(^ 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: One of our most popular topics last year, Whio Forever is back with more amazing resources and fun activities for 2019! This includes the most comprehensive primary-level teaching resource available for any New Zealand bird, and we’re proud to once again to share this with you. Learn all about what makes the whio duck so special, what habitats it likes to live in, what threats it faces, and ways that you can help. We’ll also touch on some of the more controversial issues surrounding water quality and swimmable rivers. Enjoy!

Core objective:
Learn about the beautiful whio and why they are endangered.

Prizes for this week are:

  • Top 4x classes receive a personal visit from a Whio/DOC ranger to their classroom!

  • Next 6x classes receive a whio forever prize pack full of cool goodies!

  • Chance to feature on the weekly highlights reel!

    UPDATE: PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED + HIGHLIGHTS BELOW!

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

 
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Curriculum links:
Levels 1 and 2:

  • Major link: Science; Living world; Ecology.

  • Minor links: Varied.

Levels 3 and 4:

  • Major link: Technology: Digital Technology.

  • Minor links: Varied. Science; Living world; Ecology. The Arts; Visual Arts; Developing ideas.

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Years 1-4

Focus: Learn about the beautiful whio and what makes it so special to Aotearoa. Understand why this unique duck has become endangered and what threats it faces.

Core activities:
1) “Whio Forever Education Resource - Meet The Whio”
2) Stoats and Rivers game
3) Whio Algorithm
4) Boot Camp Game
5) Inquiry based learning - My Awa; Now vs. Then.

Call to action: Whio checklist

(Got questions/improvement ideas for the resource? Comment directly on the pdf)

^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…!

 
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Years 5-8

Focus: Learn about the beautiful whio, understand why this unique duck has become endangered and what threats it faces. Explore water quality issues in Aotearoa.

Core activities:
1) “Whio Forever Education Resource - Meet The Whio”
2) Whio Algorithm
3) Animation and stopmotion with Whio
4) Learn to code whio
5) Write a whio song!
6) Inquiry based learning - Our Local Awa; Now vs Then

Call to action: Whio checklist

(Got questions/improvement ideas for the resource? Comment directly on the pdf)

^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…!

 

Want to access more “Whio Forever” school resources? Follow the link below.