Flowering plants

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/81-flowering-plants
Plants are living things: They grow and die. They produce young. They are made of cells. They ...

Kiwifruit pollination problems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/72-kiwifruit-pollination-problems
Next time you eat a kiwifruit, cut it in half and look at it before taking a bite. Look for the ...

How honey heals wounds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1702-how-honey-heals-wounds
All honeys have properties that help them heal wounds. But how do they do this, and what’s so ...

Avocado pollination

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/73-avocado-pollination
Getting good crops of avocados in New Zealand is not always easy, and pollination is part of ...

Antibacterial effects of honey - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1713-antibacterial-effects-of-honey-experiment
Honey is antibacterial and can prevent growth of most types of bacteria. This experiment ...

Honey bee heroes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/83-honey-bee-heroes
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops ...

Mistletoes and mutualism

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/74-mistletoes-and-mutualism
In some of the beech forests of New Zealand, bright red or yellow mistletoe flowers stand out ...

Honey to heal - introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1700-honey-to-heal-introduction
You may have been spreading honey on your toast for a few years, but people have been using it ...

The viscosity of honey - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1720-the-viscosity-of-honey-experiment
The viscosity of honey ranges from runny to almost solid. In this experiment, you can compare ...

Pollination pairs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/90-pollination-pairs
In this activity, students match native flowers with their pollinators, basing predictions on ...

Honeybees and Mānuka trees

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1703-honeybees-and-manuka-trees
Although honey from New Zealand’s Mānuka trees looks a lot like other honeys, there is one ...

Making honey crystals - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1715-making-honey-crystals-experiment
The presence of sugar crystals in honey affects the honey’s texture and palatability. In this ...

Processing Mānuka honey

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1704-processing-manuka-honey
New Zealand company Comvita is making and selling Mānuka honey woundcare products. In order to ...

Pollination (lower primary) – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/94-pollination-lower-primary-unit-plan
Flowering plants create seeds, which get spread away from the parents and grow into new plants ...

Pass the pollen

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/91-pass-the-pollen
In this activity, students take on the role of flower parts and act out the process of insect ...

How much water is in honey? - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1714-how-much-water-is-in-honey-experiment
The amount of water in honey depends upon the type and quality of the honey. In this ...

Let’s look at flowers

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/89-let-s-look-at-flowers
In this activity, students will look at flowers and identify the different reproductive parts ...

The thixotropic nature of Mānuka honey - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1718-the-thixotropic-nature-of-manuka-honey-experiment
Mānuka honey is thixotropic. This means that it is solid when undisturbed, but becomes fluid ...

Investigating pollen processing using evidence

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/92-investigating-pollen-processing-using-evidence
In this activity, students use information to annotate a diagram of pollen processing and use ...

Dr Mark Goodwin

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/85-dr-mark-goodwin
Position: Head of research team Field: Honey bees and pollination Organisation: Plant & ...

The osmotic effect of honey - experiment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1716-the-osmotic-effect-of-honey-experiment
In this experiment, you can demonstrate osmosis using honey and potatoes. Purpose To observe ...

Bees – fun facts

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2002-bees-fun-facts
Below are some interesting facts about bees and honey. Find out more about bees and ...

Mānuka plantation research for medical-grade honey

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2067-manuka-plantation-research-for-medical-grade-honey
In a world seeking natural remedies and alternatives to our failing antibiotic treatments ...

From bees to bandages

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1705-from-bees-to-bandages
Honey is a very sticky, runny substance and using it on a wound dressing can be a very messy ...
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