Monday, 27 June 2016

'The present is the key to the past'

The ELI today involves applying ‘The present is the key to the past’. It is an outdoor activity using Earth science-thinking in reverse.


This activity helps pupils to build a picture of the past from the evidence preserved. It is one of many field work activities available to download free of charge from our website.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

What evidence do living organisms leave behind in rocks?

'Trace fossils - burrows or borings' Living creatures often leave behind evidence of their activity in rocks, even if their actual remains are not found as body fossils. Clues may be obtained from living examples, which we can study in their modern habitats.


In this activity, pupils are invited to apply previously learned observations about the features of modern bivalve shells to the fossil record.
Many more activities related to fossils can be found on the website.

Monday, 6 June 2016

What questions about metamorphism can you ask when looking at any metamorphic rocks?

The new ELI today is 'Questions for any rock face 9: metamorphic rock; what questions about metamorphism might be asked at any metamorphic rock exposure?'

Take your pupils to an exposure of metamorphic rocks where the features are clearly visible and preferably, where there is also evidence of the former rock type, and ask the questions provided. The answers will help pupils distinguish metamorphic rocks and understand the processes by which they formed.
Other related activities associated with metamorphism can be found on the website.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Demonstrate sink hole processes in action

Have you tried 'Sink hole!'? This ELI is a classroom demonstration of sink hole processes and their effects.


Sink holes commonly form over limestone bedrock, but also develop where the underlying materials are even more soluble, such as rock salt and gypsum deposits. This classroom activity models the dissolving of underground materials and the impacts this can have at the surface.
Many more good teaching ideas on a wide variety of topics can be found on the website.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Rock Explorers for young children

The new ELI today is part of our series ELI Early years, 'Rock Explorers; putting rocks into families'. As Rock Explorers, pupils investigate a variety of rocks and sort them into groups. The activity includes opportunities for literacy, numeracy and art.

You could ask the pupils how they think the rocks might be used, e.g. the White family might be used to decorate buildings, the Pink family could be used in jewellery.
Other activities written specially for young children can be found on the website; ELI Early years.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Magnetic Earth and Toilet roll of time

We have added a suggestion to our Magnetic Earth activity. This idea uses a sponge ball globe instead of Plasticine.

Click here to see the original Earthlearningidea.

We have also added some photos to the photo gallery on the website of students in Slovakia trying out the 'Toilet roll of time'.