Enhancing biodiversity in your green space
IntroductionThis resource provides ideas and learning experiences to enhance the native and endemic biodiversity in your green space.
This resource is part of the Protecting your environment series, to encourage primary and intermediate students to go outdoors, explore and connect to a local green space.
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Using this resource, students can:
- Come to conclusions about which plants and animals are living in their green space
- Gain an appreciation for how plants and animals interact with each other in an ecosystem
- Plan to enhance native biodiversity in their green space
Animal connections information sheets
- Fantail/piwakawaka connections (PDF, 174K)
- Grey warbler/riroriro connections (PDF, 281K)
- Kereru connections (PDF, 272K)
- Tui connections (PDF, 228K)
These activity sheets can be edited:
- Connections between plants and animals in a green space (Word, 151K)
- Plan to enhance biodiversity (Word, 143K)
- Results and conclusions about life in your green space (Word, 143K)
Level 1-4 Science
Living World: Life Processes
- L1 & 2: Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive.
- L3 & 4: Recognise that there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways.
Living world: Ecology
- L3 & 4: Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human induced
Planet Earth and Beyond: Earth systems
- L1 & 2: Explore and describe natural features and resources.
Nature of Science
- Understanding about science
- Investigating in science
- Communicating in science
- Participating and contributing
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique evidence
- Interpret representations
- Engage with science
Level 2-3 Health
Healthy Communities and environments: Community resources
- L2: Identify and use local community resources and explain how these contribute to a healthy community
Healthy communities and environments: People and the environment
- L3: Plan and implement a programme to enhance an identified aspect of their (classroom or) environment
Minor curriculum links
- English: Listening, reading and viewing
- Reconnect with your green space. Reflect on learning during your inquiry throughout the previous resources.
- Come to conclusions about the biodiversity in your green space. Develop conclusions about what is living in your green space and its health.
- Learn about the connections in your green space. Learn about the interactions and connections of living things in your green space.
- Extend thinking about green spaces and future focussed thinking. Explore Māori perspectives. Add to big picture knowledge about your green space.
- Form a plan to enhance biodiversity. Choose an endemic/native species to bring back or enhance in your green space.
- Share knowledge and take the next steps. Share findings and take steps to enhance biodiversity in their green space.
- Forests and green spaces
Curriculum learning areas
- Health and PE
Webinars are available to view on the Science Learning Hub website. They use the Exploring your local environment resources to model how conservation education can support student inquiry into a local green space:
Special thanks to Science Learning Hub for partnering with us to deliver these fantastic webinars.
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Share your stories
Share your stories about learning and teaching in nature. Show others what you've done and also help encourage them.
For questions or feedback about these resources, email conservED@doc.govt.nz.