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In this online PD session recorded on 30 July 2015, primary school teacher Angela Schipper describes how she used Butterflies from the Science Learning Hub in the classroom.

In particular, Angela’s year 4 students learned to be citizen scientists while learning science concepts related to butterflies and moths in New Zealand.

Thanks, this was very informative.

Teacher

This PLD session was based on the legacy Science Learning Hub however all the resources are still available on the new-look Science Learning Hub site. 

Her students not only developed science skills and capabilities as they participated in citizen science but demonstrated long-term science learning and attitudes relating to the sustainability of the environment.

See above to view the video of this professional development session and the link below to download the PowerPoint presentation.

The Hub has two unit plans based on Angela's work: Butterflies - lower primary and Butterflies - upper primary.

Topic

PowerPoint slide number(s)

Video timecode

NZC and citizen science

2–3

00:40

Butterflies science story – landing page

4

01:20

A butterfly story in the classroom with Angela – year 4

(lesson development)

5–13

01:38

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust

14

13:41

Personal reflections about taking classroom science into the community

15

14:40

Science citizenship, the students and long-term learning

16–19

14:58

SLH resources that supported this learning

20–27

20:57

What happened following the science learning

28–32

27:17

Order promo material, SLH links, thanks

33–34

28:57

Nature of science

Becoming citizen scientists helps students develop all aspects of the Nature of Science as identified in the New Zealand Curriculum – understanding about science, investigating in science, communicating in science and participating and contributing. Angela’s students also developed the science capability ‘Engage with science’ by contributing to a real-world science project.

Useful links

Find out more about the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust (MBNZT).

Check out our collection of resources in Pond on citizen science.

    Published 12 August 2015