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 (select the EXPLORE + button) 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
- Department of Conservation marine infographics
- Building Science Concepts
- 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: Beach visits – habitats and food webs
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
The Department of Conservation and the Science Learning Hub have collaborated to create a series of interactives that feature many of DOC’s marine infographics.
- Marine diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand
- New Zealand marine habitats
- Threats to marine habitats
- Areas of marine ecological importance
- Mussel reefs and biodiversity
Building Science Concepts: Life between the tides is a partial replication of Building Science Concepts Book 21:
- Building Science Concepts: Life between the tides – article
- Life between the tides – interactive
- Changes on the beach – activity
Building Science Concepts: Tidal communities is a partial replication of Building Science Concepts Book 22:
- Building Science Concepts: Tidal communities – article
- Tidal communities – interactive
- Beach visits – habitats and food webs – activity
- Māori mō te ara o Hinekirikiri – kuputaka – glossary article
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.
Education research and classroom experiences
These Connected articles provide a brief synopsis of the original jounal article, associated teacher support material and links to the digital resources on TKI. They also provide a wealth of related Hub content and activity ideas – wrap-around resources to deepen or extend student thinking and learning, practise content vocabulary or prompt inquiry.