Link to the EarthWatchers appliction. It is an awesome application and organisation that allows students to get involved with monitoring forests for possible deforestation. Using the latest satellite technology, students can zoom in on land, check for new roads or land disturbance. This information can then be published via social media, discussed with other Earthwatchers and is also used to help local authorities locate illegal logging. It is quite a complex tool to use but would be great for Year 7-8 or for extending Year 5-6 students. Could be a very meaningful way for students to get involved in meaningful knowledge creation as an outcome or part of a Living World/Planet Earth and Beyond investigation of the cause and effect of deforestation.
The Otago aquarium website has some fantastic interactive activities for science lessons related to the ocean and ocean dwelling creatures. Videos, creature guides and interactive activities for students.
Awesome ideas on running a sustainable housing challenge for children. This could link well with a science inquiry into the types of recycled or natural materials that work well for insulation, waterproofing ect.
Love this resource!Explore the tools scientists have used to investigate ocean life in the Otago harbour over the last 100 years. Links to technology. Virtual exploration of the sea bed (drive your own sea sub and see how many species you can identify), activities that teach about the types of species found on the sea floor, and explanation of the way scientists use the data they find through testing like this.
A waste audit could be a fantastic motivator to begin an integrated Science and Social Sciences unit. This could lead to a discussion about the reasons people chose to throw out so much rubbish and our attitudes toward our God-given resources. This would link with an exploration of the Living World strand to find what living creatures or processes such as worm farming or composting could help to reduce the waste.
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