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In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers from the Science Learning Hub and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation introduce some readily available resources and model activities about New Zealand’s native trees.

They discuss how engaging in science inquiries can be easily adapted to any level as well as supporting learning across the curriculum. Their enthusiasm for this topic will inspire teachers to explore native trees as a context within the Living World curriculum.

Look forward to exploring with this resource in hand.

Teacher

You may find it easier to download the video and PowerPoint presentation.

Index

Topic

PowerPoint slide number(s)

Video timecode

Introducing the Science Learning Hub and presenters

1

00:00

Index

2–3

00:22

Purpose

4

00:39

What is a tree?

5–7

01:03

Identifying native trees – classification

8–9

02:57

Identifying native trees – observation

10–12

06:43

Why are native trees important?

13–15

13:50

Department of Conservation resources

16–18

15:33

What is special about New Zealand trees?

19

22:00

Podocarp forests

20

24:18

Co-evolution, whakapapa and interdependence

21

27:27

Local speciation

22

28:45

Special adaptations

23

30:38

Opportunities for connecting with native trees

24

31:55

What next?

25

35:18

DOC and SLH links, thanks

26–27

37:25

We encourage you to join our discussion about conservation education – register in our online forum on Slack. In this forum, we share and discuss ideas, and share resources.

Thanks – I've learned so much!

Teacher

Nature of science

The activities outlined in this webinar encourage students to think like scientists – making careful observations and using these as evidence for decision making regarding classification of native trees.

Conservation webinar series

This is part of a series of webinars that we are holding with the Department of Conservation to showcase their wonderful new resources designed to connect students with the environment.

Activity ideas

Some related activities include Ferns under the microscopeObservation: learning to seeNative plant leaves – DIY classification systemMaking a life-size leaf collection and Develop a classification system.

Related content

Articles you may wish to use for further reading include Observation and science and the video Using DNA analyses for classification.

Useful links

This webinar features the Department of Conservation resources Experiencing native trees in your green space and Enhancing biodiversity in your green space. The full collection of Department of Conservation resources can be found here.

Other useful websites include Bushmansfriend and T.E.R.R.A.I.N.

Acknowledgement

This webinar was brought to you in collaboration with the Department of Conservation.

 

    Published 5 June 2018 Referencing Hub articles