Characteristics of living things

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/14-characteristics-of-living-things
When you look at the world around you, how do you categorise or group what you see? In science ...

Earthworm adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/17-earthworm-adaptations
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Earthworms’ role in the ecosystem

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/9-earthworms-role-in-the-ecosystem
Charles Darwin is well known for his work on natural selection. He published widely on topics ...

The role of observation in science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/8-the-role-of-observation-in-science
Observation is something we often do instinctively. Observation helps us decide whether it’s ...

Native bird adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1162-native-bird-adaptations
New Zealand separated from Gondwana around 65 million years ago. Due to the geographical ...

Living or non-living?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/27-living-or-non-living
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ...

Insulation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1006-insulation
In Antarctica, winter temperatures can vary from -70ºC to -15ºC – it is one of the coldest ...

Birds’ roles in ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1163-birds-roles-in-ecosystems
An ecosystem consists of all of the flora and fauna living within an area and the interactions ...

Flight of the godwit

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/296-flight-of-the-godwit
Bar-tailed godwits can fly about 12,000 km at one time – further than any other known bird ...

Niches within earthworms’ habitat

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/7-niches-within-earthworms-habitat
Asking where earthworms live may seem like a silly question. Doesn’t their name say it all ...

Charles Darwin and earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/22-charles-darwin-and-earthworms
Charles Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution as set out in his book On the Origin ...

Endemic, native or introduced?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1166-endemic-native-or-introduced
Birds are categorised as endemic, native or introduced. The attached PowerPoint presentation ...

Longfin eels

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/441-longfin-eels
The New Zealand longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii) is New Zealand’s only endemic freshwater ...

New Zealand bush ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1173-new-zealand-bush-ecosystems
In this activity, students build a food web that represents the New Zealand bush ecosystem ...

Predation of native birds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1159-predation-of-native-birds
New Zealand native birds have been greatly affected by predation. After existing in isolation ...

Observing earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/28-observing-earthworms
In this activity, students use observation to explore earthworm anatomy and the nature of ...

Exploring genetic variation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1170-exploring-genetic-variation
In this activity, students gain an understanding of the importance of genetic diversity within ...

Sound

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/571-sound
Three components are needed for sound: A source – where the sound is made. A medium – something ...

Protecting native birds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1157-protecting-native-birds
New Zealand birds evolved in isolation from natural predators for around 65 million years. When ...

Whitebait

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/442-whitebait
Whitebait is a term used to collectively describe the juvenile form of a number of small native ...

Observation in science – three-level reading guide

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/29-observation-in-science-three-level-reading-guide
In this activity, students use a three-level reading guide to locate information about the role ...

Conserving native birds – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1174-conserving-native-birds-unit-plan
New Zealand is well known for its unique bird life. Our endemic birds evolved in an isolated ...

Insects and forest ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1198-insects-and-forest-ecosystems
Our native forests – ngahere – have complex ecosystems. Within the wider ecosystems are smaller ...

Classifying bird adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1169-classifying-bird-adaptations
In this activity, students classify the different types of adaptations that New Zealand native ...
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