Monday 30 August 2021

Make your own sedimentary structures

Following on from our sedimentary structures puzzle game of last week. 'Which sedimentary structures can you make? Making sedimentary structures in the classroom using simple apparatus and materials'.

This can be used as a revision activity, involving investigating how sedimentary structures are formed in loose sediment. To fit in with lesson timing, the teacher can allocate one structure per small group of students, share out the apparatus and then compare notes afterwards.

Many more activities related to sedimentary rocks and structures can be found on our website.

Monday 23 August 2021

Game to help to really understanding sedimentary structures

The new ELI today is a game for students to help them to really understand sedimentary structures. 'Picturing puzzle structures; visualise and draw sedimentary structures from a verbal description.'


This Earthlearningidea will enhance pupils’ skills of description and interpretation using photographs of sedimentary structures. It can also be used as a revision exercise and is good fun.

Many activities related to sedimentary structures can be found on our website.

Monday 16 August 2021

Fossil hunter - dig up a dinosaur

A good activity for the summer in a sand pit or on the beach is 'Dig up the dinosaur; become a fossil hunter and dig up a dinosaur'. All you need is a wooden or plastic dinosaur skeleton.

Click here to watch a short video of the activity.

The activity involves digging up buried ‘bones’ in a systematic manner and reconstructing the skeleton. By observing how the 'bones' were found, you can determine whether the creature was buried suddenly or not.

Many other activities related to fossils and dinosaurs can be found on our website.

Monday 9 August 2021

How will rising sea level affect our coastlines?

The next in our 'net zero' emissions series is an adaptation measure to climate change, 'How will rising sea level affect our coastlines ... and what can be done to adapt to rising sea levels?'

This Earthlearningidea explores how sea level rise in response to climate change might affect coastal communities and how these communities might adapt to this rise.

Many more activities related to sea level change can be found on our website. There are also many activities related to 'net zero' emissions.

Monday 2 August 2021

Understanding the phases of the Moon - with lollipops, a tennis ball and a bright light

An idea for the holidays - 'Lollipop moon; modelling the phases of the moon with a ball, lollipops and a bright light'.

This model demonstrates what the phases of the moon look like when viewed from outside the Earth.Other activities in the series include:

Jaffa moon

Polystyrene moon 

More activities related to the Moon can be found in the Earthlearningidea Earth in Space category.