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Lovely Flash animation of the rock cycle; each section provides clickable links to further animations and information.

Cross curricular 'Invigorate' activity . Each resource contains background information and ideas for activities, broken into manageable sections that can mix and match.Some activities are designed for the classroom, others can be set as homework. Each section is accompanied by teacher's notes. Nice for learning more about scientists past and present too.

A virtual experiment from the BBC to test properties of rocks. You could give pupils a table to complete using this resource

A fun activity to help children learn about rocks and soils. Test the properties of different rocks and take a quiz.

Revision information on rocks and soils. Includes and interactive activity and a quiz.

Very catchy and entertaining song and animation from 'They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science'. Lyrics can found on the internet. Useful for discussion about how scientists find out about prehistoric life and use evidence/ clues, also about adaptations, e.g. how teeth types can help to identify an animal as a herbivore. Great fun that pupils always want to hear again.

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