Monday, 22 February 2021

Using chocolate to model plate margins

New ELI today is 'MarsTM margins - diverged, converged and transformed; modelling plate margins with a MarsTM bar - apart, together and side by side'

A demonstration of the three types of plate margins, their stress fields and characteristics using a MarsTM Bar. This activity is a bit messy but very enjoyable!

Other Earthlearningideas to do with plate margins can be found on our website.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Wriggling your toes on ancient bedding planes

The new ELI today is 'What would it feel like to wriggle your toes on an ancient bedding plane as the sediment was being deposited? Clues from the present day about the origin of sedimentary rocks'.

This activity enhances understanding of the energy levels involved in the deposition of sediment, from a series of photographs, which in many cases will prompt pupils to reflect on their own experience. It can be used to reinforce learning of sedimentary environments and their products and can be accessed from about 7 years of age upwards.

Many more activities about sediments and sedimentary environments can be found on our website.

Monday, 1 February 2021

Which power source might be built in the view you can see from your window?

'Power through the window; which power source might be built in the view you can see from your window?'

Pupils are asked to consider which of the commonly available power sources (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric or wind) COULD be built near their school/home, before being asked to think about whether the less common power sources would be viable there (solar, geothermal, tidal, wave). They are then asked to give their views on whether one of these SHOULD be built there.

Many other activities about power sources can be found on the website by using the search engine or the alphabetical index.