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    In this activity, students learn about habitats, and why and how animals and plants are best suited to particular habitats.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • define a habitat
    • describe why some animals and plants are particularly suited to their marine habitats
    • begin to describe how a change in an environment might affect what lives there.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handouts.

    This activity is based on an idea from Nicola Hancock

    Image acknowledgements
    NIWA; Will Telford; Peter van Sark; 123RF Ltd; Ian Paterson, Creative Commons 2.0; Konstantinos Kourtidis, Demokritus University of Thrace, Xanthi – Greece Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 ; Crown Copyright, Department of Conservation; David Cowles; Simon Franicevic; Sarah Hailes, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Mike Martin, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Simon & Maki; Robert Nyman, Creative Commons 2.0; Wild Blue; Barry Peters, Creative Commons 2.0; Tim Ransom; Malcolm Francis, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Anna Barnett; David Baird, Creative Commons 2.0; Junya Kato; Stephen Wing, University of Otago.

    Useful links

    Explore the rocky shore – activities for seashore exploration for primary and intermediate levels from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago.

    Estuary discovery – PDF of activities designed to raise awareness in caring for local ecosystems from Tauranga City Council.

      Published 11 January 2012 Referencing Hub articles