Experiencing invertebrates in your green space
IntroductionUse this resource to experience invertebrates (insects) in your school grounds or another local 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.
Download the resource
Download the invertebrates factsheets:
- earthworms (PDF, 529K)
- native bees (PDF, 602K)
- pūriri moth (PDF, 574K)
- stick insect (PDF, 467K)
- wētā (PDF, 188K)
- New Zealand invertebrates slideshow
Contains interesting facts about our unique native invertebrate species.
- Invertebrate grouping slideshow
Contains more information about classifying and grouping invertebrates for year 5-8 students.
Students identifying insects using the NZ Invertebrates ID guide
Image: Marie McDonald
Using this resource students will:
- connect with and learn about invertebrates and begin to group/ classify them
- gather and interpret data about native and introduced invertebrates living in a local green space
- begin to understand how invertebrates are part of a wider ecosystem.
Note: This resource is about land invertebrates.
Level 1-4 Science
Verran School students investigating invertebrates
- Living World: Evolution, Ecology, Life Processes
- Nature of Science: Investigating in science, communicating in science, Understanding about science, Participating and contributing
- Planet Earth and Beyond: Earth systems
English: Listening, reading and viewing, Speaking, writing and presenting, Ideas
The arts: Music, visual arts
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique evidence
- Interpret representations
- Engage with science
- Experience and connect with invertebrates in your green space through the introductory activities
- Planning your investigation and learning about NZ invertebrates
- Gathering and reflecting on data about invertebrates in your green space
- Extending thinking about invertebrates
- Sharing knowledge and taking the next steps in exploring your green spaces
- Native animals
- Forests and green spaces
Curriculum learning areas
- Social science
- Education for sustainability
- Maths and statistics
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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For questions or feedback about these resources, email conservED@doc.govt.nz.