In the Botanic Gardens and Halswell Quarry Park, students investigate how and why New Zealand biodiversity has changed over time.
Students explore scientific terms around the origin status of our biodiversity, identify native trees and plants, and become a flock of migratory birds to consider the challenges facing the sustainability of natural habitats.
|Year level||5 to 8|
|Curriculum level||2 to 4|
|Availability||All year round|
|Times||9.30am to midday or 12.15pm to 2.30pm|
|Site||Christchurch Botanic Gardens or Halswell Quarry Park|
|Number of Students||Maximum of 35|
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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.
Students may be able to:
|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||
"Excellent clear instructions. Enthusiastic team teaching in place. Great combination of hands-on and teacher-directed/student-directed activities" – Teacher, Year 8