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CROSS-CATEGORY TOPICS

Cross-curricular ELIs
Early years
Great scientists
Maths in ELIs
UK exams
Holiday geology

CROSS-CURRICULAR ELIs

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Back in time “Alligators spotted in London” @ELI_Earth - July 1
Retrieving and communicating information
Back in time  
Earthquakes in art
Developing a scientific report based on evidence in historic paintings
Earthquakes in art  
Geo-art: paintings to sculptures inspired by all things ‘geo’
Create your own geo-artwork
Geo-art  
Geo-literature: poems and stories inspired by all things ‘geo’
Create your own geo-poem or story
Geo-literature  
Geo-music - music inspired by all things ‘geo’
Create your own geo-music
Geo-music Extension
Rocks music
Create your own geo-instrument
Rocks music Extension
Sound - Rock xylophone

ELI EARLY YEARS

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Changing state - transforming water
Practical activities to change the state of water; solid, liquid, gas
Water - changing state  
Dig up the dinosaur
Become a fossil hunter and dig up a dinosaur
Dig up the dinosaur Extension
Video
Fossil or not?
Discussion about what is a fossil and what is not
Fossil or not?  
Fossilise!
A game showing how fossils form and survive
Fossilise!  
Found in the ground: sorted!
An introduction to classification using things ‘found in the ground’
Found in the ground  
Gold prospectors
Panning for ‘gold’ in river sediment
Gold panning  
LegoTM method of showing weathering, erosion, transportation and deposition
Using LegoTM bricks to demonstrate sedimentary processes
LegoTM bricks and sedimentary processes  
Make your own soil
Investigating the type and origin of the ingredients of soil
Make your own soil  
Make your own rock
Investigating how loose sediment may be stuck together to form a ‘rock’
Make your own rock Teaching video
Extension
Pirates and buried treasure
Grouping and sorting a variety of objects
Pirates and buried treasure  
Sensory treasure hunt
Using senses to match objects with similar properties
Sensory treasure hunt  
Rock builder
Simulating the formation of fossiliferous sedimentary rocks
Rock builder  
Rock Explorers
Putting rocks into families
Rock Explorers  
Watery world game
Climb through the watery world but watch out for snakes!
Watery world game  
‘World in a grain of sand’
What can a grain of sand tell us about its past?
‘A world in a grain of sand’  

GREAT SCIENTISTS

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Charles Lyell and Mount Etna, 1828
Dating the Earth – before the discovery of radioactivity
Dating the Earth - Charles Lyell and Mount Etna 1828  
Darwin’s ‘big coral atoll idea’
Try thinking like Darwin did to solve the coral atoll mystery
Darwin‘s ‘big coral atoll idea’ Video
Darwin’s ‘big soil idea’
Can you work out how Charles Darwin ‘disovered’ how soil formed?
Darwin’s ‘big soil idea’ Video
James Hutton - or ‘Mr. Rock Cycle’? (ELI+)
Thinking towards the rock cycle, the Hutton way
James Hutton Rock cycle song
Marie Tharp: ‘The valley will be coming up soon’. Bruce Heezen: ‘What valley?’
‘A woman scientist in a man’s world’ - what was it like?
Marie Tharp: ‘A woman scientist in a man’s world’  
Mary Anning - Mother of Palaeontology
“A woman in a man’s world”
Mary Anning Animation by Anna Humphries, BBC website “The girl who helped discover dinosaurs”
Wegener’s ‘Continental drift’ meets Wilson’s ‘Plate tectonics’ (ELI+)
How Wegener’s continental drift evidence matches up with evidence for plate tectonics
Wegener’s ‘Continental drift’ meets Wilson’s ‘Plate tectonics’ Video
William Smith - ‘The Father of English Geology’ (ELI+)
Thinking like William Smith
William Smith Extension

MATHS IN ELIs

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Bucket for a pothole: visualising past processes by calculation (ELI+)
Modelling river pothole-formation by calculation – thinking through the assumptions
Bucket for a pothole  
How many sand grains are there in a bucket – or on a beach?
Planning activities to estimate the number of sand grains in a bucket – or on a beach
How many sand grains are there in a bucket – or on a beach?  
Ice-thickness from scratch: visualising past processes by calculation (ELI+)
Modelling glacial striation-formation by calculation – thinking through the assumptions
Ice thickness from striations  

UK EXAMINATIONS

16 - 18 years
14 - 16 years

HOLIDAY GEOLOGY

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Holiday ELIs:
Once upon a time, long, long ago . . .
A geological fairytale
Geological fairytale  
Bauble quiz
Fun for all the family – and your class
Bauble quiz