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Summary Page: Kererū Count - kaitiakitanga in action
Term 3 starting 30 August 2016.



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Did you know that kererū (native wood pigeon) are essential to New Zealand's native biodiversity? They are the only birds that can disperse big seeds of many of our native trees like miro, tawa, taraire, and nīkau which enables them to survive. So kererū have an important role to play in sustainability. Although the disappearance of these birds could be a disaster for the regeneration of our native forests, on this field trip you will find plenty of good news stories of people working effectively to increase the population of kererū. This field trip is also supported by The Tindall Foundation.

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

  • The Great Kererū Count
  • Identifying kererū
  • Kererū lifecycle and habitat
  • Threats to kererū
  • Protecting kererū in both rural and urban environments
  • Restoring habitat for kererū
  • Exploring the ecological and cultural significance of kererū
  • Research and the Great Kererū Count
  • Comparing kererū Count results from previous years
  • Collecting data about kererū
  • Changes in the kererū population
  • Citizenship and citizen science for our Living World.

During this field trip you will:

  • Go with students from a Wellington school on a field trip to find kererū
  • Visit a Wellington school which has its own restoration, trapping and planting project for kererū
  • Join students from a Wellington school as they get ready for the Great Kererū Count
  • Explore a case study in Nelson about kererū as part of the Nelson Nature programme
  • Identify kererū by their physical features and behaviours
  • Learn about the cultural history and significance of kererū
  • Get to know scientists and other experts about kererū, like zoologists, botanists, and ecologists
  • Learn how to provide food sources for kererū and find out why this is important
  • Compare a healthy habitat for kererū with a not-so-good habitat
  • Find out about what the Great Kererū Count means for all New Zealanders
  • Use NatureWatch (iNaturalist) to record kererū sightings. More about using NatureWatch in education.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Introduce friends and whānau to the Great Kererū Count
  • Use social media to encourage others to do the actual Great Kererū Count, 16-25 September
  • Ask people in your community for their recollections about kererū
  • Download the NatureWatch (iNaturalist) app to record your observations of other living things in the wild, as well as kererū
  • Learn more about the cultural significance of kererū and other New Zealand native species
  • Provide better food sources and habitats for kererū in your school or neighbourhood
  • Take action with your community to remove threats to kererū from your school or neighbourhood.

Teacher comments

"The children learned lots and looked forward each day to seeing and hearing what had happened - kind of like the next chapter in a book! The trip was really well planned and organised and supported the children through the inquiry process fabulously. It ticked all the boxes and more. Thanks." Lesley Johnston from Firth School

"Students love these virtual field trips which provide for different levels of learning at the same time. We asked questions, did shared and independent reading, did shared and independent topic writing, art, technology, poetry and incorporated measurement and map work into this study topic." Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

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Where you will go

Fly to Wellington. Go with scientists to a Wellington school as you follow what students and their communities are doing to help kererū. Visit a wildlife sanctuary to see kererū up close.

Learning Areas/Levels

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

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

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  • 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

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations, adaptations of birds, adaptations of plants, biodiversity, birds, birdwatching, citizenship, community involvement, conservation, data, ecology, ecosystems, endemic, environment, environmental education, food webs, forest, forest habitat, habitat, human impacts, kererū, life cycle, native birds, native plants, native species, plants, population, restoration, science, scientific research, survey, sustainability, taonga, The Great Kererū Count, Wellington

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