Topic 4: Brilliant Biodiversity!

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Biodiversity is essential to life as we know it and we’re excited to share our enthusiasm with your class. In this topic we'll look at what biodiversity looks like in both Antarctica and New Zealand, and learn how our actions are impacting our ecosystems. During the topic we’ll encourage your students to get outside and get their hands dirty. They'll look for plants and animals in their local environment - any ideas on how you can help improve your local backyard biodiversity? 🦉🌳

Core objective:

  • Year 1-2: Understand food chains as a tool for exploring Antarctic and local biodiversity through outside play.
  • Year 3-5, 6-8: Understand food webs as a tool for exploring Antarctic and local biodiversity, and consider the ways climate change may impact Antarctica and Aotearoa’s food webs.

Mātauranga Māori: Whakapapa is an integral part of Mātauranga Māori, these resources explore this concept

Call-to-Action: Start a school trapping project! Trap introduced predators and save our native birds, insects and plants!


Year 1 and 2 - Level 1

Major links 

The Arts 

  • Visual Arts - Developing Practical Knowledge, Developing Ideas

English 

  • Speaking, presenting - Ideas

Science 

  • Nature of Science - Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing
  • Living World - Life processes, Ecology, Evolution

Minor links 

The Arts 

  • Drama - Developing Ideas

Health and Physical Education

  • Personal Health and Physical Development - Regular physical activity

Science 

  • Planet Earth and Beyond - Interacting systems

Year 3 - 5 Level 2 and 3 

Major links 

English 

  • Speaking, Writing, Presenting - Ideas, Processes and strategies

Science 

  • Nature of Science - Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing
  • Living World - Life processes, Ecology, Evolution
  • Planet Earth and Beyond - Interacting systems (level 2 only)

Minor links 

Health and Physical Education

  • Personal Health and Physical Development - Regular physical activity

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Number and Algebra - Number knowledge

Year 6-8 Level 3 and 4

Major links 

English 

  • Speaking, Writing, Presenting - Ideas, Processes and strategies

Science 

  • Nature of Science - Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing
  • Living World - Life processes, Ecology, Evolution

Minor links 

Health and Physical Education

  • Personal Health and Physical Development - Regular physical activity

Years 1 - 2

Core Objective:

Understand food chains as a tool for exploring Antarctic and local biodiversity through outside play.

Lesson summary:

In this topic's suggested lesson plan students are introduced to the concept of biodiversity, and why it’s so important. They will learn to use food chains as a tool for understanding Antarctic ecosystems by representing animals and creating their own chain. They will then get out of the classroom to explore the biodiversity around their school and consider how the organisms they find form food chains.

Topic Call-to-Action:
Start a school trapping project! Trap introduced predators and save our native birds, insects and plants!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 1 - 2 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Make a plan to protect the biodiversity around your school (45 minutes+)
  • Find out about other biodiversity conservation activities in your region (10 minutes)
  • Find out about the conservation of plants, animals and insects in your greenspaces (15 minutes+)
  • Meet Aotearoas native fauna (10 minutes)
  • Birds and climate change (10-40 minutes)
  • Biodiversity under threat online quiz (10 minutes)

Years 3 - 5

Core Objective:

Understand food webs as a tool for exploring Antarctic and local biodiversity, and consider the ways climate change may impact Antarctica and Aotearoa’s food webs.

Lesson summary:

In this week's suggested lesson plan students are introduced to the concept of biodiversity, and why it’s so important. They will then learn to use food webs as a tool for understanding Antarctic ecosystems by creating their own. Finally students get to explore the biodiversity around their school and consider how the food web relationships they find might be impacted by climate change.

Topic Call-to-Action:

Start a school trapping project! Trap introduced predators and save our native birds, insects and plants!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 3 - 5 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Make a plan to protect the biodiversity around your school (45 minutes+)
  • Find out about other biodiversity conservation activities in your region (10 minutes)
  • Find out about the conservation of plants, animals and insects in your greenspaces (15 minutes+)
  • Meet Aotearoas native fauna (10 minutes)
  • Birds and climate change (10-40 minutes)
  • Biodiversity under threat online quiz (10 minutes)

Years 6 - 8

Core Objective:

Understand food webs as a tool for exploring Antarctic and local biodiversity, and consider the ways climate change may impact Antarctica and Aotearoa’s food webs.

Lesson summary:

In this week's suggested lesson plan students are introduced to the concept of biodiversity, and why it’s so important. They will then learn to use food webs as a tool for understanding Antarctic ecosystems by creating their own. Finally students get to explore the biodiversity around their school and consider how the food web relationships they find might be impacted by climate change.

Topic Call-to-Action:

Start a school trapping project! Trap introduced predators and save our native birds, insects and plants!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 6 - 8 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Make a plan to protect the biodiversity around your school (45 minutes+)
  • Find out about other biodiversity conservation activities in your region (10 minutes)
  • Find out about the conservation of plants, animals and insects in your greenspaces (15 minutes+)
  • Meet Aotearoas native fauna (10 minutes)
  • Birds and climate change (10-40 minutes)
  • Biodiversity under threat online quiz (10 minutes)

Core Objective:

In this topic students will grow their understanding on their own Whakapapa by exploring who they are in their family tree. (Older age groups can also explore how Whakapapa relates to biodiversity, Te Reo & traditional narratives - shaping our understanding of the world).

Description:

Whakapapa is the core of traditional Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). Whakapapa means genealogy. Other Māori terms for genealogy are kāwai and tātai. Kauwhau and taki refer to the process of tracing genealogies.

It maps relationships so that mythology, legend, history, knowledge, tikanga (custom), philosophies and spiritualities are organised, preserved and transmitted from one generation to the next.

East Coast elder Apirana Ngata (The cultural leader on your $50.00 note) explained that whakapapa is ‘the process of laying one thing upon another. If you visualise the foundation ancestors as the first generation, the next and succeeding ancestors are placed on them in ordered layers.’

Lesson plans:

In this topic you will explore the meaning of Whakapapa. You will be encouraged to wear your ‘cultural glasses’ to view how one can see the world through the ‘eyes’ of Whakapapa.

Understanding how ecosystems and our biodiversities link to the whakapapa Kaitiaki of Atua.


These Te Ao Māori resources have kindly been put together by Hinga

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