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 ...

Humans and the water cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/726-humans-and-the-water-cycle
We are becoming increasingly aware of our impacts on nature, but unfortunately many of the ...

Human impacts on marine environments

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/144-human-impacts-on-marine-environments
Throughout human existence we have relied on the oceans – for food, as a waste dump, for ...

Human impact on rivers

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/440-human-impact-on-rivers
Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with ...

Earthworm adaptations

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

Cleaning up the oil spill

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1140-cleaning-up-the-oil-spill
On 5 October 2011, the cargo vessel Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef. The ship was ...

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 ...

What is the Earth system?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1256-what-is-the-earth-system
There are many interacting systems that make up the Earth, many of which are dynamic. These ...

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 ...

Ocean temperature

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/707-ocean-temperature
The temperature of the ocean determines what form the water takes. Most of the ocean is liquid ...

Environmental conditions affecting the sea

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/141-environmental-conditions-affecting-the-sea
On land, the most important environmental conditions affecting organisms are rainfall and ...

Classifying marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/140-classifying-marine-organisms
Classification is an important tool used by scientists to show how organisms are related to ...

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 ...

Monarch butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/511-monarch-butterflies
There is a touch of irony that, in a country famous for its unique wildlife, New Zealand’s most ...

Sea stars

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/149-sea-stars
When is a fish not really a fish? When it’s a starfish! Starfish is the common name for a group ...

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 ...

New Zealand’s unique ecology

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1440-new-zealand-s-unique-ecology
New Zealand has a rich and unique range of plants, animals and fungi. The level of distinctive ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

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 ...

Cockles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/148-cockles
Cockles are classified as bivalves within the phylum Mollusca. (Almost all shelled marine ...

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 ...

Tuatara

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1382-tuatara
New Zealand’s endemic tuatara is a very unusual animal. They are the only living representative ...

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 ...

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 ...
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