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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 slideshow presentation.

    Index

    Topic

    Slideshow 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

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    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 microscope, Observation: learning to see, Native plant leaves – DIY classification system, Making 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.

    Help with planning

    The article New Zealand native trees – an introduction curates resources regarding the role of trees in native ecosystems, global cycles, their evolution and so much more. Included in this is the interactive Planning pathways using native tree resources that groups Hub resources into key science and teaching concepts. It provides a selection of pathways that allow for differing approaches and starting points to assist educators with their planning of lessons and units of work.

    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.

    Connecting with Nature to Care for Ourselves and the Earth highlights the most current and compelling evidence for connecting people with nature.

    Acknowledgement

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

      Published 5 June 2018 Referencing Hub articles