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 ...

Marine food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/143-marine-food-webs
Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships ...

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 ...

Adaptations of marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/142-adaptations-of-marine-organisms
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Earthworm adaptations

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cockles

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

Ocean acidification and eggshells

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/159-ocean-acidification-and-eggshells
In this activity, students observe how chicken eggs can be used to simulate the potential ...

Marine habitats

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/145-marine-habitats
A habitat is the area where an organism or group of organisms live and breed. One habitat will ...

New Zealand’s green-lipped mussel industry

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/751-new-zealand-s-green-lipped-mussel-industry
Green-lipped mussels are New Zealand’s major aquaculture species. Explore how green-lipped ...

Mussels

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1421-mussels
Mussels are bivalve molluscs. New Zealand has 22 species of mussel including the blue mussel ...

Life of a pea crab

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/755-life-of-a-pea-crab
The New Zealand pea crab (Nepinnotheres novaezelandiae) is a parasite that spends its adult ...

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 ...

Human impact on estuaries

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1231-human-impact-on-estuaries
People like to live near estuaries. In pre-European times, estuaries were favourite places for ...

Develop a classification system

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/158-develop-a-classification-system
In this activity, students work in small groups and come up with their own classification ...

Plankton

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/146-plankton
Plankton are predominantly free-floating organisms that move with the ocean currents. Many ...

Life of a green-lipped mussel

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/733-life-of-a-green-lipped-mussel
Green-lipped mussels are endemic to New Zealand. They make their home on rocks and solid ...
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