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The Polar Habitat

Levels 1 and 2

NZC Achievement Objectives
Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa
  • The Biological Environment: Develop understanding that a living thing has characteristics which help it survive in its habitat.

  • Te Taiao: Ka mārama haere ki ngā āhuatanga o ia mea oreore e rite ana kia whai oranga ai ia i tōna ake wāhi noho.

Learning Intentions
Integration Ideas

Learning Intentions are from the Ministry of Education

Integration ideas are from the Ministry of Education

Levels 1 and 2

  • Explore and investigate the responses of plants or animals, including people, to environmental changes in an arctic habitat.

  • Social Sciences: Why particular places are important for people eg. Special places in the natural or cultural environment.

  • Social Sciences: How and why people describe places and environments in different ways eg. What place names reveal about environments

  • The Arts (Drama): Establish an imaginary space, such as a forest, island, or cave, as the setting for dramatic play.

  • The Arts (Visual Arts): Talk about objects and images found in their own environment

  • English (Reading and Viewing): Observe signs and symbols used to identify environmental features and discuss the way in which visual signs convey their meaning.

  • English (Writing and Presenting): Collect an item from the natural environment, describe it orally using all the senses, and record observations and personal responses in writing.

  • English (Oral Language): View a wordless text, such as a painting of the environment or kowhaiwhai, interpret what it means and act out a text. 

  • Mathematics and Statistics (Number and Algebra): Find examples of patterns in the natural environment which demonstrate that some patterns continue without end.

  • Mathematics and Statistics (Geometry and Measurement): Explore a variety of shapes and objects found in nature by touching, observing, and talking about them.

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