Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and includes a wide range of events, activities, competitions and opportunities for action. It usually runs for a week from the end of February – early March.
With 75% of New Zealanders living within 10 km of the coast, marine science need not be limited to just 1 week, marine contexts can link to many different science concepts. This resource provides a sample of the Hub's marine resources. Use the Topics and Concepts links at the top of a page to find an even wider variety of teaching resources.
Below is a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials that we have grouped under possible teaching topics.
- Healthy Seas – Healthy People
- Human impacts on the sea
- Habitats and ecosystems
- Sea creatures
- The ocean’s chemical and physical processes
- The ocean and climate change
- Ecosystem services
- Teacher support materials
- Literacy links
Student activity: Tracking toxins
Timeline: Fisheries in New Zealand
Student activity: Nutrient impact experiment
Student activity: Fisheries role-play
Student activity: Modelling marine stressors and tipping points
Student activity: Identifying marine stressors
Citizen science project: Marine Metre Squared
Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: harbours, kelp
Student activity: Where do I live?
Student activity: Estuary metaphors
Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: rays, crayfish, orcas, triplefins, Sandager’s wrasse, dolphins, kelp, turtles and sharks
Sea star adaptations interactives:
Student activity: Floating eggs
Student activity: Investigating sea water
Student activity: Water temperature
Video: Southern Ocean carbon sink
Timeline: The ocean in action
Student activity: Ocean acidification and eggshells
Video: Revive our Gulf
Video: Mussels filtering water
Join our discussion about marine education and Seaweek – register in our online discussion forum on Slack.
Online professional development
Are you planning for Seaweek or a marine topic? We have it covered in our recorded professional development webinars:
- Diving into marine resources, join us and Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers, as we introduce some exciting marine teaching and learning resources.
- Seaweek 2016 focuses on marine content and planning.
- Seaweek 2015 focuses on the nature of science and teacher ideas.