Monday 23 February 2009

Become a fossil hunter and dig up a dinosaur

Have you tried this Earthlearningidea - Dig up the dinosaur? How does a scientist set about digging up a large fossil, like a dinosaur? How can scientists ensure that they obtain maximum evidence from their discoveries and do not accidentally destroy vital clues? Find out with this activity.

Monday 16 February 2009

The Himalayas in 30 seconds

This is a very popular Earthlearningidea. We have added a further extension idea using plaster of Paris instead of flour. Please let us know how you get on.

Photos of 'Quake shake - will my home collapse?'

A pupil in a rural school in Tamil Nadu, India, trying out this Earthlearningidea.
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Saturday 14 February 2009

Continuing our Darwin theme - -

This is Jothi showing teachers how to set up a wormery in order to carry out Earthlearningidea 'Darwin's big soil idea'. The teachers are taking part in an In-Service training programme in Theni district, organised by Jayaraj Annapackiam College for Women, Periyakulam, India, sponsored by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
Have you tried this activity yet? Let us know how your worms are doing. It took 15 days in the UK for them to completely destroy the original layers in the wormery we gave them - click here to see what they did.

Monday 9 February 2009

Charles Darwin's 200th birthday - 12th February

To celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday this week, we have published our Earthlearningidea 'A time-line in your own backyard'. We have also added some extension ideas to the original activity. Do please look at these and let us know what you think.
How do you teach this topic in your school? Is your idea better than ours?

Monday 2 February 2009

Density of the Earth

Our latest Earthlearningidea is 'From an orange to the whole Earth: using an orange to model different densities of the Earth's layers'. Ask your pupils:-
- what will happen if you put a whole orange into a container of water?
- what will happen when you peel the orange and put the orange without its peel into water?
- what will happen when you put the orange peel into the water on its own?
Scientists know that the relative density of the whole Earth is 5.5 but the rocks of the Earth's crust have a much lower average relative density of 3.00. What does this tell you about the density of the layers inside the Earth?
This is a simple activity to carry out; tell us how you get on.