Monday 31 May 2021

Dating rocks

The new ELI today is 'But how old is it? Investigating radioactive dating of rocks and minerals'

This activity investigates how radioactive (radiometric) or absolute dating of rocks and minerals works. It is suggested that pupils work from the video.

Other activities about dating rocks and the Earth can be found in our 'Geological Time' category.

Monday 24 May 2021

Teaching Earth Science to develop thinking skills: using the CASE approach

We have added another teaching workshop to our website. 'Teaching Earth Science to develop thinking skills: using the CASE approach'

As usual with our workshops, there is a slide presentation (as .pptx or .pdf) with links to video clips throughout. There is also a fully comprehensive workshop booklet.

This is the latest of nine teaching workshops available on the Earthlearningidea website.

Monday 17 May 2021

Climate change: 'net zero' emissions target - Carbon capture

The second in our climate change, 'net zero' emissions series is 'Capturing carbon? Can we capture and store carbon from burning fuel, cement- and steel-making? Should we?'

This activity reviews methods of carbon capture and storage leading to the question of whether this could, or should, happen in your area.

Many other activities can be found on our website by searching for climate change and 'net zero' either in the alphabetical index or by using the search engine.

Monday 10 May 2021

Rising mountain chains - isostasy

“Hooray and up she rises!” * How a rising mountain chain can reveal its hidden secrets   ( * from the Drunken Sailor sea shanty)

The activity is aimed at reinforcing the concept of isostasy (a state of balance in the Earth’s outer layers). It is also intended to show that many igneous rocks become exposed at the Earth’s surface long after they have become solid rocks and are no longer flowing as magma. 

This activity would have more meaning if preceded by Earthlearningideas:

Isostasy 1: modelling the state of ‘balance’ of the Earth’s outer layers, and Isostasy - 2 “Bouncing back” after the ice.

Monday 3 May 2021

Climate change: meeting our 'net zero' target

The new Earthlearningidea today is the first in a series of 'net zero' activities. 'How will the ‘net-zero’ target affect your local area? Assessing the local impact of the government’s ‘net-zero’ targets for carbon emissions'.

Government ‘net-zero’ targets will affect many areas across the world. This Earthlearningidea explores what the impacts might be in a local area. Extra background information is provided in the 'net zero' activities in the rest of the series.