Mātauranga and Science
The New Zealand Science Review journal has published a special issue featuring Mātauranga and Science. Here is a link to the issue.
Equity in learning
Two activities that support students to think about sustainable fishing practices. The first activity helps students interpreting the Best Fish Guide and the second activity requires students to justify the position of fish species in the Best Fish Guide by using evidence. There are Word and PDF copies of the activities because PDF files are better for printing a required format and Word files give you the opportunity to adjust resources for new contexts. These two activities were created using a resource from the Forest and Bird website. https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/campaigns/best-fish-guide (Blue cod at Hororangi Reserve. Credit: Anna Barnett)
Whats-the-authors-purpose-v2.pdf (you might like to print 2 on 1 page so you get A5 copies of these sheets)
Best-fish-use-evidence-task-sheet3.pdf (you might like to print 2 on 1 page so you get A5 copies of these sheets)
The draft NCEA Level 1 Science achievement standards and the supporting documentation is now available for you all to digest and discuss. On the website is also a survey for your feedback after you've had a chance to process all the information. https://consultation.education.govt.nz/ncea/sector-feedback-science/
This WORKSAFE media release What New Zealanders don’t know about cancer is a good conversation starter for you and your science teaching/technician colleagues. We encourage you to read the media release. You might also like to share the attached document which looks at what makes some substances hazardous, and how these substances might enter the body.
The Science Learning Hub has an awesome and growing collection of resources that support the use of te reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori in science. Check out these links:
We found a really good interactive on the Stuff website today and worked
together to put together a task for students - one in which they "become the
teachers" and design an activity for their classmates to engage in. We've
aimed it at students in yrs 9-11, with some suggestions about how to adapt
it to younger, or older students.
Please feel free to share this activity with your colleagues. We'd love to
hear how it goes - what works, what you tweaked, how the students found it
If you'd like an editable word version of the task please contact us.
Ngā mihi nui
Carmen & Sabina