The phosphorus cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/961-the-phosphorus-cycle
Phosphorus is a chemical element found on Earth in numerous compound forms, such as the ...

The nitrogen cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/960-the-nitrogen-cycle
Nitrogen is the most abundant element in our planet’s atmosphere. Approximately 78% of the ...

Soil properties

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/957-soil-properties
All soils contain mineral particles, organic matter, water and air. The combinations of 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 ...

Soil formation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/955-soil-formation
New Zealand has a wide variety of landscapes. A day’s sightseeing journey might include ...

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 ...

The role of clover

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/966-the-role-of-clover
Clover grows well in New Zealand pasture and has long been used to get nitrogen into the soil ...

Soil is a habitat

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/892-soil-is-a-habitat
A habitat is an area in which something lives. Soil is a habitat, and it is full of life ...

Fertiliser

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/964-fertiliser
Just as we have essential needs for our growth, plants also have essential needs for their ...

Soil names

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/970-soil-names
Most people are familiar with the Linnean classification system used to identify living things ...

Farming development and changing landscapes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/963-farming-development-and-changing-landscapes
Farming is a way of life in New Zealand. Farms cover about half of the country’s land and are ...

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 ...

Farm management practices

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/969-farm-management-practices
Farming is an economic venture – farmers work the land to gain an income. Many New Zealand ...

Nitrification and denitrification

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/978-nitrification-and-denitrification
In this activity, students explore chemical processes that occur within the nitrogen cycle. In ...

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 ...

Farming and the environment – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1575-farming-and-the-environment-timeline
Use this timeline to to find out about some key dates relating to discoveries about farming and ...

Investigating soil moisture content

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/736-investigating-soil-moisture-content
In this activity, students find the moisture content of a soil sample and compare it to soil ...

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 ...

Threats to biodiversity

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1465-threats-to-biodiversity
In this activity, students research three aspects of biodiversity loss – direct species loss ...

Farming and environmental issues

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/983-farming-and-environmental-issues
In this activity, students explore ethical issues related to farming and environmental ...

Junior science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2251-junior-science
These science resources – written specifically for the junior school (level 1 and 2) develop ...

Soil – a focus for primary science week

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1133-soil-a-focus-for-primary-science-week
Primary Science Week 2016 has a focus on soil. Don’t confuse dirt with soil – did you know ...

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 ...

What makes up soil?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/898-what-makes-up-soil
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ...
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