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Term 1 starting 9 April 2013.



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Teachers - how about we host your students on a guided trip to learn from the Canterbury experience, from the safety of your classroom! You can come too! This trip fits well with big ideas like hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand. An important trip not to be missed. Enrol.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • the earth's crust and plate tectonics
  • why and how earthquakes occur
  • New Zealand and Canterbury's vulnerability to earthquakes
  • what was special about the sequence of Canterbury earthquakes; the Greendale and Port Hills faults
  • preparing for natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslips and tsunamis
  • New Zealand's Earthquake Commission (EQC)
  • natural hazard preparedness and emergency plans
During the field trip you will
  • find out what's happening 2 years on from the main Canterbury earthquakes
  • meet engineers, scientists and people involved in trying to understand natural hazards and how we cope with them
  • visit places where earthquakes ripped the land apart and talk to people who experienced the shaking and destruction
  • explore how buildings reacted to the earthquakes and what we have learnt about building design
  • discover people's responses to the earthquakes at school and at home and what we have learnt about being earthquake prepared
  • design a model to cope with natural hazard risks
  • explore the risks of natural hazards and find ways to plan for them

Where you will go

On this trip you will return to the site of the Canterbury earthquakes to find out what has changed more than two years after this disaster. Because New Zealand lies across a plate boundary, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are relatively common. Historic records show that on average, New Zealand can expect several magnitude 6 earthquakes every year, one magnitude 7 every 10 years, and a magnitude 8 every century. Discover the lessons that have been learnt from the Canterbury earthquake sequence and find out how you can prepare for, cope with and recover from earthquakes. See the impacts of the earthquakes in and around Christchurch and how the severe shaking has changed New Zealand's second largest city. The February 2011 earthquake was a globally significant event. The proximity of the earthquake epicentre to Christchurch resulted in abrupt, violent shaking which damaged land and buildings. Hundreds of people died. Meet geological and engineering experts to investigate why some areas were affected more than others and how buildings can be designed to better withstand earthquakes. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5, Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Level 4

More Curriculum

Has support material for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as Science 1.16: Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event (in particular AS90955 - Assessment Resource 1.16B When Christchurch Shook); ESS 2.3: Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality; ESS 2.5: Demonstrate understanding of extreme Earth events; ESS 2.7: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System; ESS 3.3: Demonstrate understanding of the evidence relating to geological events; Science 3.5: Describe geological processes affecting New Zealand. Geography AS91007 1.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s). AS91012 1.6 Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. AS91240 2.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment. AS91245 2.6 Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. AS90701 3.1 Analyse natural processes in the context of a geographic environment. AS90706 3.6 Analyse a contemporary geographic issue and evaluate courses of action. Social Studies AO Level 4 Understand that events have causes and effects. This field trip has material suitable for use with a Social Studies "Disaster" topic.

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Shelley, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Inquiry Topics: Canterbury, disasters, earthquake research, earthquakes, emergency management, faults, future focus, geographic issue, geohazards, geology, geomorphology, hazards, innovation, liquefaction, planning for earthquakes, plate tectonics, risk management, seismic monitoring, sustainability

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