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Summary Page: Kauri dieback - the spread and management of disease
Term 2 starting 8 May 2018.



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We've all had a cold. Most of us have had the flu. How did we get it? Where did it come from? How is it spread? We need to know answers to these questions to stay healthy, especially during winter.

But have you ever thought about how other animals and even plants stay healthy?

Kauri dieback is a disease, a bit like the 'flu, that kills kauri. It spreads from tree to tree and at the moment there is no cure. Research so far has discovered how it spreads; in the soil ... slowly. Spreading infected soil the size of a pinhead is enough for kauri dieback to take hold in a kauri tree. It sounds grim, and it is a serious problem, but people can help by following steps similar to those used to stop germs spreading amongst humans.

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

  • Kauri, an ancient and mighty rain forest tree and a taonga of New Zealand
  • The importance of kauri to Māori
  • Past and present uses of kauri
  • Why kauri forests have the highest biodiversity of any forest
  • What and where is kauri dieback?
  • How kauri dieback is like the 'flu and other infectious human diseases
  • The difference between endemic, epidemic and pandemic diseases
  • How we can stop the spread of kauri dieback

During this field trip you will:

  • Travel to Auckland and Northland
  • Fly over a healthy and infected kauri forests
  • Get to know kauri forests, what grows and lives in them
  • Meet scientists who have discovered what kauri dieback is and how it spreads
  • Meet people in the community who are playing their part to prevent further spread of kauri dieback
  • See simple things you can do to prevent the spread of soil-borne disease, kauri dieback
  • Find out how clever design of signs can help us communicate
  • Get links to kauri dieback information on social media and the World Wide Web
  • Meet biosecurity experts who are learning about the causes of kauri dieback
  • Work along field workers who take soil samples and do analysis to detect the disease
  • Meet scientists and iwi who are researching the knowledge and ways for managing kauri dieback
  • Learn what you can do to help kauri and fight kauri dieback

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • tell others about kauri dieback
  • keep up to date with kauri dieback on social media such as twitter.com/KauriRescue
  • remember and follow the rules in kauri forests

Where you will go

You will be based in the Northland and Auckland regions. The problem of kauri dieback is now so serious that some forests in the Auckland area are now closed to the public; quarantined! Some kauri forests are strong and healthy but others are affected by kauri dieback disease and have dead and dying trees. Stopping it spreading or at least slowing down the spread of kauri dieback will hopefully help buy enough time to allow scientists to find a cure. You will have special permission to enter kauri forests with researchers but you will have to strictly follow the rules as you investigate this disease. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"Ties in so well with the guiding principles - Education for sustainability, Treaty of Waitangi etc. My Year 4 children were engaged and able to relate this field trip to our term concept of Turangawaewae. Content interesting and informative. Well presented as usual by Andrew with passion. Children with different learning styles are well catered for and my special needs children are also keen to engage in this type of online learning." Lynn Douglas from St Francis Xavier Catholic School Whangerei

"This was a brilliant trip for my class. They gained a sense of guardianship responsibility for kauri. The videos were absolutely wonderful and students loved reading the diary entries also. The field trip enabled me to transport my students to a distant place, at no cost, in order to show them first hand some real NZ based learning. Students feel they know Andrew and Egbert and are keen to do more trips." Brigitte Glasson from Westburn School

"It is visual, relevant, easy to access, and makes good use of technology to be virtually there. Very relevant and topical in Northland." Denise Hadwin from Paihia School

Go to more comments from teachers about previous Kauri field trips

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change 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 of plants, biodiversity, community involvement, conservation, early settlers, ecology, ecosystems, environment, environmental action, environmental education, environmental impacts, future focus, human impacts, kauri, life cycle, local iwi, managing resources, Māori, native species, perspectives, pests, plant biology, plants, protected environments, publicity, restoration, sustainability, threatened species, values, viewpoints

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