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Summary Page: NZ Garden Bird Survey: who's in your backyard?
Term 2 starting 28 June 2016.

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On this virtual field trip your students will become citizen scientists! They will join thousands of other citizen scientists all over New Zealand as they take part in the annual NZ Garden Bird Survey. They will see students from other urban and rural schools do the survey and make comparisons with what they see at school and at home. By going on this trip your students will learn how important birds are as indicators of the health of New Zealand's environment, in both the physical and social sense, and learn how to take appropriate action where species are declining. This LEARNZ trip has all the elements for an exciting literacy programme embedded with the nature of science and social science!

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

  • The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey
  • Identifying native and introduced birds
  • Exploring the ecological and cultural significance of birds and their names
  • Collecting bird data
  • Using online tools to load, explore and interpret bird data
  • Discovering how bird populations can change and what can cause this
  • Working with science and maths data

During this field trip you will:

  • Go with students from an urban Christchurch school on the NZ Garden Bird Survey
  • Join students from a rural Banks Peninsula school on the NZ Garden Bird Survey
  • Identify birds by their physical features
  • Identify birds by their behaviour
  • Learn about the cultural history of birds and their names
  • Compare survey results past and present
  • Compare survey results in different places
  • Get rapid feedback on your data
  • Use a new online tool to customise and visualise results
  • Get to know scientists and other experts
  • Learn how to provide food sources for birds and find out why this is important
  • Explore a healthy garden that has good food sources for birds
  • Find out about what the NZ Garden Bird Survey means for other New Zealanders
  • Use NatureWatch (iNaturalist) to record bird sightings. More about using NatureWatch in education.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Introduce friends and whanau to the NZ Garden Bird Survey
  • Use social media to encourage others to do the NZ Garden Bird Survey
  • Provide better food sources and habitats for birds in your garden and beyond
  • Ask people in your community what they have learned from doing the NZ Garden Bird Survey and why they like taking part
  • Find out more about Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua
  • Download the NatureWatch (iNaturalist) app to record your observations of birds and other living things
  • Learn more about the cultural significance of New Zealand's birds and their names

Where you will go

Fly to Christchurch. Go with scientists to an urban Christchurch school (tba) and a rural Banks Peninsula school (tba) to do the NZ Garden Bird Survey with students. Visit gardens where people are taking action to help garden birds.

Teacher comments

"Fitted in very well with our Term School focus of Kaitiaki and Science focus of Living World. Preparing for the audio conference extended our students thinking and created a whole new level of class discussions and understanding." Richard Kerr from Avondale Intermediate

"I feel it covered all areas of the key competencies - I used it to foster new learning relationships within our class, and it was an excellent tool to draw out my innovative thinkers. Due to the video nature of this field trip, the students were very engaged." Kathryn Rayson from Brooklyn School Motueka

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8

  • 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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adaptations, adaptations of birds, bellbird, birds, birdwatching, citizen science, citizenship, community involvement, data, data visualisation, environmental action, environmental education, Garden Bird Survey, identification, identity, interpreting, Landcare Research, native birds, recording, results, science, survey