with a visual impairment

The new ELI today is the second in our series for students who cannot see - - 'Teaching geology to students with visual impairment (VI) - 2: modifying visual resources for students who cannot see.'

This activity is about making geology accessible to all. Visual resources are a key part of learning geology. The frequency of their use and the variety of types employed in teaching and assessment of geology presents a significant challenge for both teacher and learner. 

A similar activity can be found in our cross-category topics.

Monday 20 November 2023

Continuing our preservation theme . . . 'How could I become fossilised?
Thinking through fossilisation in the context of me or you'.

In this activity, pupils think through the decay processes that the human body is likely to be involved in as it moves towards fossilisation - as a means of gaining
understanding of fossilisation processes and what fossils are.

In our 'Fossils' section of the Evolution of Life category, there are many other activities.

Monday 13 November 2023

Bog bodies - preservation in peat

The new ELI today is 'From hard-boiled eggs to bog bodies; an investigation into the effects of tannin and mild acid'.

Exceptional preservation of animals and plants takes place when they have fallen into peat bogs within the last 10,000 years. This activity allows pupils to investigate the effects of tannin and a mild acid in this process.

Other related activities can be found in our Evolution of Life category.

Monday 6 November 2023

Identifying rocks the active way!

This is a game to help pupils to understand, and remember, the different rock types ‘Rockery 1 - rock game; model different characteristics of rocks - with your pupils'.


The activity helps pupils to remember the fundamental differences between rock types. It is also a lot of fun!

Many related activities about rocks can be found here.

Monday 30 October 2023

Tin, tungsten and tantalum - essential minerals for the future

The new ELI today continues our series - 'Essential Minerals for the Green Revolution – 6 “The Three Ts”; Tin, Tungsten and Tantalum'.

This ELI contrasts good practice in extracting essential minerals with illegal mining. It also gives a brief survey of world production of the “Three Ts”.

Go to our Earth Materials Minerals category to find many related activities.

Monday 23 October 2023

Monday 16 October 2023

Cobalt, mined by children

Today, we continue with our series on 'Essential minerals for the Green Revolution with number 5, Cobalt; mined by children'.

This ELI raises awareness of the main trade in cobalt and the use of child labour in cobalt mines in the main producing country. Worldwide demand for cobalt and related metals is rising rapidly as new technologies are embraced.

Related activities can be found in 'Minerals' in our Earth Materials category.