Introduction

A selection of learning and teaching resources produced by other organisations or groups.

Animals

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Blue penguin and other seabirds education resource

Inquiry based learning resource for schools and community groups. The majority of the activities that are included are readily adaptable for the seabird of your choice.

Produced by: West Coast Penguin Trust in 2014
Inquiry unit | Level 2: View the blue penguin education resource

Coastal birds trading card game

A fun way to learn about our native birds! Look out for uncommon, rare and even 'super rare' birds in your pack.

Produced by: Zealandia
Game | All levels: Contact the Zealandia education team to get your free set.

The Great Kererū Count

The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. It is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get of how kererū are doing.

Produced by The Great Kererū Count.
Activity | All levels: Great Kererū Count education pack.

Joey the rowi

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | Early childhood and primary: Watch Joey the rowi on YouTube

Māui's dolphin: An inquiry to action

Produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-4: View the Māui dolphin inquiry to action

Whio game

The 'Stoats and Rivers' game is a fun way to teach kids about the lvies of whio and the efforts to protect them.

Produced by Whio Forever
Game | All levels: Download the game from the Whio Forever website.


Forests and green spaces

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Biodiversity battleship

In this activity, students play a version of battleships that explores what happens to flora and fauna when habitat is lost.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary and secondary: Biodiversity battleship

Both sides of the fence

Resources to assist teachers and students to explore the theme of respect for and responsible use of the outdoors. Interactive map of various scenarios including conservation impacts of having dogs on beaches. Also an activity on developing students' awareness and understanding of taking responsibility when walking their dog, considering others and caring for the environment.

Produced by New Zealand Walking Access Commission
Website | Primary: Both sides of the fence

Conserving native birds

Includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Conserving native birds

Garden bird guide

Produced by Landcare Research
Poster: Garden bird guide (PDF, 386K)

The Great Kererū Count

The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. It is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get of how kererū are doing.

Produced by The Great Kererū Count.
Activity | All levels: Kererū education pack.

Joey the rowi

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | Early childhood and primary: Watch Joey the rowi on YouTube

Insect fact poster

Provides information on insect structure, role in the environment, worldwide and New Zealand diversity.

Produced by Landcare Research
Poster | All levels: Fascinating insects fact poster (PDF, 895K)

Hidden taonga: Conserving New Zealand's unique ecosystems

Includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images about insects.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary: Hidden taonga

Saving reptiles and amphibians

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Saving reptiles and amphibians

Threats to biodiversity

In this activity, students research three aspects of biodiversity loss – direct species loss, habitat loss and pests and weeds. By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss aspects of biodiversity and threats to it
  • carry out online research and share ideas
  • understand some ways biodiversity loss is being tackled in New Zealand.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary and secondary: Threats to biodiversity

Wildtime for schools – outdoor activities

Easy to navigate website listing various activities that encourage outdoor exploration and getting to know your local natural environments in fun and creative ways.

Produced by the Wild Network Project
Website | Early childhood and Levels 1-4: Wildtime for schools


Marine and coastal

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Black petrels of Aotea - Great Barrier Island bird monitoring

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | All levels: Watch Black petrels of Aotea on YouTube

Māui's dolphin: An inquiry to action

Produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-4: View the Māui dolphin inquiry to action

Life's a beach education resource

Provides learning activities about the beach environment - the sea, beach, sand dunes, dune vegetation and reserve areas.

Produced by Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-8: Life's a beach

Life in the sea

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Life in the sea

The Blue Project - Explore, Learn, Act

A free digital resource that will extend the reach of marine education to classrooms around the country, so that students from Kaitaia to Bluff can experience the wonder of what lies beneath the ocean. The website uses 360-degree video to bring the marine environment to life, transporting students from their classrooms to the wonder of Kelly Tarlton's underwater experience.

Produced by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Website | All levels: The Blue Project

Young Ocean Explorers - Love Our Ocean

Young Ocean Explorers aim is to inspire children to love our ocean through entertaining education. The interactive website uses a blend of fun storytelling, fascinating facts and incredible images… all told through a teenager’s eyes. The interactive website has been designed for maximum engagement for this digital generation, with lots of short videos, poll and quizzes. Young Ocean Explorers want to connect the hearts and minds of children with the ocean, so they care and want to look after NZ’s unique and beautiful marine world.

Produced by Young Ocean Explorers
Website | All levels: Young Ocean Explorers - Love Our Ocean


Freshwater

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Take action for water resource

An in-depth unit of teaching and learning for Year 5-8 students. It is an integrated programme of work that is intended to be completed over the course of a term.

Produced by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Inquiry unit | Levels: 3-4: Take action for water

Investigating freshwater – an inquiry resource

Produced by MTSCT - Whitebait Connection
Inquiry unit | Primary: Investigating freshwater

Tōku awa koiora: Restoring and protecting the river's health and wellbeing

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Tōku awa koiora


Estuaries

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Learning about estuaries

Information answering the following questions - what is an estuary? How are they formed? Why are estuaries valuable? Why do we need to protect them?

Produced by NIWA
Website | Levels: 3-4: Estuaries

Estuary metaphors

In this activity students discuss how a variety of everyday objects can serve as metaphors for the important characteristics and functions of estuaries.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub
Activity: Estuary metaphors

Estuaries and farmland run-off

This article explains how humans can impact the plants and animals that live in estuaries .

Produced by the Science Learning Hub
Article: Estuaries and farmland run-off


Wetlands

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Wonderful wild wetlands

Covers general wetland biodiversity and threats

Produced by Environment Canterbury.
Online/interactive game | Levels: 3-4: Wonderful wild wetlands

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