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Who's that animal pest?
Students can use the factsheets (above) to help solve the animal pest crimes outlined in this slideshow. Each case involves a different pest culprit.
Setting up tracking tunnel
Image: Shan Walker
Using this resource students can:
- gather and interpret data about animal pests living in a local green space
- identify and learn about introduced pests and how they affect endemic and native plants and animals
- begin to understand how animal pests have an impact on the environment and wider ecosystem.
Level 1-4 Science
- Living World: Planet Earth and Beyond Level 1 and 2: Interacting systems: Describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions.
- Living World: Ecology Level 3 and 4: Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to changes, both natural and human-induced.
- Nature of Science: Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Understanding about science, Participating and contributing.
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique evidence
- Interpret representations
- Engage with science
Level 1-4 Social Sciences
- Level 1: Understand how the past is important to people.
- Level 2: Understand how places influence people and people influence places; Understand how time and change affect people's lives.
- Level 3: Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.
- Level 4: Understand that events have causes and effects.
English: Listening, Reading and Viewing
Technology: Technological practice, Nature of technology
- Introducing animal pests in your green space - Individual students have personal experiences to spark their interest in pests and start to think about impacts.
- Planning an investigation and learning more about animal pests in NZ - Start or continue a learning inquiry. Students reflect on knowledge and then ask questions about pests. They make predictions and plan an investigation to learn more about animal pests.
- Gathering and reflecting on data about animal pests in your green space- Monitor animal pests in your green space through constructing and placing a monitoring tool such as tracking tunnels.
- Extending thinking about animal pests- Continue the learning inquiry: Investigate patterns and themes and form new ideas about pests. Explore Maori perspectives.
- Sharing knowledge and next steps - Students share their findings with the community and then take the next steps in exploring their green spaces
- Forests and green spaces
- Pests and threats
Curriculum learning areas
- Social science
- Education for sustainability
- Maths and statistics
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