Monday, 18 February 2019

Rock cycle in wax

'The rock cycle in wax; using a candle to demonstrate the rock cycle processes'

In this ELI a candle is used to demonstrate several rock cycle processes, and is effective in consolidating understanding of the rock cycle at the end of a lesson.
Many activities related to the rock cycle can be found on our website.

Monday, 11 February 2019

What happened when? Working out sequences of events

New ELI today - 'What happened when?: sorting out sequences using stratigraphical concepts. Are the age-based stratigraphical concepts principles or laws? – and how do you use them?'


The stratigraphical concepts used for age sequencing can be applied through indoor and outdoor exercises in both natural and constructed situations and they are great fun to do!
More activities about working out geological sequences can be found in our Geological time category on the website.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Fold mountains: the Himalayas in 30 seconds!

'The Himalayas in 30 seconds! Making a miniature fold mountain range in an empty box'

This activity models how lateral pressure can squeeze rocks into folds and faults, and imitates the way in which fold mountain ranges are formed. It could be used to extend a physics lesson on forces, or to aid understanding of the ways in which Earth’s surface features affect weather systems such as the monsoon, in geography.
Many more activities related to fold mountains and plate tectonics can be found on our website.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Urban fieldwork - the stories told by building stones

The new ELI today is 'Urban fieldwork – the stories from materials, colours, lines and shapes; find out the stories told by materials used in building and for decoration'


In this activity. pictures focussed on colours, lines and shapes are used  to begin to tell the stories of the stones used in urban areas. This urban fieldwork helps to show that, wherever stones are found or used, the features within them can be used to tell the stories of how they formed, and sometimes, how they were later deformed.
Many activities related to buildings stones and to field work can be found on our website.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Investigating soil erosion

'Why does soil get washed away? Investigating why some farmers lose their soil through erosion whilst others do not'.

Soil erosion is a normal part of the natural rock cycle, but it can become a major problem in many rural areas where people depend on the land for their livelihood. This activity provides the opportunity to investigate some of the factors involved in limiting soil erosion. Video clip.
Your pupils can extend the activity by doing some soil painting too.
Many more soil activities can be found on our website by using the search engine or alphabetical index.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Measuring climate change

New ELI today: 'What could we measure to find out if climate change is happening here? What climate change indicators could be measured in our own backyard or school grounds?'

This activity involves a class discussion on the likely local impact of climate change.
More activities related to climate change can be found on our website either by using the search engine or the alphabetical index.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Working out past environments

'What was it like to be there – in the rocky world? Bringing the formation of solid rock to life – by imagining yourself there when it formed'

This activity asks pupils questions relating to all the senses, to try to bring past environments of the formation of rocks to life.
Many more activities about past environments can be found on the website.