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Experiencing native trees in your green space (PDF, 20,200K)
Using this resource, students can:
- connect with and learn about widespread New Zealand native trees
- identify key native trees
- begin to understand how native plants and trees are part of a wider ecosystem.
Tree information sheets
- Kōwhai – Sophora microphylla (PDF, 978K)
- Cabbage tree / tī Kōuka – Cordyline australis (PDF, 921K)
- Mānuka / tea tree – Leptospermum scoparium (PDF, 717K)
- Lancewood / horoeka – Pseudopanax crassifolius (PDF, 664K)
- Māhoe / whitey-wood – Melicytus ramiflorus (PDF, 794K)
- Kōtukutuku / tree fuchsia – Fuchsia excorticata (PDF, 628K)
- Lemonwood / tarata – Pittosporum eugenioides (PDF, 819K)
- Patē (Patate) / seven finger – Schefflera digitata (PDF, 816K)
- Rātā (Northern and Southern) – Metrosideros robusta/ umbellate (PDF, 500K)
- Broadleaf / kapuka – Griselinea littoralis (PDF, 671K)
- Nīkau palm – Rhopalostylis sapida (PDF, 971K)
- Silver tree fern / ponga – Cyathea dealbata (PDF, 876K)
- Kahikatea – Dacrocarpus dacrydioides (PDF, 610K)
- Tōtara – Podocarpus totara (PDF, 808K)
- Rimu – Dacrydium cupressinum (PDF, 1,563K)
- Matai – Prumnopitus taxifolia (PDF, 899K)
Tree connection factsheets
Level 1-4 Science
Living World: Life Processes
- L1 & 2: Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive.
- L3 & 4: Recognise that there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways.
Planet Earth and Beyond: Earth systems
- L1 & 2: Explore and describe natural features and resources.
- L3 & 4: Appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil and life forms (e.g. trees) make up our planet and that these are Earth’s resources.
Nature of Science: Investigating in Science and Communicating in Science
- L 1-4: Extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions, and discussing simple models.
- L 1-4: Build their language and develop their understandings of the many ways the natural world can be represented.
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique evidence
- Interpret representations
- Engage with science
Minor curriculum links:
- Science: Living World: Evolution, Ecology
- Nature of Science: Understanding about science; Participating and contributing
- English: Listening, reading and viewing; Speaking, writing and presenting ideas
- Mathematics: Statistics.
- Introducing native trees in your green space - Using hands-on, outdoor learning experiences, students explore leaves and trees, encouraging interest and connection.
- Planning your investigation and learning about New Zealand trees - Students continue their learning inquiry, reflecting on knowledge and then ask questions about NZ trees and their connections.
- Identifying native trees in their environment- Gathering and reflecting on data. Students add to their knowledge, reflect on predictions and use and critique their evidence/ data about trees.
- Extending thinking about native trees - Explore Māori perspectives. Add to big picture knowledge about the green space and how trees influence the ecosystem.
- Sharing knowledge and taking the next steps- Students share their findings with the community and then take the next steps in exploring their green spaces.
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