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Summary Page: Sustainable Wai - Exploring Taupō Freshwater Fishery
Term 4 starting 30 October 2018.



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Fresh water is essential to life. On this trip you will see how quality freshwater drives a significant part of the local economy around Lake Taupō. Go whitewater rafting and fly-fishing with us and find out. Fresh water is highly valued by local citizens and these values inform the district plan which specifies how water and land are used.

Follow the scientists and rangers as they go about their daily work, doing their bit to ensure the local waterways are sustainable. This trip fits well with big ideas like water, communities, food webs, environments, bugs, land use, rivers and lakes, recreation and special places. This is a highly motivating and fun trip.

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

  • the water cycle
  • freshwater and freshwater quality
  • life cycle of trout and invertebrates
  • the strong cultural and historical links that Māori have with water
  • Lake Taupō lake, river and stream ecosystems
  • the threats to freshwater ecosystems
  • wai tourism such as fishing and rafting
  • managing the Taupō fishery

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • go rafting on the Tongariro River
  • meet DOC rangers and scientists
  • explore the Taupō fishery
  • use light penetration to measure water clarity and count invertebrates to determine the water quality of Tongaririo River
  • sample and analyse fish to check their health at a remote fish trap
  • go on a drift-dive, floating down a local river counting trout
  • go fly fishing and find out why people love it and pay for the experience
  • follow local students who are volunteers and budding science communicators
  • use technology to help local rangers do their work
  • visit some of our rarely seen native freshwater fish
  • find our what "striking the balance" means for people around Lake Taupō
  • determine what sustainability means for people around Lake Taupō

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • determine what sustainability means for you in your region
  • assess the health of a waterway near you
  • find out about your community groups taking action for freshwater
  • investigate study options and careers in
    • recreation
    • water
    • conservation

Where you will go

You are travelling to Tūrangi 'trout fishing capital of the world', in the central North Island, on the southern shores of Lake Taupō. Here are some of the country's most pristine freshwater environments.

You will explore the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Tūrangi which plays an important role in raising awareness of the importance of freshwater conservation and the need to create a sustainable fishery resource. The Centre has a freshwater aquarium, where you will see native fish and crustaceans, together with trout and pest fish.

The Tongariro River flows off Mt Ruapehu past the Centre and into Lake Taupō. It is New Zealand's most fished river and is regarded as one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"We are planting our local waterway so this field trip helped the students understand why and how and where and when. "Wai Care?" was our focus for the term - used this field trip extensively." Julie Sturch from Havelock North Intermediate

"We particularly enjoy the videos and questions, as they are effective at any time. Followed on from our water study and reinforced our learning around water ecosystems. The field trips have relevance even when they don't exactly fit a planned topic. I am hooked!" Maureen Robertson from Verran Primary School

"LEARNZ field trips are resource rich and they are scaffolded really well. Layer upon layer of information goes on and children pick up knowledge directly and through class discussion. This field trip has motivated me to come back for more." Jan Thompson from Banks Avenue School

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Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4, Geometry and Measurement Levels 2-4; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology 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 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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Inquiry Topics: adaptations, Bay of Plenty, changing values, citizenship, community involvement, data gathering, environmental impacts, fish, fisheries, food webs, fresh water environments, future focus, government, habitat, human impacts, innovation, insects, invertebrates, lakes, land management, land use, life cycle, local iwi, managing resources, marketing, modelling, monitoring change, native species, people and the environment, perspectives, publicity, risk management, risks, rivers, scientific research, social and environmental impacts, statistics, survey, sustainability, Taupō, technological change, technological innovation, technology, tourism, trout, values, viewpoints, water, water cycle, water quality

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