Kids at Pongaroa School planting trees
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Introduction

Education resources suitable for the primary school curriculum.

The curriculum level is shown below although many can be adapted to suit other levels. The thumbnails show the main topic of the resource.



Other useful resources

A selection of learning and teaching resources produced by other organisations or groups, suitable for primary school curriculum.

Animals

Blue penguin and other seabirds education resource

Inquiry based learning resource for schools and community groups. The majority of the activities that are included are readily adaptable for the seabird of your choice.

Produced by: West Coast Penguin Trust in 2014
Inquiry unit | Level 2View the blue penguin education resource

Coastal birds trading card game

A fun way to learn about our native birds! Look out for uncommon, rare and even 'super rare' birds in your pack.

Produced by: Zealandia
Game | All levelsContact the Zealandia education team to get your free set.

Joey the rowi

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | Early childhood and primary: Watch Joey the rowi on YouTube

Whio game

The 'Stoats and Rivers' game is a fun way to teach kids about the lvies of whio and the efforts to protect them.

Produced by Whio Forever
Game | All levels: Download the game from the Whio Forever website.


Estuaries

Learning about estuaries

Information answering the following questions - what is an estuary? How are they formed? Why are estuaries valuable? Why do we need to protect them?

Produced by NIWA
Website | Levels: 3-4Estuaries


Forests and green spaces

Backyard butterfly count

Between 10 and 30 November, everyone has been asked to go out an spend an hour looking for and counting butterflies. You can go anywhere; your garden, local park or reserve or even one of our national parks.

Produced by Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust
Website | All levelsProgramme/data collection tool

Conserving native birds

Includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4Conserving native birds

Garden bird guide

Produced by Landcare Research
Poster: Garden bird guide (PDF, 386K)

The Great Kererū Count

The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. It is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get of how kererū are doing.

Produced by The Great Kererū Count.
Activity | All levels: Kererū education pack.

Keep Kauri Standing - Kauri Dieback school resource

Resource to increase awareness about kauri dieback and promote activity to protect kauri. Also includes field trip activities.

Produced by Auckland Council
Unit | Levels: 1-5Kauri Dieback school resource (PDF, 104,521K)

Note: This is a very large file and may take some time to download.

Insect fact poster

Provides information on insect structure, role in the environment, worldwide and New Zealand diversity.

Produced by Landcare Research
Poster | All levelsFascinating insects fact poster (PDF, 895K)

Hidden taonga: Conserving New Zealand's unique ecosystems

Includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images about insects.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary: Hidden taonga

Saving reptiles and amphibians

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Saving reptiles and amphibians

Threats to biodiversity

In this activity, students research three aspects of biodiversity loss – direct species loss, habitat loss and pests and weeds. By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss aspects of biodiversity and threats to it
  • carry out online research and share ideas
  • understand some ways biodiversity loss is being tackled in New Zealand.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary and secondary: Threats to biodiversity

Biodiversity battleship

In this activity, students play a version of battleships that explores what happens to flora and fauna when habitat is lost.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Activity | Primary and secondary: Biodiversity battleship

Both sides of the fence

Resources to assist teachers and students to explore the theme of respect for and responsible use of the outdoors. Interactive map of various scenarios including conservation impacts of having dogs on beaches. Also an activity on developing students' awareness and understanding of taking responsibility when walking their dog, considering others and caring for the environment.

Produced by New Zealand Walking Access Commission
Website | Primary: Both sides of the fence

Wildtime for schools – outdoor activities

Easy to navigate website listing various activities that encourage outdoor exploration and getting to know your local natural environments in fun and creative ways.

Produced by the Wild Network Project
Website | Early childhood and Levels 1-4Wildtime for schools


Freshwater

Take action for water resource

An in-depth unit of teaching and learning for Year 5-8 students. It is an integrated programme of work that is intended to be completed over the course of a term.

Produced by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Inquiry unit | Levels: 3-4: Take action for water

Investigating freshwater – an inquiry resource

Produced by MTSCT - Whitebait Connection
Inquiry unit | Primary: Investigating freshwater

Tōku awa koiora: Restoring and protecting the river's health and wellbeing

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4: Tōku awa koiora

SHMAK freshwater invertebrate identification guide

Produced by NIWA.
Website | All levelsData collection tool Great Interactive identification tool


Marine

Black petrels of Aotea - Great Barrier Island bird monitoring

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | All levels: Watch Black petrels of Aotea on YouTube

Māui's dolphin: An inquiry to action

Produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-4: View the Māui dolphin inquiry to action

Life's a beach education resource

Provides learning activities about the beach environment - the sea, beach, sand dunes, dune vegetation and reserve areas.

Produced by Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-8Life's a beach

Life in the sea

Website includes research articles, activity ideas and online videos and images.

Produced by the Science Learning Hub, University of Waikato
Website | Levels: 1-4Life in the sea

Marine Metre Squared

Marine Meter Squared is a national Citizen Science project encouraging New Zealanders to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore. The website has a range of resources including species identification guides and instructional videos on how to carry out a mm2 survey.

Produced by NZ Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago
Website | All levels: Citizen Science programme - data collection tools

Shellfish monitoring learning journal

This resource includes pre-trip worksheets and taking action ideas.

Produced by Auckland Council, Hauraki Gulf Forum
Unit | Levels: 1-2Download the shellfish monitoring resource (PDF, 663K)

Shellfish monitoring teacher resource kit

This kit includes observational/data collection tools, pre-trip and taking action sections.

Produced by Auckland Council, Hauraki Gulf Forum
Unit | Level: 3-4Download the shellfish monitoring teaching kit (PDF, 4,153K)


Wetlands

Wonderful wild wetlands

Covers general wetland biodiversity and threats

Produced by Environment Canterbury.
Online/interactive game | Levels: 3-4: Wonderful wild wetlands


Take action

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has some great tools and resources around Education for sustainability that we recommend.

Nature Space

Get involved with a local restoration group. Find groups that are working near you on the Nature Space website.

Stream restoration: interactive project

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhitiroa documented their journey restoring the Waitaua Stream with this colourful and interactive project. The website documents each step of the restoration project.

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