The rocky shore is a popular topic in primary school science. Below are some Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to the rocky shore in the Living World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum that might be helpful.
Investigating life in the sea
After reading the introductory article, check out some of the creatures you can find on the rocky shore.
Cockles – Article
Sea stars – Article
Mussels – Article
Build a marine food web – Activity
The noisy reef
After reading the introductory article, check out what lives on the reef - and makes noise!
Noisy kina – Article
Crabs finding home – Article
Home for a crab – Interactive
Explore the various survey methods used by students, scientists and iwi in the Reef Life project in this Connected article.
During 2009, several dogs died on Narrow Neck and Cheltenham beaches in Auckland. What killed them? Was it something from the rocky shore? Could it hurt humans, too? Find out more in the introductory article.
Kaimoana in the Hauraki Gulf – Article
Sea slugs and TTX – Article
Solving the dog death mystery – Article
Toxins and food webs – Article
Grey side-gilled sea slugs – Article
Monitoring shellfish – Article
Tracking toxins – Activity
Collaboration – Video
Testing for toxins in kaimoana – Video
The harbour is a precious place for all things marine, and [obtaining] more information about what is in it or going into it is important to protect it.Alice Morrison
Where land meets sea – the Rena disaster
New Zealand is surrounded by sea. Our coastlines and marine resources need care and protection. What happens when disaster strikes? The introductory article follows and its clean up.
Habitats in the Bay of Plenty – Article
Biodiversity in the Bay of Plenty – Article
Iwi and kaimoana – Article
Where do I live? – Activity
Introducing biodiversity – Activity
Rapid response to the Rena – Video
Students and scientists teamed up to monitor Otago Harbour as part of their citizen science initiative:
Making and using a quadrat – Activity