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Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be able...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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Rocks can be folded into many shapes and can be broken by faulting. These fold and fault structures can be seen in mountain ranges, cliffs and even in small hand specimens. Try using bananas to see how these structures may be formed.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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"Lakes and seas in inland desert areas like the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake are famous for being so salty that hardly anything can live in the water. You can tell they are salty because it is very easy to float in them , and very difficult to swim. But just how salty are they? With this...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This is a demonstration of the affects on a continental land mass of an ice sheet growing and then melting. Students can relate their models to the changing state of balance in the Earth's lithosphere when additional loading, such as an ice sheet, is added or removed.
Grade Level   11 12
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Potholes like the ones featured in this activity may have been formed by the grinding action of pebbles being swirled round by the fast-moving water. We can re-create these conditions by swirling pebbles in a bucket of water, using a spade.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity involves using a mock gravitometer and magnetometer to demonstrate the principles of the remote sensing of gravity and magnetism. This method models how density and magnetic anomalies are identified by geophysical remote sensing. Data from such geophysical sensing is used to plot...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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Demonstrate how the proportions of oxygen in ice and deep-sea cores can be used to interpret past Earth temperatures with ‘The oxygen isotope sweet simulation' Earthlearningidea. This uses coloured sweets (e.g. Midget Gems) which have been divided up into different colours. One set of...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students use sugar cubes to demonstrate how karstic scenery forms. This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will conduct two runs of an activity to simulate, using coloured sweets, how the relative proportions of oxygen can indicate past Earth temperatures.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 1994
Students often ask how scientists know that the continents have moved. This activity about the apparent wandering of the North Pole provides good evidence that the continents do indeed move.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Using a pupil model to demonstrate the slab pul is the main plate-driving force. Considering the different processes likely to be driving plate movement by use os a student model.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This is a modelling task, involving drawing and counting, to enable pupils to visualise the effects of different numbers of continents on global biodiversity. The activity enables pupils to account for the findings in terms of the effects of differing numbers of continents and areas of shallow sea...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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How can the ice core evidence for climate change be explained? This activity is an opportunity to show how a complex scientific topic can be used in the classroom to show how science depends upon evidence and interpretation.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Where does offshore oil come from? Students are asked to highlight the misconceptions they may have about where offshore oil is found -, as a basis for discussion to address these conceptions.
Grade Level   10 11 12
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Hand modelling of compression, tension, and shear in the Earth. A class activity to help pupils to visualize types of stress in the Earth through modelling with their hands.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity has been devised to address the common lack of knowledge about geological time. Research has shown that many people have no idea of the great length of geological time nor of the order of key events during the geological history of the Earth. Students will make a geological timeline...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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As Rock Explorers, students investigate a variety of rocks and sort them ito groups. The activity includes opportunities for literacy, numeracy, and art.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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When an earthquake strikes, investigate why some buildings survive and others do not. How buildings with different foundations respond to earthquakes. This activity could form part of a lesson about earthquakes and their effects. It could also form part of the preparation for the best way people...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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While the 'Principle of superposition of strata' states that younger rocks are found above older ones, there are certain unusual geological conditions causing older rocks to be found on top of younger ones. Through this activity, pupils can model the unusual geological conditions where the...
Grade Level   10 11 12
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This activity can be used as one means of explaining isostasy, in the context of the Earth's structure and its surface relief. Students will model the principle of isostasy with wooden blocks.
Grade Level   11 12
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