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Rocks and fossils


Living things and their habitats, Working scientifically, Rocks, Evolution and inheritance, Human and physical geography

How can I use this with my class?

Pupils become detectives as they explore and classify rocks and fossils and relate properties to uses. They learn about the life story of fossil hunter, Mary Anning. In the real-world challenge they meet a range of rock scientists and through practical experiments, help a real petrologist investigate the porosity and permeability of rocks. The careers content showcases the petrologist at work and inspires potential careers.

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Essential science

A series of lessons that will get you started…

Rocks and fossils

Learn about real-world examples of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and fossils, plus learn how each rock type is formed.

5 items

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Identifying and grouping rocks

Explore group rocks according to their type, minerals, properties and uses with this virtual rock kit and quiz.

3 items

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Rock properties

Explore different rock properties and learn about varying scientific methodologies and practices.

2 items

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Be a fossil detective

Become a fossil detective exploring animal adaptations and make suggestions about how they lived.

5 items

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Real-world challenge

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Career connection

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