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Summary Page: Marine Mammals - Are we loving terehu too much?
Term 1 starting 28 February 2017.



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A 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trip.

Did you know that we are loving our terehu (bottlenose dolphin) too much? Dolphin-watching and swimming with the dolphins is an important part of New Zealand's local and regional economy. Many people are attracted to the Bay of Islands to see them. But only one in four of the Bay's terehu calves make it to adulthood and there are now fewer than 100 terehu visiting the Bay of Islands on a regular basis.

How can we protect these amazing animals and keep them in the Bay? On this field trip during SeaWeek, you will find out about terehu and other marine mammals (kekeno - NZ fur seal, maki - orca, and ika moana - whale).

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

  • The marine ecosystem and marine life
  • Marine mammals
  • New Zealand marine mammals in the Bay of Islands
  • The ecological and cultural significance of our marine mammals
  • The English, Māori and scientific names of our marine mammals
  • Dolphins, especially terehu
  • Seals, especially kekeno
  • Orca / maki
  • Whales / ika moana
  • SeaWeek, New Zealand's annual national week about the sea
  • Eco-tourism and slow tourism
  • Citizen science and recording encounters with living things in the wild
  • Research about marine mammals

During this field trip you will (subject to weather):

  • Sail on a dolphin-watching catamaran, to see seals, dolphins, and maybe orca
  • Play dolphin awareness-raising games by the sea with local school students
  • Work with dolphin scientists out on the ocean
  • Identify marine mammals by their physical features
  • Identify marine mammals by their behaviour
  • Learn first-hand about the Māori and European cultural history of our marine mammals
  • Get to know scientists and other experts
  • Visit dolphin sculptures, a mural and water fountain at Horotutu Park, Paihia
  • Use NatureWatch (iNaturalist) to record marine mammal sightings

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Use social media to take action about marine mammals
  • Revisit SeaWeek
  • Find out more about the Department of Conservation (DoC)
  • Join Young Ocean Explorers and subscribe to their newsletters or social media feeds
  • Use the NatureWatch (iNaturalist) app to record your observations of living things
  • Learn more about the cultural significance of New Zealand's marine life

Where you will go

During SeaWeek, fly to Northland and drive to the Bay of Islands. Go with scientists and students from a local school (tba) out in the bays to collect scientific data about marine mammals.

Teacher comments about related LEARNZ field trips

"It would be one of the richest learning experiences I have experienced with a class." Fraser Campbell from Riwaka School.

"This was a great field trip. Students have been really inspired to find out more and are interested in what the scientists are trying to find out." Hilary Rodley from Netherton School

Go to more comments from teachers about related LEARNZ field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-6; Social Studies: Place and Environment 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 page 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, live audioconferences enhanced by chat, webcam and image uploads via Adobe Connect (and recorded for replay), profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, ambassador (mascot) page updates, and Ask-an-Expert which is a device-friendly web board for students to post questions for answering overnight. 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 comprise a unique collection of real, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations, adaptations of marine life, animals, biodiversity, biological communities, changing values, citizenship, coastal ecosystems, coastal habitat, community involvement, consequences of consumption, conservation, culture, ecology, ecosystems, ecotourism, endemic, environment, environmental action, environmental education, food webs, future focus, habitat, human impacts, identification, identity, interpreting, islands, life cycle, mammals, Māori, marine communities, marine environment, marine research, monitoring change, native species, Northland, oceans, perspectives, population, predators, recording, recreation, science, scientific research, sea, seals, sustainability, taonga, threatened species, tourism, values, whales

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