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  • Our March pānui highlights our latest content – from rubbish to fossils to free PLD on creating your own science week. We can help you boost science knowledge, capabilities and literacies for both primary and secondary students.

    Primary Science Week: 16–20 May 2022

    Primary Science Week is an annual event organised by the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators. This year’s theme is That’s so cool! Antarctica Science. The Hub has extensive resources on Antarctica – browse what is on offer or use the filters to narrow your search.

    If you are interested in running your own science week – on any topic and at any time of the year – then check out our upcoming PLD webinar: Get inspired about running Primary Science Week. We’ll share ideas and resources to get you connected with the science community, grow confidence and have a lot of fun!

    Date: 5 May 2022, 4:00–4:45 pm

    Register here

    Other PLD news

    Remember – the recorded webinar Science support at your fingertips has tips on how to navigate the Hub and make the best use of what we have to offer!

    The Ministry of Education’s current PLD priorities include local curriculum design and growing cultural capability, what does this mean for science? Explore this further in the Local curriculum, mātauranga and science webinar.

    Rocks, fossils and dating – new resources for secondary students

    Aotearoa New Zealand has been isolated for 80 million years. We have a unique geological timescale that can make it a challenge to date a rock or a rock layer. Using absolute dating methods is a new online activity – students use an interactive to learn about rock dating methods and then test their knowledge with a quiz. Extend the learning with our fossil correlation activity. It uses real data from Mangahouanga, a location made famous by paleontologist Joan Wiffen.

    Both activities come with wrap-around science articles and are ideal for practising science and English literacies.

    Building Science Concepts: Rubbish – new resources for primary students

    Our latest Building Science Concepts update uses the context of rubbish (rāpihi) to assist learning about the chemical and physical properties of materials, and methods of classification. Supporting resources (Kuputaka Māori mo para, Physical properties of rubbish and Waste classification) are in downloadable Word format so you can adapt them for student needs. Challenge students to explore the properties of plastic and glass and to take simple actions to solve environmental problems and create change.

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    Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao

    Published 28 March 2022, Updated 29 March 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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