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  • Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and includes a wide range of events, activities, competitions and opportunities for action. It usually runs for a week from the end of February – early March.

    Find out more about this year's event Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2023.

    With 75% of New Zealanders living within 10 km of the coast, marine science need not be limited to just 1 week, marine contexts can link to many different science concepts. This resource provides a sample of the Hub's marine resources. Use the Related topics & Concepts tab at the top of a page to find an even wider variety of teaching resources.

    Below is a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials that we have grouped under possible teaching topics.

    Healthy Seas – Healthy People



    Human impacts on the sea




    Citizen science project: Marine Metre Squared

    Habitats and ecosystems


    Interactive: Marine ecosystem


    Mātauranga Māori and the moana



    Sea creatures


    The ocean’s chemical and physical processes



    The ocean and climate change


    Student activity: Ocean acidification and eggshells

    Ecosystem services

    Mussels includes the videos: Revive our Gulf and Mussels filtering water



    Department of Conservation marine infographics

    The Department of Conservation and the Science Learning Hub have collaborated to create a series of interactives that feature many of DOC’s marine infographics.

    Building Science Concepts

    Building Science Concepts: Life between the tides is a partial replication of Building Science Concepts Book 21:

    Building Science Concepts: Tidal communities is a partial replication of Building Science Concepts Book 22:

    Teacher support materials

    Join our discussion about marine education and Seaweek – register in our online discussion forum on Slack.

    Online professional development

    Are you planning for Seaweek or a marine topic? We have it covered in our recorded professional development webinars:

    Unit plans

    Topic planners: Marine resources – food webs, adaptation, marine habitats, marine biodiversity.

    Education research and classroom experiences


    Literacy links

    These Connected articles provide a brief synopsis of the original jounal article, associated teacher support material and links to the digital resources on TKI. They also provide a wealth of related Hub content and activity ideas – wrap-around resources to deepen or extend student thinking and learning, practise content vocabulary or prompt inquiry.

    Citizen science

    Using online citizen science opportunities as a way to deepen student learning and engagement is easier than you think.

    Useful links

    Visit the Seaweek website to find local events, competitions and more.

    Visit one or more of the Hub’s Pinterest boards below for more resources:

      Published 4 February 2016, Updated 30 June 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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