There are many fantastic resources available for use during Seaweek. We have listed those useful for teachers and others, so check out the downloads, ideas, references and links below. For more information see our links page to see what else is happening around New Zealand and the Globe.
New for Seaweek 2018!
Science Learning Hub Resources
The awesome folk at the Science Learning Hub have put together a special page for Seaweek 2018 here.
They also have a heap of other very relevant resources you might like to explore starring some Seaweek favourites:
http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1530-riley-and-steve-hathawayRevive Our Gulf:
Seaweek 2018 Posters
We have designed some stunning new posters for Seaweek 2018 for you to download and print yourself. Unfortunately we don’t have a printer sponsor for 2018 so we won’t be able to make any hard copies available this year.
New term, new NZ marine science resources
School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge and Science Learning Hub. Find the new resources here.
Marine ecosystems are critical to Kiwis’ health and wealth. There is increasing recognition that we need to change the way we manage marine resources if we are to sustainably develop our marine economy while protecting the taonga of our marine environment.
Ecosystem-based management (EBM) – a holistic and inclusive way to manage our marine environments and the competing uses for, demands on, and ways New Zealanders value them – is a way to do things better. Sustainable Seas is developing EBM knowledge and tools will help marine resource managers, Māori, industry and communities to assess the effect that developing an opportunity will have on the marine ecosystem, other marine activities, our values and our cultural connection to the marine environment.
The Ocean of Tomorrow
What will the ocean of tomorrow look like? Global warming and ocean acidification have varied and often invisible effects on the marine ecosystem. We rely on the ocean for a variety of resources including food and the air we breathe. We need to understand what these effects could mean for the future health of our ocean – and ourselves – so we can predict, manage and slow down the negative impacts.
To increase understanding of these issues, the NZ Marine studies Centre has produced a new teaching resource for high schools. “The Ocean of Tomorrow” is designed to help teachers and educators deliver lessons in the classroom that focus on the impact of climate change and, more specifically, ocean acidification on the marine environment. Working through this booklet, students will act as scientists, carrying out experiments and investigating the effects of ocean acidification on the ocean around New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.
The resource book was launched during Seaweek 2017 at a teacher workshop at Logan Park High School in Dunedin. There will be demonstrations of the activities and experiments and Associate Professor Miles Lamare will talk about his research into marine larval response to ocean acidification.
Free workshops for teachers will be run around the country during October and November 2017. Bookings are essential by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Production of the resource book was supported by the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust and the Ocean Acidification Research Theme based at the University of Otago.
Managing Mangrove Guidelines
NIWA have released a new Guidelines on Managing Mangrove (Mānawa) Expansion in New Zealand.
You can download it by clicking here.
Hauraki Gulf Posters 2017
As part of Seaweek 2017 the New Zealand Herald published a series of posters produced by the Hauraki Gulf Forum in association with Young Ocean Explorers. You don’t need to live near the Hauraki Gulf to enjoy these Posters. It features many species found around the coastline of New Zealand.
They feature many of the animals found in the Gulf’s near-shore, mid-water and deep water environments – and Riley Hathaway!
Get the YOE Explore the Gulf Augmented Reality App
Young Ocean Explorers are excited to provide an awesome Augmented Reality App for free along with the Explore the Gulf posters! Load the App onto your Apple or Android device and add some cool multimedia features to your printed poster!
- For Apple devices, go to iTunes to download the YOE app for iOS
- For Android devices, go to Google Play to download the YOE app for Android
You can also find the App by searching for “YOE Explore the Gulf” in the App store on your device.
Don’t have a poster?
Department of Conservation’s Marine and Coastal Resources
DOC have put together a fantastic collection of marine and coastal themed teaching resources, activities and field trips for free download here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-education/topic/marine-and-coastal/ These include:
Inquiry unit | Levels: 1-4 | In the environment: This resource supports outdoor exploration of the marine environment. The activities can be adapted to suit your local context.
Unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Learn about the species that depend on our estuaries – the places where freshwater and saltwater meet.
Unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Learn why a trip to a marine reserve is a great opportunity to study marine life in its natural habitat.
Video and unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Explore the importance of sand dunes and the impact of losing them in this teaching resource. Find out about the largest coastal plant protection programme in the southern hemisphere.
Unit | Levels: 3-4 | In the environment: Help your students learn about their local marine environment. View and download the rocky reef resource kit and teaching guide.
Factsheets | Levels: 2-4 | About the environment: These factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.
Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-4 | About the environment: This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.
LEARNZ “Marine Mammals” virtual field trip for schools
Term 1 starting 28 February 2017
Did you know that we are loving our terehu (bottlenose dolphin) too much? Dolphin-watching and swimming with the dolphins is an important part of New Zealand’s local and regional economy. Many people are attracted to the Bay of Islands to see them. But only one in four of the Bay’s terehu calves make it to adulthood and there are now fewer than 100 terehu visiting the Bay of Islands on a regular basis.
How can we protect these amazing animals and keep them in the Bay? On this field trip during SeaWeek, you will find out about terehu and other marine mammals (kekeno – NZ fur seal, maki – orca, and ika moana – whale).
Find out more here: http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=marinemammals171
Fish4all – NZ Recreational Fishing Reporting Smartphone App
Download for free: This App provides a fun and easy way for you to record your catch on your smartphone. Why? Because it helps to enhance fisheries management. http://www.fish4all.co.nz/ Available on iPhone and Android. Download for free by clicking on the icons below:
Fun and Easy: This fun app is so simple any person of any age in New Zealand (grandparent to grandchild) can use it. Fish4all helps you keep a virtual catch log, shows you how others are catching so you can see how well you do and allows you to take pictures and brag to your friends while at sea. Just follow the simple instructions from our cool mascot “Sammy the Penguin”. Click here to learn more.
Enhance Fisheries Management: Your data is critical in building a picture of local, regional & national recreational fishing interest. While you are the only one who can see your stats everyone’s information is collated to build appropriate profiles on recreational catch and effort. Click here to learn more.
Live Albatross Nest Filming
Go to www.doc.govt.nz/royalcam to watch highlights, leave a comment, or ask questions. DOC ranger Lyndon Perriman will be on hand to answer your questions.
DOC staff are present daily, monitoring this nest and over 20 others found on Taiaroa Head/Pukekura this season.
Northern royal albatross or toroa, have been nesting at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head since 1938, and the colony is now over 100 individual birds. They are one of the largest seabirds, with a wingspan of three metres!
A Southern Tale
A newly published paperback book by South Island writer Joanne McDougall, set mostly underwater in the Southern Ocean and is essentially a there and back chase, as an endangered NZ sea lion tries to catch her dinner. It features penguins, a fearsome shark and other aquatic animals. If you visit my website and go to the book page, you can peek inside. Though the fish, shark and dolphins are just generic and designed to be recognisable, the other animals are species specific and their conservation status is listed in the back. It demonstrates the aquatic food chain in a fun way. Available in libraries and bookshops.
Science Learning Hub Seaweek 2017 Resources
The wonderful team at the Science Learning Hub have put together a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials grouped under possible teaching topics especially for Seaweek 2017. These include a professional development session for teachers.
NIWA Teacher Resources
They provide a range of free online resources that cover the ocean, freshwater and coastline that can help you with classes during Seaweek.
Algalita Research Vessel – join the crew!
Research vessel Algalita has embarked on an expedition to the Southern Hemisphere to investigate plastic pollution off the coasts of Chile and Easter Island and within the South Pacific Gyre. They will be at sea between November 2016 and March 2017. Click here to join our crew!
Algalita bridges real-world science with real-time solutions to inspire teachers and students to find their place within the movement to combat plastic pollution in their own schools and communities.
Citizen science: large brown seaweeds
Marine scientists are calling on the public to help them get a better idea of the distribution of large brown seaweeds along New Zealand’s coast.
Brown seaweeds, including the familiar bull and bladder kelps and Neptune’s necklace, are an important part of the coastal ecosystem. They provide shelter for other species and buffer the coast from waves and erosion. But little is known about their distribution, and NIWA scientists have launched a NatureWatch citizen science project to encourage people to post images and GPS location data for their local beaches.
Marine biologist Roberta D’Archino says large brown seaweeds are disappearing from many sites throughout the world, but there is too little data to track their abundance along New Zealand’s coastline. Such a baseline is necessary to monitor any changes in the future for any of the 12 species of brown seaweeds found in New Zealand.
Kate Neill, who is also part of NIWA’s coast and ocean group, says large brown seaweeds are underrepresented in museum collections because it is difficult to preserve large specimens in a herbarium.
She says the distribution data is only one part of the project. The team also collects the seaweeds to culture them in the laboratory to test them under changing acidity, temperature, light and sedimentation conditions.
They are also developing a camera system to monitor changes in seaweed beds in the shallower waters along the coast. The research is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
You can hear more about New Zealand’s seaweeds in this Our Changing World story with NIWA’s Wendy Nelson.
Citizen Scientists Wanted to Monitor the NZ Shoreline
Visit www.mm2.net.nz to register and become a Citizen Scientist!
Free Marine Resources
Hauraki Gulf Forum Poster Series
The Hauraki Gulf Forum has produced a series of 3 free posters given away with the NZ Herald newspaper for the last 5 years. Back issues of posters from the last 5 years are available at: http://gulfjournal.org.nz/
Seaweek 2017 Posters and Certificates
Our stunning new Seaweek 2017 posters & children’s certificates are currently with our fabulous printer sponsor DSP Print Group Ltd getting printed and will be available from 1 Feb. Click here to find out how you can get hold of yours.
|Download and print our event poster template
by clicking on the image (left) for a JPG version
Seabird Identification Guide
It’s Sea Week, so here’s Forest & Bird’s new seabird guide, especially for fishers. Download it by clicking here.
The flyer features 15 of the most commonly seen (and caught) seabirds in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty regions. It includes tips on how to avoid catching seabirds when fishing and ways to safely release them if you do.
Would your organisation like extra copies to give away or distribute? If so, email the lovely Melissa at m.irace@forest&bird.org.nz to order your waterproof copies.
LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips
LEARNZ is a programme of free virtual field trips taking students to remote places all over New Zealand, Antarctica and beyond. Let us take you there!
LEARNZ marine reserves virtual field trip to Goat Island: A 2011 virtual field trip still accessible and relevant to support real sea week field trips or as a stand alone classroom experience.
LEARNZ Raoul Island virtual field trip: This 2012 virtual field trip was part of a Sir Peter Blake Expedition and travels aboard the HMNZS Canterbury all the way to the Kermadec Islands. The field trip explores what an ‘expedition’ is, sea life in the sub tropics, catching sharks, looking for whales and lots more!
LEARNZ Argo Floats virtual field trip to the Pacific Ocean (Tonga Trench): This 2014 VFT was aboard NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa to the Tonga Trench in the Pacific Ocean, to deploy deep Argo floats to explore the ocean down to 2,000m. The field trip explores the international Argo Float programme, the world’s oceans, properties of the sea, salinity, analysing data and lots more!
Creative Junk – Make your own Sea Creatures
The team at Creative Junk have created a special Pinterest Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/creativejunkchc/fish-sea-creatures/ with ideas on making sea creatures out of recycled junk specially for Seaweek!
Tāiko/black petrel education resource from DOC
This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.
Level: Year 5-8 (year 1-4 resource coming soon – register your interest).
Students are introduced to the tāiko/black petrel and then extend their learning inquiry to investigate and research gannets/tākapu, little blue penguins/kororā and red-billed gulls/tarāpunga.
The resource has been developed for year 5-8 primary teachers, with a New Zealand context.
It incorporates aspects of Te Ao Māori and addresses science, social science, English, mathematics and environmental education/ education for sustainability objectives from across the NZ Curriculum.
Water Safety Resource for Early Childhood from Watersafe Auckland
Fishing with Pāpā is a water safety education teaching resource for early childhood from Watersafe Auckland.
It features important water safety advice for both children and their caregivers, including:
- Active adult supervision (See Me Reach Me Hear Me); and
- Wearing a correctly fitting lifejacket when fishing off the rocks or wharf, and when in small boats.
You can download your copy of Fishing with Papa free from the Watersafe Auckland website.
The format is such that the pages can be can be printed and used as sequence pictures or they could be enlarged and the children write their own story.
Fishing with Papa has been produced in support of Seaweek 2016 ’Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas – Healthy People’.
For more information about this resource or other early childhood education matters please contact Aquatic Educator Lynley Stewart.
Albatross Moe Show Episode – Resource for Early Childhood
The Moe Show was filmed at the Royal Albatross Centre in Otago this year and this episode (Series 2, Episode 46) is now available on FOUR Kids website. It is a great introduction to the birds and will appeal to early childhood and young primary students.
A Visual Glossary of Ocean Terminology
Ocean conservation is essential but sometimes difficult to understand. The Pew Charitable Trusts joined forces with cartoonist Jim Toomey, the artist behind “Sherman’s Lagoon,” on 10 animated videos that explain the complicated concepts that guide efforts to protect our oceans.
Cawthron Institute Videos
The Cawthron Institute has a lot of fascinating resources online as videos, many of which are relevant to Seaweek:
- The Science Behind Toxic Algae
- Valuing Marine Ecosystems
- Plankton Planet – Taking the Pulse of our Oceans
- Ocean Acidification – What does it mean for Shellfish?
- Creating a Better Breed of Mussel
- Beating the Oyster Virus
Revive Our Gulf
Marine biologist Rebecca Barclay provides an overview of the Mussel Reef Restoration Trust’s key project – Revive Our Gulf in this video on the Science and Biotech Learning Hubs website. Rebecca gives us the history of the Hauraki Gulf and how Revive Our Gulf is working to restore some of the original ecosystems.
Science and Biotech Learning Hubs Professional Development Session for Seaweek 2016
Watch the video from this primary and secondary professional development session to find some resources for Seaweek using the Science Learning Hub. These sessions will help you to find your way around the Science Learning Hub while tracking down teaching content for Seaweek 2016: Tolora te Moana – Tolora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People.
Included will be our upcoming new story – Young Ocean Explorers, featuring Riley and Steve Hathaway. Their recent video series is supported by the book Love Our Ocean that was been sent out to every school in New Zealand.
Register at http://bit.ly/1PRhOUL
Link to the virtual Science Learning Hub Conference Room:https://webconference.waikato.ac.nz/nzsciencelearn
Science Learning Hub Primary Resources for Seaweek
With 75% of New Zealanders living within 10 km of the coast, marine science need not be limited to just 1 week. The Science Learning Hub has helpfully listed a sample of the Hub’s marine resources including a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials that they have grouped under possible teaching topics. Use the Related Content links on each page to get the full story. http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Primary-Science/Seaweek-resources
Download the NZAEE Seaweek logo here for a JPG version
Lab in a Box
Recently Genetics Otago and its partners, Otago Polytech, Otago Museum, the NZ Marine Studies Centre, Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Icon Logistics, received some government funding to develop a mobile science lab to help with STEM teaching in rural schools and communities. Starting in Term 4 this year, the aim is to visit schools with the laboratory, and work with students and teachers helping them discover how science works and what scientists do.
Initially Lab in a Box will be visiting primary, intermediate and area schools in South Canterbury, Westland, Otago and Southland. Ultimately, the aim is to run programmes with secondary schools as well, and to make it available across the whole of New Zealand.
The Director of Genetics Otago, Associate Professor Peter Dearden, says the project is an ambitious one and he is keen for others to come on board in order to ensure that Lab-in-a-box will be a success. If you like to register your interest you can email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Virtual Marine Reserve Experience from Experiencing Marine Reserves
Experiencing Marine Reserves – Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust have released a really cool app for your tablet or cellphone that allows you to visit a marine reserve without getting wet! Snorkel around a healthy site and an unhealthy one to see the incredible difference no-take marine reserves make to the biodiversity of our seas.
For more information and to download the app, click here:http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/education/virtual-marine-reserve-experience
Photograph the next King Tide
King Tides Auckland Initiative has developed a useful booklet to help you take awesome photos of the next king tide. Click on the link below to download and print the following “how to” booklet to capture an image of the next king tide: photo point “how to” booklet
Seafood New Zealand supports Seaweek
Join our fishermen, and see what lies beneath the surface at www.seafood.co.nz/seaweek
Mudflat Mysteries Educational Activity Book
Brand new resource from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. Available for download by clicking here.
KidzBooksNZ: Children’s books for Seaweek:
Marine Metre Squared Identification Help
If you’ve been using the Rocky Shore Guide or the Sandy and Muddy Shore Guide to do your Marine Metre Squared you will have found that they only cover a portion of what you might find… So the team at the NZ Marine Studies Centre have come up with an online guide that has more information on www.marinelife.ac.nz
The Auckland Museum App (New Zealand Marine Life) and the NZ Marine Studies Centre have also done a Pinterest board with useful ID Books (https://www.pinterest.com/marinemetre2/identification-of-nz-seashore-species/)
Introduction to Snorkeling
Northern NZ Sandy and Muddy Shore Guide
The NZ Marine Studies Centre provides this guide to what lives on our sandy and muddy shores. Complements the Rocky Shore Guide and perfect for doing Marine Metre Squared on beaches and estuaries. You can download an electronic copy here, or order hard copies by downloading and completing this form.
There are lots of free marine resources available for download from the NZ Marine Studies Centre website.
New Zealand Sea Lions: Free education resource for teachers
The New Zealand Sea Lion Trust are offering a FREE education resource package for primary, intermediate and scondary school teachers or youth group/interest leaders. Download your pack by clicking here.
The pack includes:
Resource book for teachers : The New Zealand Sea Lion, Whakahao – Welcoming back a native treasure
- designed to support the education programme on sea lions that is offered at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre at the University of Otago
- incorporates the big science concepts of conservation, sustainability, endangered species and food chains/webs and links to topics in the social sciences and maths curriculum
- provides background information, resource material, curriculum links, pre- and post-trip activity suggestions and a reference list
New Zealand Sea Lions DVD
- Return of the sea lions (24mins)
- Big and beautiful (5mins)
- Amelie and her Kaki (2mins)
- New Zealand Sea Lions face extinction: TV3 News, Jan 2012 (4mins)
- An overview of the current dangers posed to the New Zealand Sea Lion by the methods that the squid fishery currently use
Members of the Trust are also available to come to your school/youth or interest group to give a talk about the latest research and issues.
For more information or to order your free education resource package, please email email@example.com
To learn more about the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust, please visit www.sealiontrust.org.nz
Seabird Smart Fishing
Watch the video and download the Fish Seabird Smart recreational fishing card from Southern Seabird Solutions Trust to help you avoid and deter seabirds from getting caught on your gear, and what to do to release them unharmed if they do. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a laminated version for your tackle box.
Marine Metre Squared Project
An easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore. A new guide for soft shore sediments (mud and sand) is being developed and will be launched during Seaweek 2014 to complement the currently available Rocky Shore Guide. Visit mm2.net.nz to register and download all the resources you will need to do your own seashore surveys.
Oceans teaching resource
An exciting new resource for teachers on Oceans developed by Carol Brieseman can be downloaded here (3.4MB)
Download the free resources developed by the Science Learning Hub and NZ Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) to guide teachers through the marine content on the Science Learning Hub and links to field trips and resources from the NZMSC. Although designed for intermediate students the feedback we have had from teachers is that they would be useful at both primary and secondary level:
Educational units for teachers – While they have a Canterbury flavour to them, many of the ideas are generic and could be used throughout New Zealand. They are entitled: The Rocky Shore (2.3MB), Coastal Wetlands (1.7MB) and Coastal Dunes (1.1MB). Download by clicking on the links.
WaterSafe Auckland Inc’s Teacher Guide:
History and Traditions of the Sea – The sea is important for many people in New Zealand. However, over the years the uses and traditions have changed significantly. This guide looks at transport, fishing and the recent increase of recreational activities. Download it here. Plus more resources in the Teachers Toolbox.
Ministry of Primary Industries free teachers resources
Starfish (years 7-10) and Fish for Tomorrow (years 4-6) are free resources for teachers from the Ministry of Primary Industries to help students explore the role they can play in making sure there are fish for tomorrow. Download the factsheets for Starfish from the website at www.fish.govt.nz or email email@example.com for a DVD and resource pack.
Teaching resources and education for sustainability
Te Kete Ipurangi: Teaching resources and education for sustainability links and help. Check out the resources by going to the EFS kete, curriculum resources and tools and finding the Ministry of Education NCEA resources page, looking under Teaching Tools.
End of the Line movie
End of the Line: Information and activities related to Fish for the Future and the End of the Line movie.
LEARNZ: Interactive student experiences and a collection of New Zealand, contemporary digital resources for education.
Fairfax media resources
Fairfax Media Resources for Schools: including Marine and Environmental resources for students from Year 1 – 10.
Rocky Shore Activities Teaching Resources from the NZ Marine Studies Centre:
Free Rocky Shore Guide (North and South Island versions) designed to help identify the common plants and animals living on our rocky shores. Download free from the website at www.marine.ac.nz or order a set for your class by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or download the individual resources below:
Love Your Coast: Help to keep beaches rubbish-free, the way they should be. Learn more about the issue, find clean-ups near you, create your own events and share your results.
Marine Metre Squared Project: an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore.
Learn About and Adopt an Argo Data Float – Argo Floats are a very cool technology that measure temperature and salinity in our oceans. We need this information to help us with climate, weather, and ocean research. They are being used in the Southern Ocean on the Our Far South expedition. Argos are like Underwater Robots that float around at about 1000m (1 km) below sea level. They float here for 9 days, then sink down to about 2 kilometres of depth before they come up to the surface. On its way up, an Argo Float measures temperature and salinity through the water column. Once it’s on the surface, it transmits that data to a satellite and then repeats the process, sinks back down to a 1,000 metres and spends another 9 days drifting around. For more information about Argos and even ideas on how to adopt an Argo click here
Underwater Cleanups – Divers visit www.projectaware.org/cleanup to register a cleanup event and receive tools to help make your underwater cleanup a success.
Project AWARE Kids Conservation – Lead future generations and help children discover the exciting world of sharks, coral reefs, whales and more. Resources are available for free download including lesson guides and activity books at www.projectaware.org
Many more ideas and resources can be accessed through the Links page »