The Department of Conservation (DOC) of New Zealand has created an in depth series of educational guides covering a range of topics on our natural environment. It links clearly to the NZ curriculum and has easy to follow activities to engage your students in environmental education. Great for all educators of primary aged children.
Exploring Your Local Environment is the first resource in the ‘In the environment’ series. It provides an overview, introducing key concepts. Students start to form an inquiry plan (using your own inquiry model, or the one provided), identify a local green space and begin to explore it.
It includes activities to help plan an investigation into the biodiversity in your local green space. The activities can also be used as stand-alone authentic learning experiences, to encourage students to connect to a local green space.
Other resources from the ‘In the environment’ series
- Exploring your local environment
- Experiencing birds in your green space
- Experiencing invertebrates in your green space
- Experiencing native trees in your green space
- Investigating animal pests in your green space
- Investigating plant pests in your green space
- Enhancing biodiversity in your green space
- Tools for environmental action
A useful tool for any budding scientist is the Digital Microscope Magnifier – cost varies depending on where you get one. We have found the one picture left for NZD30 appropriate for our investigations at the Open Lab.
The Kiwi Conservation Club KCC is the publisher of a wonderful children’s magazine Wild Things below is a page from one of their publications which illustrates a real world scientific trapping technique used by entomologists to capture and examine critters.
A number of posters have been prepared for NZFSS, courtesy of Environment Waikato. These are available free of charge, excluding postage. There are currently three posters available (pictured below is the one we use at the Open Lab), detailing New Zealand native freshwater fauna and flora. Posters can be ordered from Waikato Regional Council (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
YouTube clips are always popular with children and I will add some below as I find them
Published on May 21, 2012