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TERM FOUR 2021 Starters&Strategies Magazine NOW ONLINE

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Check out the following new lessons on the Lessons Library Page.

1. The Importance of Blood Donors: Yrs 4-8+

Health, Science, Social Sciences and Visual Arts

New Zealand Blood Service celebrates World Blood Donor every year. As the need for blood and blood donors is constant and increasing, this unit explores the major contribution that young students, including those not old enough to give blood, can make in recruiting new donors and the importance of saying ‘a huge’ thank you to present donors – the heroes who are helping save lives.

2. Improving the Quality of Our Water Yrs 4-8+

Health, Science & Social Sciences


 Students will discover the difference between treated drinking water, wastewater and stormwater and the different paths they take before being released back into our natural environment. Students will focus on the pollutants that stormwater and wastewater can carry and the serious effects this can have on our rivers, streams and natural environment. The focus will then shift to wastewater treatment and specifically the problem caused by the increasing amount and variety of unwanted products that we continue to flush down our toilets.


Backyard Biodiversity Website – A Brilliant Practical Video Series

Backyard Biodiversity is a joint initiative between Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and the Taranaki Regional Council. Through a series of fun videos, Rotokare and TRC environmental educators Ash and Emily guide you on discovering, protecting, and enhancing backyard habitat for native species.

Use this brilliant backyard adventures to discover what bugs, birds, lizards, and plants have taken up residence in your garden. If your backyard is bursting with biodiversity that’s awesome. If it’s a lifeless desert, we show you how to make your garden irresistible to native wildlife. (Be patient)


Sustainablity Education Dates for October 2021 Now Online 

 Plan to explore these lesson ideas after the October holidays.

Check out dates and live links to websites,videos and lessons on Bulletin Board.



A new online game developed by New Zealand disaster recovery agencies is the latest weapon in the war against COVID-19. What’s The Plan Stan? (PANDEMIC) is a free online game developed to teach primary school children how to be prepared for emergencies. Click on the image above to play the game.


Search engine Google has radically changed the way we can locate information quickly and accurately. The themes in this unit are framed as querstions on science and natural science themes and are cross-curricular in nature – lots of discussion, related arts and social science activities.

Initial research can be carried out on Google and then expanded to books and invitations to ‘experts’ from the community invited to the classroom.

Click here to download this multi-level unit. Free download



The following pdfs have been developed by starters for teaching young students at home. All are free and cover English, Mathematics and Visual Arts Topics.

A is for Apple: English

Learning from Games: English

Baking a Cake Maths; (Measurement)

Counting with Graphs: Maths

Introduction to Estimation: Maths

Line, Colour, Texture; (Visual Arts)

Cardboard Printing; (Visual Arts)

Mono-printing; (Visual Arts




 In this Science, Social Sciences and Technology based unit, students discover why and how we depend on aggregate and the major part it plays in our everyday lives and for New Zealand industry. 

By conducting in-depth investigations, students will discover the dozens of ways aggregate is used at school, at home and in their local community – eg roads, houses, footpaths, walls, tennis courts, driveways, patios, airport runways, monuments, drains … etc. The unit concludes by having students explore the major part that rehabilitation of old quarries plays in providing us with beautiful places to enjoy and explore including parks, native reserves, waterways etc and debunks the notion that we should never quarry

Click here to view and download this unit. Subscription only unit.


Science based and cross-curricular activities to explore elements that make up our world and to celebrate over 150 years since the first Periodic Table of Elements that explained what matter is, was published. Through their explorations, students will gain an appreciation of science as a way of explaining the world and discover the ways that scientists need to work together and gather evidence to support their ideas and theories.

Best suited to years 5-10

Click here to download this unit. Subscription only unit.


Looking for Multi-level Ideas and Activities to Teach Your Student at Home?

Lessons, Teaching Ideas and Stimulating Activities/Videos in Different Curriculum Areas,  for Different Age Groups for 'Home Teachers'

Check out these exciting resources and links on Bulletin Board.



Te Reo Singalong Books author, Sharon Holt, has created a site for children and teachers to use for free. Each week day will feature a different Te Reo Singalong book complete with 3 videos: one with the author introducing the book, one with the song, and one with a fun activity. The previous books will remain there for viewing. Click the link below.


 Butterfly Creek has put together some fun and educational activities to help keep kids occupied and happy. Including printable Butterfly & Dinosaur Masks, animal quizzes, awesome activity sheets & so much more! We will also be posting on FB fun competitions each week with passes to be won to be used once we open.

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Since our Covid-19 virus period began, we have been exploring different ways that starters website can help schools, their teachers and those who will be teaching at home. As you are all aware there is a wealth of free lesson material on starters including the fabulous BP Challenges, starters&strategies Teacher's Magazine and links to valuable educational websites and videos that can be used by 'home teachers'. We are currently putting together a further set of lessons that can easily be used by parents/whanau in homes around the country. 

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