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 ...

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 ...

What is in soil?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/890-what-is-in-soil
What’s in soil? When you pick up a handful of soil, what do you see? All soil is made up of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Soils are all different

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/891-soils-are-all-different
If you dig a hole in your school playing field, will the soil there look the same as the soil ...

Investigating earthworms – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/36-investigating-earthworms-introduction
To most of us, one earthworm resembles another. Although earthworms do have common ...

Alternative conceptions about soil

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/899-alternative-conceptions-about-soil
Students do not arrive in the classroom as blank slates. They’ve been exposed to the world ...

One website - many uses

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2339-one-website-many-uses
Greta Dromgool of Berkley Normal Middle School uses the interactive Label the heart as an ...

Caring for earthworms in the classroom

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/10-caring-for-earthworms-in-the-classroom
In this activity, students consider some of the ethical issues involved with keeping earthworms ...

Native and introduced earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/20-native-and-introduced-earthworms
New Zealand has over 200 known species of earthworms, with new species being identified as they ...

Māori soil science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/888-maori-soil-science
When Māori arrived in Aotearoa/New Zealand in the late 13th century, they found a land quite ...

Earthworms (lower primary) – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/18-earthworms-lower-primary-unit-plan
Earthworms are of interest to most children, are easily accessible and are an animal species ...

Common New Zealand earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/23-common-new-zealand-earthworms
Although earthworms have many common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin ...

Soil – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1861-soil-introduction
Discover the world beneath our feet with Planet Earth and Beyond resources for NZ Curriculum ...

Soil scientists at work

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/881-soil-scientists-at-work
Imagine having a job where you get to work outside and no one worries if you get dirty! That is ...

Octochaetus multiporus

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/21-octochaetus-multiporus
Octochaetus multiporus is a deep-burrowing earthworm native to New Zealand. It grows up to 30 ...

Visual soil assessment

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/981-visual-soil-assessment
In this activity, students learn about soil quality and soil properties by conducting a visual ...

Wormface – social networking for earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/31-wormface-social-networking-for-earthworms
In this activity, students research an earthworm of their choice before completing a Wormface ...

Catching worms using ground sounds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/577-catching-worms-using-ground-sounds
In this activity, students investigate whether there is any evidence that earthworms can ...
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