Monday, 24 April 2017

Modelling mighty rivers and small-scale processes

The new ELI is 'Investigating small-scale sedimentary processes AND modelling mighty rivers' This activity uses the ‘Mighty River in a small gutter’ Earthlearningidea activity at different scales.

The ‘Mighty river in a small gutter’ can be used to investigate surface processes, caused by water currents, in the classroom at two different scales.
Pupils of all ages can learn a lot from this activity and have fun at the same time!
More investigations can be found on our website.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Rocks are in the rock cycle e-i-e-i-oooooooooo

For the holidays, the ELI Team present you with 'The Rock Cycle Song'. Please sing loudly to the tune of 'Old MacDonald had a Farm'

Lots of activities about the rock cycle can be found on our website.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Modelling river pothole-formation by calculation

The new ELI continues our maths in ELIs theme: 'A bucket for a pothole: visualising past processes by calculation; modelling river pothole-formation by calculation – thinking through the assumptions'.

River potholes like the ones shown in the photos above are thought to have been formed by abrading gravel moved by eddies in the water as it flows over the bedrock. This activity seeks to mimic this mode of formation in order to provoke calculation and discussion around the processes involved.
Many more activities to do with rivers and river erosion can be found on the website.

Monday, 3 April 2017

3 million downloads / ELI translations

3 million activity downloads! 

The ELI team is delighted to announce that by the end of March 2017, there have been 3 million activity downloads. We should like to thank all the volunteers involved in this project, especially all of our translators and, of course, all of our users. Hopefully lots of pupils have enjoyed trying out the ideas in Earth science or geography lessons.

To all Educators:
One of our German translators who teaches in a University of Education recommends that other educators follow his example and ask their university students to translate one Earthlearningidea and present it to the other students as part of their course. These translations are then checked and finally added to the website.

Japanese translations
Our Japanese colleagues have added 32 translations to the site; incredible. Many, many thanks.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Ice-thickness from scratch: visualising past processes by calculation

The new ELI+ is 'Ice-thickness from scratch: visualising past processes by calculation; modelling glacial striation-formation by calculation – thinking through the assumptions'. 

A field simulation of the scratching of striations on bedrock by the debris frozen into an ice sheet, used to approximately calculate the thickness of the ice sheet and to discuss the assumptions made. The activity has been devised to enable pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the glacial processes which erode bedrock surfaces, such as the one shown in the photo.
Other activities about glacial erosion can be found on the website.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Watery world game for young children

Have you tried the ELI Early years 'Watery world game; climb through the watery world but watch out for snakes!'

The game can be played in any science or geography lesson and has cross curricular links with literacy and numeracy. It is also a useful water cycle introduction or revision exercise.
More ELI Early years activities can be found in Teaching strategies on our website.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Fieldwork strategies to make a good educational experience

Our new ELI today is for Educators and is "The ‘What makes a good educational experience’ approach to planning fieldwork; thinking through the fieldwork strategies that are most likely to inform and inspire."
Field experiences have potential to educate participants at a range of levels – but these will only be realised if leaders have awareness of the wide range of possibilities.
There are many fieldwork ideas on our website.

Monday, 6 March 2017

'All Powerful' strategy - using imagination outdoors

Have you tried the ELI 'The ‘All powerful’ strategy; discussing geological histories in imaginative ways'
The view above is of the Deccan Traps in India. Start the activity by saying, ‘If I were ‘All Powerful’ and wanted to re-create the view you see before you, I would move the land we’re standing on today over a ‘hot spot’ producing lots of fast-flowing lava that, when it cooled, recorded the latitude at which it formed
(30 degrees S) – what should I do next?’
This activity uses a ‘deep questioning’ approach to a plenary fieldwork activity, by asking what series of events would be necessary for the view before the pupils to be recreated. The activity can be used at a range of scales from a small quarry to a landscape-wide interpretation.
Many more ideas for fieldwork can be found on our website.

Monday, 27 February 2017

New ELI+ today - 'From folds to crustal shortening: visualising past processes by calculation. Modelling folding by calculation – thinking through the assumptions'

This activity involves a method of calculating approximate crustal shortening in the field (or from a diagram or photograph). Students then discuss the assumptions involved.
Many more activities about fold mountains, aimed at different age groups, can be found on our website.

Monday, 20 February 2017

A Game about Fossils for Early Years

Have you tried the Earthlearningidea 'Fossilise! A game showing how fossils form and survive'? 

The game, for 5 to 8 year-olds, can be played in any science or geography lesson and has cross curricular links with literacy and numeracy. The chances of an organism becoming a fossil and then that fossil surviving for us to see are very small indeed.
Many activities about fossils for all age groups can be found on our website.

Monday, 13 February 2017

What was it like to be on top of a mountain-building collision?

Today's new ELI is 'The view from above: living tectonism. What was it like to be there – on top of a mountain-building collision?'

A thought experiment asking pupils to imagine what it would have been like on top of a mountain range as it was being formed. This activity helps pupils to visualise the intensity of the Earth processes that cause folding and uplift, and of the intense surface processes that are likely to result – on the high exposed surfaces so formed.
Many more activities about fold mountains and mountain building can be found on the ELI website.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tsunami alert !

The new ELI today is 'Tsunami alert! Run for the hills or stay by the sea? Why does one type of earthquake produce a tsunami, whilst another does not?'
The activity may be used in the context of a science or a geography lesson, where wave motion is being considered, together with its impact on the nearby community.
This is one of three Earthlearningideas about Tsunamis - please refer to the website for these and other activities about natural hazards. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Investigating evolution by adaptation and natural selection

'How many Beany Beetles? - the evolution game'. In this Earthlearningidea, pupils investigate evolution by adaptation and natural selection.
The game results usually show that the number of surviving purple Beany Beetles decreases and the number of surviving green Beany Beetles increases even though the ratio at the  beginning was 5:1. Pupils quickly understand that being camouflaged gives the green Beany Beetles an advantage over the purple. Chance sometimes plays a part and then fewer than expected green Beany Beetles survive.
This game provides an introduction to the theory of evolution and is a useful activity for cross-curricular work covering science, geography, literacy, numeracy and art.
Many more activities about the Evolution of Life can be found on our website.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Sort out the rock cycle products - then add the processes

The new ELI today is 'Laying out the rock cycle: product and process'.

Pupils are asked to place a series of rock cycle products in the correct places on a diagram of the rock cycle, then to consider how all these are linked by rock cycle processes.
On the website you can find activities associated with each of the processes identified in the rock cycle.

Monday, 9 January 2017

NEW - Earth Learning Idea translations into Japanese!

We are delighted to announce that ELI activities are now being translated into Japanese. There are 60 plus activities already on the site with 100 planned by Easter. We are extremely grateful to our colleagues in Japan for doing this for us, especially as all their work is on a voluntary basis.
This image shows a sample from the new Japanese web page:-

You can also access the new Japanese translations from the home page of our website - ELI translations.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Metamorphic aureole in a tin

The first new ELI of 2017 is 'Metamorphic aureole in a tin; investigate what controls the changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion'

This is an investigation modelling the factors affecting changes in temperature around an igneous intrusion, using a container of hot water embedded in sand.
Other activities related to metamorphism can be found on our website.