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  • In this recorded professional learning session join Nicola Daly, Associate Professor in Education, expert in children’s literature and developer of the picture book collections – and, and Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub in a webinar highlighting the strength of picture books as a tool to promote science conversations and capabilities.

    From The Hungry Caterpillar to the Battle of the Mountains classroom teachers regularly include picture books in their programmes. Use this known teaching approach to springboard into science, a curriculum area research shows us needs greater focus in primary schools. 

    Thanks a ton – awesome to have meaningful kōrero around picture books and science


    In this session Nicola and Greta will be looking at the book, Ngā Rongoā a Koro – Koro's Medicine written by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Sabrina Malcolm and translated by Kararaina Uatuku. We will demonstrate how you can support children to connect with the ideas about and from science and the depth of learning that can be explored in this book. Some of the ideas include acknowledging mātauranga as a valid knowledge system, rongoā Māori, plant identification and more.

    I'm inspired to explore picture books for some of my geology students, thanks a lot for the webinar.


    And picture books aren’t just for little ones. They provide a great way to access older student’s prior knowledge and to assess their understanding of science concepts, making this session valuable for teachers in ECE, primary and lower secondary school. 

    Ngā mihi ki a kōrua, awesome kōrero!  


    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.



    Slideshow number(s)

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    Introducing the Science Learning Hub






    Introducing Dr Nicola Daly



    Participants ideas – favourite picture books



    Why use picture books in the classroom?



    Koro’s medicine – reading by Nicola



    Curriculum links



      – Plant identification and classification



      – Language



      – Ways of knowing



    Participant ideas – picture books and science concepts



    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks



    We encourage you to join our discussions about picture books and science education in the #primaryscience channel in our online forum on Slack. In this forum we share and discuss ideas, and share resources. If you need any help accessing our Slack forum or you have not received an invitation, either see our help info or please email us.

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    Have a look at the resources under our Literacy through science topic or explore our article showcasing PLD for primary teachers.

    Check out our entire range of Connected articles here – we’ve curated them by topic and concepts.

    Looking for an engaging science book to add to your next teaching plan/topic? We have created a curation of ones we like on our Pinterest board here.


    You might also be interested in these recorded webinars:

    Useful links

    Have a look at these picture book collections linking to a variety of curriculum areas:

    Listen to Dr Nicola Daly and Dr Dianne Forbes in this RadioNZ interview  from August 2021about the value of picture books.


    The Science Learning Hub would like to thank Dr Nicola Daly. 

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