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Science Units


ALL ABOUT FISH.pdf : [93 KB]

A living world science investigation using the topic of fish. As well as learning where fish live, what they eat and physical features of fish, students will also find out how to look after fish and where we find fish. Many creative activities included.

Videos supporting this unit.

WHAT MAKES A FISH – FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

THE FISHES OF GOAT ISLAND MARINE RESERVE

BEACH VISIT.pdf : [93 KB]

Students always enjoy a visit and it provides a great learning experience. In this unit, students prepare for their visit by sharing what they already know about the beach and the birds and creatures they will find there. Students prepare lists of questions they would like answered on their visit to the beach. A list of activities are provided and lots of cross curricular ideas for back in the classroom.

Take a Tour of Great NZ Beaches

New Zealand Beaches Video Tour

BECOME A ROCKHOUND.pdf : [89 KB]

An introduction to the world of rocks and investigations into the scientific realm of the Physical World. Students collect and classify many different types of rocks and offer explanations for the choices they make. Close links to English and the Place and Environment strand os social sciences.

Types of Rocks

Rockhounds for Kids (Website and Videos)

Bee-Aware-Month.pdf : [283 KB]

Bee Aware Month. September 2015. Download pdf to celebrate in style and enter the School Photo Competition.

BIRD TABLE.pdf : [239 KB]

There is no better way for young students to develop a greater understanding of and love of bird life than to design bird feeders/tables for the school grounds. Environmental education in a technology, social sciences and English setting.

Website supporting this unit.

SETTING UP A BIRD TABLE

folder_movies.pngVideo supporting this unit.

TUI BEING FED

BUSH FIELD TRIP.pdf : Subscription Only Download [92 KB]

Activities to involve students in planning and enjoying a field trip to a local native bush area. Many cross curricular activities.

Additional Resources for this Unit

Walk through Native Bush Video

CELEBRATE SEAWEEK.pdf : Subscription Only Download [112 KB]

Seaweek is the annual celebration where we encourage students to: increase their knowledge and understanding of our precious marine environment; understand and promote the need for sustainable use of our coastal and marine environments; develop a sense of personal responsibility for the marine environment and develop an understanding of the relationship between people and the marine environment. Practical science and a wealth of cross curricula ideas and activities. Can be used at any time of the year!

Swimming with Dolphins

Life in the Oceans

Ocean Animals

CLASSIC INVESTIGATIONS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [163 KB]

Dozens of on-going science investigations for students on an atmospheric, cosmos, gardening and energy themes. Makes extensive use of Google and sciencekids.co.nz

Science Kids Web Page Links Supporting this Unit

                         ELECTRICITY FACTS AND ACTIVITIES

                         WEATHER FACTS AND ACTIVITIES

                         ENERGY FACTS AND ACTIVITIES

                         AMAZING SPACE VIDEOS

CLASSIFICATION.pdf : Subscription Only Download [261 KB]

In this unit students explore the idea that there are lots of different things in the world and we can group them by finding the things that groups of creatures have in common – we can classify them.

CLASSIFICATION OF LIVING THINGS VIDEO

ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION BASICS

ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION INTERACTIVE GAME

earthquake.pdf : [299 KB]

LEARN MORE ABOUT EARTHQUAKES WITH WHAT'S THE PLAN,STAN?

New Zealand experiences thousands of earthquakes every year. Most are either very deep or centred well offshore, causing little damage or injury. However, a severe earthquake can occur at any time with devastating effects. The Kaikoura 7.8M earthquake is yet another reminder of our need to be prepared.

Use this single page live-linked pdf of essential resources at school with students; school leaders; boards of trustees and for your local community and parents.

Make it available by downloading the pdf and placing it on your school/class website and/or facebook pages. It can also be printed out and sent home with school newsletters. More information and relevant links can also be found at:

www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz

What's the Plan, Stan is linked to the curriculum areas of Health & PE; Social Sciences; Science and English.

FUN WITH GARDENS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [98 KB]

Lots of practical (and fun) activities for students to learn about the living world.

Gardening Ideas for Young Kids

Gardening Ideas for Juniors/Families

IS IT ALIVE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [97 KB]

Living world science explorations to introduce young students to the concept that all things can be classified as living or non-living. In the course of the unit, students will discover how to care for and look after animals and plants. Strong links to English and the visual and performing arts.

Living and Non Living Things

JOY OF GARDENS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [99 KB]

Students will share experiences of the living world by examining and discovering similarities and differences between flowers. The unit culminates in the creating and planting of a class garden and learning about plant response to seasonal change.

Yates Gardening for Kids

KERERU.pdf : Subscription Only Download [183 KB]

THE KERERU COUNT

The kereru (NZ wood pigeons) are very important for keeping our forests healthy as they are the only birds that can spread the seeds of native trees. Unfortunately kereru are in decline through predation, habitat loss and damage, competition and illegal hunting. This unit provides ideas and linksfor your students to learn about these wonderful birds, the threats they face and their importance in the wider ecosystem. 

Websites supporting this unit.

DOC Kereru Website Section

Kereru Count Website

Kereru Discovery Website

Kereru Slideshow

Videos supporting this unit.

Kereru on Tree

Kereru and Tui Images and Video

Kereru Feeding and Flying

Close up of Kereru Flying

LIGHTS GO OUT.pdf : Subscription Only Download [149 KB]

A fun unit based on our response to a common situation – our power goes down. Students are introduced to the idea that electricity is used to power so many of our household appliances and how it helps us in our everyday lives. Strong links to the arts and health.

Electricity for Beginners

MAKE AN ANEMOMETER.pdf : Subscription Only Download [96 KB]

An enjoyable and informative project for students to construct a simple wind-speed anemometer to find out how strong the wind is.

 

MAKE A SIMPLE ANEMOMETER VIDEO

Designing Wind Measuring Instruments pdf.

NATIVE BUSH STUDY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [89 KB]

In this unit, students visit a local bush area and cary out a series of tasks including: looking for signs of damage to the bush, observing young seedlings, naming some native trees, identifying bush birds etc. Fun follow up activities for back in the classroom conclude the unit.

Native Bush Image Library

Native Bird Sounds of New Zealand

OUR FIVE SENSES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [111 KB]

In a Living World – Life processes science context, students discover and explore their five senses and gain an understanding of their importance to people in helping them make sense of the world around them.

WE HAVE FIVE SENSES

OUR FIVE SENSES TEACHING THEME

FIVE SENSES WORKSHEETS

FIVE SENSES SONG AND LINKS

PARACHUTES AND GLIDERS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [102 KB]

Handkerchief parachutes and paper gliders are used as a way to introduce young students to the concept of air and wind – things that we know are there but we can not see. This unit is designed as a physical inquiry unit and encourages speculation and interesting group and class discussion.

Website to support this unit.

Paper Glider Instructions – Website

Video to support this unit.

Paper Glider Instructions – Video

REASONS FOR TREES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [97 KB]

 

Arbor Day falls every year on June 5. It is much more than the start of the tree planting season - think of it as a celebration of everything that depends on trees and the importance of them in our daily lives. These ideas are to help you and your class celebrate the day with purpose and at the same time have some fun - it is a celebration! Living world strand of science plus many cross-curricular links.

Arbor Day Teaching Resource pdf.

This booklet includes:

  • Some background information about trees for teachers
  •  An information guide on how to plant and care for trees
  • Activities for year levels 1,2,3 and 4 based on the aims of environmental education
  • Identification/information sheets for 6 of New Zealand’s native tree species.
  • A booklist with a selection of readings on trees from picture books suitable for younger students, through to reference books suitable for teachers.


NEW ZEALAND NATIVE TREES AND PLANTS

IMAGES OF NEW ZEALAND NATIVE TREES/PLANTS

RIDE THE WIND.pdf : Subscription Only Download [102 KB]

Science based activities based on the theme of the wind including; how do we measure it, how do we know it is there and building up a wind vocabulary.

Additional Resources for this Unit

Story of the Wind for Teachers 

Build a simple anemometer

Seaweek2016.pdf : [2 MB]

SEEDS AND TEMPERATURES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [82 KB]

Two simple science experiments/activities involving investigating seeds and discovering how we can use a thermometer to read temperature. Lots of opportunities for discussion.

USING A THERMOMETER TEACHER IDEAS AND VIDEO

THINGS THAT FLY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [91 KB]

A making sense of the physical world unit where students conduct simple experiments with objects to see which fly the best and then speculate on the reasons for this. The unit concludes with students considering the nature of air – how do we know it is there …

Websites to enhance this lesson

FUN PAPER AIRPLANE TEMPLATES (many styles)

50 PAPER AIRPLANES TO MAKE

KITE MAKING IS FUN

USING WATER.pdf : Subscription Only Download [172 KB]

Science and environment based ideas exploring the uses of water and how we can measure the amount we use and the importance of conserving water.

WATER LESSON PLANS

USES OF WATER POSTER AND WORKSHEETS

INTERACTIVE WATER CYCLE LESSON

VOLCANOES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [79 KB]

Explorations based on volcanoes. What are they? Why do they explode? What comes out of them? Where are they found? What damage do they cause? Are they dangerous? Why do we have them on earth?

Mt Ruapehu Erupting

WATER EXPERIENCES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [94 KB]

Using the context of water to express and develop science ideas and simple scientific theories to explore and test. Using the context of water to develop and explore new vocabulary to describe physical observations and feelings.

WATERSERIES 1.pdf : Subscription Only Download [112 KB]

WATER SERIES #1

LESSON ONE IN A SERIES OF NATURE OF SCIENCE AND MATERIAL WORLD EXPLORATIONS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS:

Best suited to  Years 1-3

Achievement Objectives

  • By observation, students will explore and change the properties of water, including, smell, shape, colour and taste.
  • Students will build up a water vocabulary to be able to explain their observations, experiences and properties of water.

Website Links to Extend this Lesson

Cool Water Experiments for Kids (Video)

Floating Coloured Water Experiment

WATERSERIES 2.pdf : Subscription Only Download [178 KB]

WATER SERIES # 2

Best suited to Years 1-3

Achievement Objectives

Through observation and experimentation students will discover:

  • the difference between solids and liquids
  • liquids such as water take the shape of the container they are in or spread out to cover an area
  • water takes the shape of the space it passes through
  • some solids such as sand and sugar can take the shape of the container in which they are contained but the particles of these solids retain their shapes solids keep their shapes unless they are damaged or altered in some permanent way

WATERY IDEAS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [87 KB]

A living world science based cross-curricula unit where students conduct observations at the beach, rivers and stream to discover what makes up the physical environment of each setting. They also look for threats to the environment such as litter and listen to the particular sounds of each environment. Lots of cross curricula ideas including 'pseudo science', music and visual arts.

Beautiful NZ Aquatic Environments

WHAT IS ENERGY.pdf : Subscription Only Download [105 KB]

Science activities where students try to find out what is meant by energy, where it comes from, what provides it and how do we use it.

What is Energy, Work and Force

WHAT IS TEMPERATURE.pdf : Subscription Only Download [85 KB]

Students begin thinking about the concept of temperature, how it affects us in everyday life and how we can measure temperature using a thermometer.

MEASURING AIR TEMPERATURE IDEAS AND CHART

WOOD AND TREES.pdf : Subscription Only Download [89 KB]

Students are asked to investigate and find out what are the purposes for trees, eg as an environment for birds and insects and for producing products that we all use. Students then take a close look at everyday products to find out the different materials they are made out of.

WOOL; FUR; FEATHERS.pdf : Subscription Only Download [116 KB]

A major science based unit where students begin thinking about animals, and in particular, farm animals. The unit includes a farm visit where students learn about kind treatment of farm animals and why we farm them. Lots of cross curricular activities with an emphasis on vocabulary development.