(^This video outlines the week’s contents, announces prizes, shows previous highlights etc. Play this video to your class to introduce the week! (Click the picture to access it via a typeform). Teaching resources are further down this page.

Summary: Everyone gets excited about Birds of Prey, and we’re sure that your class will too when they learn all about our ferocious kārearea or crooning ruru, not to mention the legend of the Haast Eagle! Many of our native Birds of Prey are endangered but some are finding unlikely refuge in our exotic plantation pine forests. This week will focus on this unique relationship, why our birds of prey are significant to Aotearoa, and what we can do to help them. Enjoy!

Core objective:
Learn what kārearea are and how pine plantations are supporting their recovery.

UPDATE: PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED + HIGHLIGHTS BELOW!


A massive thank-you to the following key partners for that have helped enabled this week to happen!

 
 

Curriculum links:
Levels 1 and 2:

  • Major link: Science; Living world; Ecology.

  • Minor links: The Arts; Visual Arts; Developing ideas.

Levels 3 and 4:

  • Major link: Science; Living world; Ecology.

  • Minor links: The Arts; Visual Arts; Developing ideas.


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Years 1-4

60 minute lesson-plan focus::
Learn what kārearea are and how pine plantations are supporting their recovery.

Extra activities:
1) “Imping” - feather mending!
2) Biodiversity in plantation forests
3) Growth stages of a kārearea and ruru
4) Fun activities
5) Capture the nest
6) Inquiry based learning - Te Ao Māori and birds of prey; Forestry

Call to action: Build ruru boxes for your school!

NB - each week we will provide a simplified 60-minute lesson plan. However, we will also provide more activities for the extra keen teachers… we know you’re out there! Check out the “extra activities + content” button above. (Got questions/improvements for the resource? Comment directly on the pdfs)

^Take footage of your class in action and go into win the weekly prizes, feature on the weekly highlights video and be in the running for the GRAND PRIZE…! (Completing more activities + the call-to-action will get you bonus points)

Prizes for this week are:

  • Top 10x classes receive real owl pellets for their class! (For more info watch our weekly video above). Trust us, these are cool…. :)

  • Awesome kārearea and ruru posters.

  • 3x classes to receive a live webinar session with the expert crew at the Marlborough Falcon Trust

  • Chance to feature on the weekly highlights reel!

 
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Years 5-8

60 minute lesson-plan focus:
Learn what kārearea are and how pine plantations are supporting their recovery.

Extra activities:
1) “Imping” - feather mending!
2) Biodiversity in plantation forests
3) Capture the nest!
4) Kahu vs Kārearea
5) Inquiry based learning - Te Ao Māori and birds of prey; Sustainable Forestry (carbon offsetting)

Call to action: Build ruru boxes for your school!

NB - each week we will provide a simplified 60-minute lesson plan. However, we will also provide more activities for the extra keen teachers… we know you’re out there! Check out the “extra activities + content” button above. (Got questions/improvement ideas for the resource? Comment directly on the pdfs)

^Take footage of your class in action and go into win the weekly prizes, feature on the weekly highlights video and be in the running for the GRAND PRIZE…! (Completing more activities + the call-to-action will get you bonus points)

Prizes for this week are:

  • Top 10x classes receive real owl pellets for their class! (For more info watch our weekly video above). Trust us, these are cool…. :)

  • Special kārearea and ruru posters.

  • 3x classes to receive a live webinar session with the expert crew at the Marlborough Falcon Trust!

  • Chance to feature on the weekly highlights reel!