Native biodiversity, native and introduced species, extinction, habitat, human impact, sustainability.
At the Botanic Gardens or Halswell Quarry Park, students explore the meaning of biodiversity and look at a timeline showing New Zealand's extinct, introduced and threatened species.
They will visit the native forest in the gardens to explore the different ways in which people value our native plants and animals. They will play a game to show the consequences of habitat destruction with the opportunity to discover what they can do to prevent the loss of more native plants and animals.
Possible success criteria
Students may be able to:
- explain the terms biodiversity, native, introduced, endemic, threatened and extinct
- understand the human impacts upon native biodiversity
- name a selection of native plants
- identify actions that they can take to preserve native biodiversity
- create their own artwork depicting their thoughts on native biodiversity
- explain the different ways in which people value native biodiversity.
- Using language, symbols, and texts – students use written, oral and visual texts to explore definitions of the origin and life status of creatures living in New Zealand.
- Thinking – students use creative, critical and metacognitive processes to consider the consequences and real-life meanings of the information they have explored regarding the creatures who once lived and continue to live in New Zealand.
- Relating to others – students are expected to maintain effective interactions with their peers in a range of contexts offered through a variety of activities.
|Learning areas||Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||2 to 5||
|Science||Living world||2 to 5||
|Health and physical education||Personal health and physical development||3 to 5||