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In this activity, students learn about toxins and poisons and research what’s poisonous in New Zealand.

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

  • describe how at least one historical poison disaster helped people in the future
  • explain the difference between toxins (natural toxins) and other poisons
  • explain how poisons/toxins can be useful
  • describe and talk about toxic animals, plants or bacteria (in food) in New Zealand
  • explain what to do in a case of poisoning and describe what the National Poison Centre is.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do.
    Published 4 September 2012