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Term 1 starting 17 March 2020.



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150 years of Global Temperature Change

2018 was the fourth warmest year on record,
part of a decades-long warming trend. Map animation: NASA

In March 2020 we're inviting you to join an expedition of discovery to find out what climate change is all about.

Most people are concerned about what's happening to our planet and we want to get the facts right from the people who really know. More importantly we want to know what we can do as individuals, as families and schools to turn things around.

On this expedition you're going to become a climate scientist. Part of your mission is to build your own story using some easy to use tech tools. This will be an empowering and fun opportunity to become part of the solution to climate change.

Parents and Teachers Note: Climate change can be a difficult topic for students and teachers. We will aim to keep the science simple and to emphasise responses to climate change.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • the difference between climate and weather
  • the Carbon Cycle and the importance of carbon
  • greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere that trap heat, including:
    • carbon dioxide
    • water vapour
    • methane
    • carbon monoxide
    • ozone
    • nitrous oxide
    • sulphur dioxide
  • using StoryMaps, a free tool supporting live maps
  • how we know our climate is changing
  • the role of the Earth's oceans in climate change

During the field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teachery
  • meet experts from organisations that are adding to our understanding of climate change, such as IPCC, NIWA, LINZ, NZ Space Agency, WRC and other Regional Councils
  • find out how satellites help us understand weather and climate
  • create live climate maps using real world data
  • become informed about the likely effects of climate change on Aotearoa
  • learn about responses to climate change
    • individual action such as GEN LESS
    • what's happening in your region
    • Carbon-neutral Aotearoa by 2050?
    • International efforts

After the field trip:

  • Talk about Climate Change at home
  • Watch movies about Climate Change, such as "2040: Join the Regeneration" - watch the trailer
  • Visit your Regional Council's website to find out their response to Climate Change
  • Find out what our government is doing about Climate Change
  • Identify one action you can take that could help reduce the effects of Climate Change
  • Help someone to take action that could help reduce the effects of Climate Change
  • Use a digital tool such as StoryMaps to create a mapping project that records your learning about Climate Change, share it, and enter it into the competition to win a USB Carbon Dioxide Air Quality Monitor for your school.

Teachers, in relation to this field trip find out more from CORE Ten Trends.

The LEARNZ Team think that joining NZASE and staying connected through NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

Teacher comments

"This trip gave different students a chance to shine and it linked strongly to cultural competencies. LEARNZ helps me link my teaching to what is actually going on for us in New Zealand, and keeps lessons and unit plans real". Katherine Smeaton from Waimata School

"It was great that our students had access to real people; students from other schools and experts. We were most interested in the pepeha sections but used the web conferences (live and replay), videos, and the activities on the web site". Jean Waretini-Paul from Mercury Bay Area School.

"It was great. They loved learning about GPS and GIS as it was something the students hadn't done before. It covered a wide variety of subjects". Tracy Cappel from St Helier's School.

Go to more comments about similar field trips.

Where you will go

Travel to Wellington, our capital city and the home of many government agencies and organisations, each with its own story about what it is doing about Climate Change.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-5; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4, Geometry and Measurement Levels 2-4; Science: Nature of Science Levels 2-5, Living World Levels 2-4, Physical World Levels 2-4, Material World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4, Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology: Nature of Technology Levels 2-4, Technological Knowledge Levels 2-4, Technological Practice Levels 2-4

  • 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 daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, live tweets on twitter, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences on our enterprise-level Zoom platform scales to enable multiple teachers to manage 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 school assembly or 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 some of over 1,000 teacher comments in testimonials. 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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Inquiry Topics: carbon, carbon cycle, changing values, citizenship, climate, climate change, coast, data, data gathering, data visualisation, earth cycles, earth processes, earth science, emissions, energy, environment, future focus, GIS, government, GPS, hauora, human impacts, interactive maps, maps, oceans, satellite, scientific research, story telling, viewpoints, weather

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