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Factsheets | Levels: 2-4 | About the environment: These factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.

These Seabird Solutions Trust factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.

Students will investigate the impact humans have on the ecology of seabirds, and the role seabirds play in their environment.

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Summary of factsheets and lesson plans

The Southern Seabird Solutions Trust factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds.

The lesson plans were created to assist teachers in helping students investigate and learn about seabirds, the important role seabirds play in their environment, and what impacts humans have on their ecology.

Learning outcomes

Primary

  • Students will investigate the impact humans have on the ecology of seabirds.
  • Students will investigate the role seabirds play in their environment.
  • Students will understand how people view and use places differently

Unit title

  • Seabirds

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences

Links to curriculum 

  • Science: Planet earth and beyond
  • Living world
  • Nature of science: Understanding about science, Participating and contributing
  • Social sciences: Place and environment, The economic world

Level

  • Levels 3-4

Geographical location for topic 

  • N/A

Unit or achievement standard 

  • N/A

Theme

  • Animals
  • People
  • Marine

Secondary

  • Students will investigate sea bird adaptations
  • Students will research sea bird life processes and ecology

Unit title

  • Seabirds

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences

Links to curriculum 

  • Science: Living world: Ecology, Life processes
  • Social sciences: Place and environment (Māori)

Level

  • Science level 3 and 4

Geographical location for topic 

  • All over NZ (mostly southern)

Unit or achievement standard 

  • US 6311
  • US 8929
  • AS 90457
  • AS90461
  • AS 90716

Theme

  • Animals
  • People
  • Marine

Publication information

This series of factsheets and lesson plans were created for Southern Seabird Solutions Trust. The Department of Conservation’s Marine Conservation Unit funded this environmental education project.

Factsheets by Shelly Farr Biswell 
Lesson plans by Ken Hodson
Design by Lisa Paton of Morphological Design
Masthead photo courtesy of Southern Seabird Solutions Fishers Photograph Competition

Southern Seabird Solutions project steering committee:  Alan Riwaka, Sarah Crysell, Jo Garty, Wendy Barry, Stephanie Rowe and Danica Devery-Smith.

Various people have reviewed sections or complete drafts of these factsheets and have provided helpful comments.  These people include Stephen Bragg (DOC), Peter de Lange (DOC), Dave Kellian (Southern Seabird Solutions), Anuru Luke (DOC), Colin Miskelly (DOC), Janice Molloy (Southern Seabird Solutions), Lyndon Perriman (DOC), Paul Sagar (NIWA), Graeme Taylor (DOC) and Richard Wells (Clement and Associates Limited).

Others, including Peter McClelland (DOC) and Steve Cranwell (DOC), have shared useful information about specific species for these fact sheets.


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Email: southernseabirds@doc.govt.nz


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