This article recounts the conversation between Tane, his dad and the scientists they find testing the health of their local river. It looks at the information gathered by the scientists and how it can be used to make decisions about the river.
Freshwater pollution is an important socio-scientific issue in New Zealand, and this article provides an introduction to the some of the key science ideas and language associated with cleaning up our rivers and lakes.
Check your school library for the article from the 2017 level 3 Connected journal ‘Mahi tahi, download it as a google slide presentation or order it from the Ministry of Education.
The teacher support material (TSM) can be downloaded from TKI (Word and PDF files are available, click on ‘Look inside this issue’). These materials focus on the science capability ‘Engage with science’, and the article content supports the science capability ‘Gather and interpret data’. Activity suggestions support students to investigate water quality, macroinvertebrates and catchments.
Literacy strategies provide support for unpacking the graphic representations, and there are many additional resource links provided.
The Science Learning Hub has a collection of resources looking at environmental monitoring.
The article Human impact on rivers highlights key areas we influence in river ecosystems, and the activity Saving taonga supports students to think about these changes on species such as whitebait and eels.
Understanding kaitiakitanga explores a Māori view of the world around us.
The 2014 Connected article ‘Counting kākahi’ tells the story of a freshwater scientist investigating black mussels in our lakes and rivers.
The Connected series is published annually by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.