Friday, April 12, 2013

Marae Resources

The rules of the Marae.  What children should and shouldn't do
The various parts of the Marae and what they mean.
Visual of the inside of the Marae.

Picture of marae with labelled parts

This link has resources, activities, tasks - Bingo, Flashcards etc - all related to visiting the Marae.

Literacy - Cloze activity

Friday, March 8, 2013

Teacher Resources

These sites have worksheets (reading comp etc) that may be helpful for reading, library times.

Life Cycles - Youtube videos
Life cycle of - frog, butterfly, ant, spider, bee
Great worksheets for the kids, cut and paste activities etc.




Invertebrate – snails
“Life cycle of a snail” chart in Middle Magic Planning

Do you know your birds?

Visit this website to find out about our birdlife

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Here is a useful link from the National Library.  It has lots of very clear classifications of what lives in the bush.

Friday, March 1, 2013

ABC of New Zealand

Watch this slide share and talk about the different animals and plants that you see.

Challenge! Can you and your learning partner think of an animal or plant living in NZ for each letter of the alphabet? Good luck :)

New Zealand is a unique environment at the

New Zealand is a unique environment at the bottom of the world.  We are very lucky to live here.
Watch this slideshow and discuss with your learning partner why New Zealand is so special.

Who lives in the bush?

Listen to the sounds of our native bush and try and decide - who lives here?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Parts of a plant - kids video

Bushmansfriend educational resources

Lifecycle of plants
Medicinal uses for NZ Native plants

Invertebrates of the Bush Floor
Invertebrates are animals without a backbone – generally
insects of various types. Invertebrates are a key part of healthy
native ecosystems, but are often overlooked. Different types
of invertebrates have important roles in keeping your bush
remnant functioning:
• decomposers break down wood and leaves on the forest
fl oor to release nutrients back to plants – for example,
ground weta

• pollinators – for example, fl ies, beetles, night-fl ying moths
and lizards
• herbivores feed on leaves, branches and twigs – for
example, stick insects and scale insects
• predators or parasites prey or feed on other invertebrates
– for example, native preying mantis
• prey – invertebrates are important sources of food for
native lizards and birds such as morepork, kingfi shers,
fantails and grey warblers.
To provide a healthy home for invertebrates,

Common species of cnimals found in forest litter

In the forest litter the most numerous animals are mites, caterpillars and grubs, springtails, litter hoppers, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes, beetles, and spiders.

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