ZEALANDIA has produced a series of worksheets for a unit ‘Where have all the takahē gone?’ The worksheets support senior biology and are specifically designed for learning towards Achievement Standard 91158 Investigate a pattern in an ecological community with supervision.
Many of the materials can be used as stand-alone resources for learning about takahē biology and conservation. Links to many of the other resources, including additional student thinking tools, can be found in the article Takahē – a context for learning or throughout this interactive planning pathway.
ZEALANDIA’s student worksheets:
- Biodiversity in New Zealand This worksheet supports students’ understanding of New Zealand's biodiversity. It highlights biological definitions, predator-prey relationships, flightlessness and the impact of humans.
- Takahē at ZEALANDIA This worksheet supports students when they visit ZEALANDIA to find out more about takahē. It also could be used when visiting any sanctuary that has takahē.
- Interrelationships in the Murchison Mountains community This worksheet explores concepts of population modelling by supporting students to interpret trends in predator/prey and population graphs.
- Takahē Recovery Plan 2007 to 2012 This worksheet helps students interpret information from the 2007–2012 Takahē Recovery Plan.
- The demography of takahē This worksheet uses the article Demography of takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri) in Fiordland: environmental factors and management affect survival and breeding success by Hegg et al. and the Stuff article Stoats decimating takahe in Fiordland to explore challenges faced by takahē.
- Stoats and takahē This worksheet uses information from the Stuff article Stoats decimating takahē in Fiordland, the map in Sightings of takahē in Fiordland (1987–2008) and the graphs in Takahē adult survival in the Murchison Mountains in both trapped and untrapped areas to look at interrelationships between stoats and takahē.
- Interspecific relationships impacting takahē This worksheet supports students to record and sort information about interspecific relationships impacting takahē.
- Takahē video review template This worksheet supports students to record and sort ideas while watching the video documentary Project Takahē.
- Milestone checkpoints for AS91158 A checklist and list of resources for students working towards AS91158.
- Final help sheet for AS91158 An in-depth help sheet with notes for students working towards AS91158.
- Resource dot jot sheets for evaluating research This is a generic worksheet for recording and evaluating information from sources like newspapers or websites.
- Evaluating data recording sheets This worksheet, looking at data, is for recording source information, explaining data and recording ideas from others.
Acknowledgement: Photo of takahē footprints in snow courtesy of Alison Ballance, Radio New Zealand