Monday 25 September 2023

The opening of the Atlantic Ocean

'Continental split – the opening of the Atlantic Ocean; modelling how the continents moved, from Pangaea to today'.

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This ELI is a scissors and paper activity modelling the relative positions and movements of the continents as the ocean floor spreads either side of an oceanic ridge.

Many related Earthlearningideas can be found in our Plate tectonics category.

Monday 18 September 2023

Make your own scary scorpion and imagine how it lived

New ELI -  'Scary scorpions; make your own scorpion and imagine how it lived'.

This ELI gives an introduction to fossil aquatic scorpions; bringing the animal back to life and investigating the Silurian seas. You can also have fun making your own scary scorpion.

Related activities can be found in 'Evolution of Life' or, for a younger age group, in 'ELI Early years'.

Monday 11 September 2023

How to work out the lifestyle of an extinct animal

Continuing our fossils theme - - 'Curious creatures; using fossil and modern evidence to work out the lifestyles of extinct animals'.


Life on Earth diversified around 500 million years ago when shells and skeletons appeared for the first time in the fossil record. All animal life today probably evolved from some of these creatures while others became extinct.

Many related activities can be found in our 'Evolution of Life' category.


Monday 4 September 2023

Draw and describe the fossil - can you name it?

The new ELI today is another in our 'picturing' series - 'Picturing Fossils -1: visualise and draw fossils from a verbal description'.

This activity enhances pupils’ skills of description and interpretation using photographs of fossils.
Many related activities can be found in our 'Fossils' Evolution of Life category.