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Earth as a System Activities
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Carbon cycle through the window
How much evidence of the carbon cycle can you see through the window?
Carbon cycle through the window  
Carbon goes round and round and round
Make your own carbon cycle
Carbon goes round and round  
Changing state - transforming water
Practical activities to change the state of water; solid, liquid, gas
Water - changing state  
Cycling water and heat in the lab - and the globe (ELI+)
Demonstrating the water cycle, latent heat and global energy transfer
Cycling water and heat in the lab  
Earth’s atmosphere - step by step evolution
Using a physical model to show the development of our current atmosphere
Evolution of Earth’s atmosphere  
High flow, low flow?: atmosphere and ocean in a tank
Hot, cold and particle-filled density currents as they flow in the atmosphere and ocean
Atmosphere and ocean in a tank Extension
Video
Mini-world water cycle
A water cycle demonstration model in a box
Mini-world water cycle Extension
Rock cycle in wax
Using a candle to demonstrate the rock cycle processes
Rock cycle in wax Extension
Rock cycle - laying out the rock cycle: product and process
Sorting out the rock cycle products – and then adding the processes
Laying out the rock cycle  
Rock cycle through the window
The rock cycle processes you might be able to see - and those you can’t
Rock cycle through the window  
Sand on a sill
What will happen to a sand grain left on a window sill? – a rock cycle discussion
Sand on a sill  
Space survival: how could we survive a year in a dome?
Pupils plan to survive for a year in a sealed dome in a desert
Space survival: how could we survive a year in a dome?  
‘Tag’ a carbon atom – and explore the carbon cycle
A thought experiment to investigate carbon cycle processes
‘Tag’ a carbon atom  
‘Tagging’ water molecules - to explore the water cycle (ELI+)
A thought experiment to investigate the water cycle
‘Tagging’ water molecules  
Under pressure (ELI+)
Calculating the intense pressure underground
Under pressure  
Water cycle world
A discussion activity on the natural water transformations on Earth
Water cycle world Extension
Water pressure - underground (ELI+)
Demonstrating how hydrostatic pressure increases with depth
Water pressure underground  
Watery world game (ELI Early years)
Climb through the watery world but watch out for snakes!
Watery world game  
Watery world of underground chemistry (ELI+)
Using pH to link the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere together
Watery world of underground chemistry