We have identified some conservation curriculum resources for teachers. Below are links to teaching unit plans across a number of learning levels.
Note: We’ve identified three NCEA courses about predator control that are available for secondary students in Northland.
One just for the teachers. DOC presents principles for effectively engaging children and young people with nature.
Learning resource for Years 4-8. This guide encourages children to discuss issues impacting native wildlife, to find evidence in their own environment, and to think of actions to protect it.
Inquiry unit for Levels: 1-4. This resource supports outdoor exploration of a local green space. Investigate the health of a local green space, and decide what conservation actions would improve the health of a local green space.
Unit for Levels: 1-4. Use this resource to learn about and develop connections to a local green space.
Experiencing birds in your green space
Inquiry unit for Levels 1-4. Gather and interpret data about birds living in your school grounds.
Inquiry unit for Levels 1-4. Gather and interpret data about invertebrates living in your school grounds.
Inquiry unit for Levels 1-4. Use this resource to experience native trees in your school grounds or another local green space.
Inquiry unit for Years 1-6, Levels 1-4. Use this resource to investigate animal pests in your school grounds and begin to understand their impact on the environment.
Inquiry unit for Levels: 1-4. This resource provides ideas and learning experiences to enhance the native and endemic biodiversity in your green space.
Inquiry unit for Levels: 1-4. Use this resource to plan and carry out successful environmental action, alongside your local community.
DOC have created professional learning webinars supporting the above resources with Science Learning Hub.
Inquiry unit for Levels: 1-4. Use this resource to learn about conservation dogs and their role in Predator Free 2050.
Unit for Levels: 3-4. Find out how the wētā evolved, why it’s threatened and how we are protecting this ancient insect.
This resource is supported by Meet the Locals episode Mahoenui wētā.
Inquiry unit that covers years 1-8. This classroom ready resource is broken into Junior and Senior levels and covers all aspects of the endangered whio / blue duck and how to help them.
Inquiry unit for Levels: 2-4. This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.
Unit for Levels: 3-4. Explore the features of some of our most endangered birds and the recovery programmes, techniques and technology that is helping them survive. This resource is supported by Meet the Locals episodes; Takahē , Takahē Release , Tiritiri Matangi , Meet the Kakapo , Saving the Kakapo, Black Robin , Kōkako, Kōkako Translocation, Toroa.
A classroom activity for Levels 1-4 to learn about one of New Zealand’s most endangered species.
Classroom activity for Levels: 2-4: This activity will introduce students to the concept of variety in nature.
Inquiry unit for Years 4-8, Levels 1-4. Using technology students will be able to take an active role in conservation.
A science unit plan for levels 3-4 based around the evolution of our native birds and various conservation methods.
Level 3 programme focusing on tūī and their importance in New Zealand. Developed by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust for Canterbury schools.
Level 2 programme focusing on morepork and their importance in New Zealand. Developed by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust for Canterbury schools.
A comprehensive environmental education teaching resource packed full of fun and educational activities aligned with Levels 1 – 4 of the New Zealand Curriculum
Year 10 ecology curriculum on Blue Penguins, teacher notes and lesson plans.
When the ‘possums’ go on a picnic, the ‘trees’ had better watch out. Which will you be in this action role-play game – a hungry possum or a slow-moving tree?
National Pest Control Agencies have developed a Teachers’ Booklet to assist with planning a unit of work based on possums and associated issues. The accompanying Students’ Booklet can be used as part of teacher planned study.
This toolkit provides a structured framework for scaffolding student thinking about an ethical issue. Before students attempt using the Ethics thinking toolkit, it is recommended that you explore the ethical issue and ethical thinking with your students to establish a foundation for informed decision making.
Ethics and bird conservation case study provides an example of introducing ethical thinking into the classroom to explore a controversial issue in science.
Check out our other resources in the schools section.