Monday 29 January 2024

What is a mineral?

'Mineral or not? Discussion about what is a mineral and what is not'.


This is an activity centred around pictures or samples to enable pupils to distinguish between a mineral in the Earth science sense and other ways in which the term is commonly used.

Many related activities about Minerals can be found in the Earth Materials section of our website.

Monday 22 January 2024

For the Green revolution, how is a critical mineral different from an essential mineral?

The new ELI is the last in the current series of Essential Minerals for the Green Revolution. It is "Essential mineral – critical mineral: what is the difference?"

This activity defines the purpose of a national critical minerals list for the future needs of the UK’s technology. It could form a summary of the Earthlearningidea series on metal ores which are essential for the “new” technologies as well as for the growth of existing industries.

The full series of 'Essential Minerals for the Green Revolution' can be found in the Minerals section of Earth Materials on our website.

Monday 15 January 2024

Alligators spotted in London

Pupils obtain information and use it to interpret past environments. The activity could be used in science, geography or environmental studies lessons. Writing the story involves a cross-curricular link with the arts.

 Other related activities may be found in 'Visualising deep time' and in Cross-Curricular ELIs.

Monday 8 January 2024

Imagining the enormity of geological time

The new ELI today is 'Counting to one million? - trying to imagine the enormity of geological time'.

This activity helps young children to understood the meaning of one million and from there hundreds and thousands of millions. Related activities can be found in our 'Visualising deep time' category.

Monday 1 January 2024

Relating minerals and rocks to everyday objects

'What is it made of? Relate each mineral or rock to the everyday object containing it.'

This activity emphasises the presence of geological resources in many of the things used in our daily lives.

Other related activities can be found in 'Engineering and industrial geology'  in our Earth Materials category.