Characteristics of living things

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/14-characteristics-of-living-things
When you look at the world around you, how do you categorise or group what you see? In science ...

Classification system

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1438-classification-system
In the 18th century, Carl Linnaeus published a system for classifying living things, which has ...

Seed dispersal

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/103-seed-dispersal
Plants make seeds that can grow into new plants, but if the seeds just fall to the ground under ...

Pollination and fertilisation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/77-pollination-and-fertilisation
Sexual reproduction is a way of making a new individual by joining two special sex cells ...

Earthworm adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/17-earthworm-adaptations
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Plant reproduction without seeds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/104-plant-reproduction-without-seeds
Not every plant grows from a seed. Some plants, like ferns and mosses, grow from spores. Other ...

Flowering plant life cycles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/82-flowering-plant-life-cycles
The flowers and fruit of flowering plants come and go as part of their life cycle. Some ...

Attracting pollinators

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/80-attracting-pollinators
Flowering plants need to get pollen from one flower to another, either within a plant for ...

Macronutrients

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/534-macronutrients
Nutrients are substances needed for growth, energy provision and other body functions ...

Poisonous animals in New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/370-poisonous-animals-in-new-zealand
New Zealand has a very small number of poisonous animals. These animals are also called ...

Plant reproduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/100-plant-reproduction
Scientists divide plants into two main groups depending on whether they reproduce by seeds or ...

Methods of pollination

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/102-methods-of-pollination
Flowering plants need to get pollen from one flower to another, either within a plant for ...

Poisons and toxins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/364-poisons-and-toxins
Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed ...

Toxins and food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/367-toxins-and-food-webs
All living things depend on one another to live. Animals eat plants and/or animals to survive ...

The role of observation in science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/8-the-role-of-observation-in-science
Observation is something we often do instinctively. Observation helps us decide whether it’s ...

Classifying and identifying ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1104-classifying-and-identifying-ferns
Scientists currently consider that New Zealand has approximately 230 species of fern in about ...

Living or non-living?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/27-living-or-non-living
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ...

What is a fern?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1103-what-is-a-fern
There are ferns in most New Zealanders’ backyards and local environments. Ferns are green ...

Measuring toxicity

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/366-measuring-toxicity
Toxicity can be measured by the effect the substance has on an organism, a tissue or a cell. We ...

Monarch butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/511-monarch-butterflies
There is a touch of irony that, in a country famous for its unique wildlife, New Zealand’s most ...

New Zealand’s unique ecology

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1440-new-zealand-s-unique-ecology
New Zealand has a rich and unique range of plants, animals and fungi. The level of distinctive ...

Charles Darwin and earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/22-charles-darwin-and-earthworms
Charles Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution as set out in his book On the Origin ...

Breeding a new apple cultivar

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/844-breeding-a-new-apple-cultivar
Breeding a new apple cultivar takes a long time and involves many steps. The aim is to produce ...

Build a marine food web

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1525-build-a-marine-food-web
In this activity, students build their own food web using images of organisms from the marine ...
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