Monday 31 January 2022

Make a fold mountain range in a box!


'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. You can watch a video of this Earthlearningidea.

Many more activities about fold mountains and deformation of rocks can be found in our Resources.

Monday 24 January 2022

Limestone springs; the flow of water underground

The new Earthlearningidea today is 'Limestone springs – the wells of Wells; modelling the underground flow of water through limestone passages to springs'.

This activity uses a simple model and specimens of sandstone and limestone to explain groundwater flow though limestone caves and passages to springs.

Many more watery Earthlearningideas can be found here. 


Monday 17 January 2022

What do porosity and permeability mean?

Confused? Is the rock porous or is it permeable or is it both? Try the Earthlearningidea, 'Does my rock hold water and will water flow through it?'

You could also watch the video:

This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson where the ability of rocks to hold water or hydrocarbons is being discussed.

Many more activities about the characteristics of rocks can be found on our website.

Monday 10 January 2022

Picturing trace fossils and sedimentary structures

How good are you at describing what you see so someone can draw it? Try today's new ELI 'Picturing trace fossils and other strange shapes: visualise and draw trace fossils and sedimentary structures from a verbal description

This activity enhances pupils’ skills of description and interpretation using photographs of trace fossils and sedimentary structures. It could form a useful revision activity.

More activities related to trace fossils and sedimentary structures can be found on our website.

Monday 3 January 2022

New Videos and workshop for pupils aged 7 to 9

The ELI Team is pleased to announce the launch of new videos and workshop, 'Exploring rock, soil, water, fossil' for children aged 7 to 9 (UK lower KS2)

Examples of the videos:-