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  • Fungi are almost everywhere – in the air you breathe, in lots of the food you eat, in the soil you walk on, in the plants around you, in a stream’s foam bubbles and even on and inside you.

    As neither plants nor animals, fungi as a topic can provide opportunities for classroom discussion on the characteristics of living things and learning around classification.

    In this activity, students can test their knowledge of fungi online or in a paper-based quiz. The quiz can be used as an introductory tool to gauge students’ prior knowledge, as a summative assessment or as an engaging treasure hunt to introduce students to some of the different features, parts and uses of fungi.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • answer specific questions about fungi
    • check or revise their answers using related web resources
    • identify some of New Zealand’s fungi and where they grow.

    See the related Maori knowledge and uses of fungi quiz.

    Download the Word file (see link below).


    This resource has been adapted from Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa, a science/pūtaiao guide for teachers written by Dr Peter Buchanan, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research; Dr Georgina Stewart, Te Kura Mātauranga School of Education, AUT University; and Hēni Jacob. These resources have been written from a Māori world view.

    The Science Learning Hub would like to acknowledge Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and the writers for their permission and help to adapt this publication for the web.

    An electronic version of this teacher guidebook is available to download from Huia Publishers.

      Published 21 November 2018 Referencing Hub articles
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