Introduction

Classroom activity | Levels: 3-4: Learn about New Zealand’s wonderful freshwater ecosystems with these great board and card games brought to you by Hastings Central School.

Hastings Central School Room 10. Photo: Hastings Central School.
Hastings Central School Room 10, 2011

Learn about New Zealand’s wonderful freshwater ecosystems with these great board and card games brought to you by Hastings Central School. We hope you enjoy the games.  

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 

Topics

  • Freshwater
  • Native animals
  • Pests and threats

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science

Play the games

Board game

  • Objective: To travel around the board and return safely to your habitat.
  • Number of players: 2-4.
  • To get started: Print out the board at A3 size, and follow the instructions on how to put your cards, animal playing pieces and dice together.

Download and print: Freshwater board game (PDF, 4,123K)  

Card games

Game 1: Pest and Native Snap!

  • Objective: To collect all cards by properly identifying matching pairs of native freshwater fish or one pest fish.
  • Number of players: Many players can take part.
  • To get started: Print out the pages single sided on A4 paper. Or print out jumbo cards on A3 paper. Follow the instructions on how to put the cards together.  

Game 2: Freshwater memory

  • Objective: To get the most matching pairs of cards.
  • Number of players: 2-4.
  • To get started: Print out the pages single sided on A4 paper. Or print out jumbo cards on A3 paper. Follow the instructions on how to put the cards together.

Download and print: Freshwater card games (PDF, 2,338K) 

About the games

These games came about from a presentation from Room 10 of Hastings Central School. The class had been taking DOC’s freshwater education programme, and as part of their learning they had to come up with a ‘taking it further’ action.  

The course presenters thought the idea was marvellous, and after a small amount of input from them and help from DOC’s publishing team, these games are available to you.


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