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Many of these resources have been prepared by the NZ Marine Studies Centre.

To find out more about the Centre's marine education programmes and resources, visit their website at www.marine.ac.nz.


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Marine Metre Squared

Marine Metre Squared Guides


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Marine Life Database

To find out more about local marine animals and plants and to identify the animals that you have seen, check out the Marine Life Database.

Seashore ID Guides and Activity Books

Sandy and Muddy Shore Guides

Handy guides to the common animals and plants living on the sandy and muddy seashores and estuaries of New Zealand. The Northern and Southern New Zealand Sandy and Muddy Shore Guides are available from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in card or waterproof versions.

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The Guides can also be downloaded in pdf format.


Rocky Shore Guides

Handy guides to the common animals and plants living on the rocky seashores of New Zealand. The Northern and Southern New Zealand Rocky Shore Guides are available from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in card or waterproof versions.

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The Guides can also be downloaded in pdf format.


Māori versions of the Shore Guides are available.


Mudflat Mysteries Game

Download our Mudflat Mysteries Game to help you identify what you find on sandy and muddy shores.



Seashore resources - order form

Download an order form for our Rocky Shore resources


Rocky Shore Activity Book

Activitybook

The Rocky Shore Activity Book complements the Rocky Shore Guides. The book contains activities that can be carried out during a class trip to the Rocky Shore as well as classroom based pre- and post-trip activities. The activities are independent of each other and can be used in any order. The acivities are designed for primary and intermediate school age students.


Rocky Shore Who Eats Who Educational Colouring Book

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An educational colouring book that features the animals and plants found between the tides on New Zealand's rocky shores and in shallow coastal waters. The illustrations show diet, feeding strategies and adaptations to find and capture food and avoid predators. Children should be encouraged to interpret what is happening in the scenes and predict what might hapen next. Creating a food web will highlight the role of these creatures in the ocean environment.


Mudflat Mysteries Educational Activity Book

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An educational activity book that features the animals and plants found between the tides on New Zealand's muddy shores and shallow coastal waters. The illustrations show where the animals live and what signs can be seen on the shore to hint at what lives beneath the surface. There is information about diet, feeding strategies and adaptations for life on the mudflats. Children should be encouraged to interpret what is happening in the scenes and answer the questions posed on each page.


Southern New Zealand Rocky Shore Poster

A poster with all the information from the Souther NZ Rocky Shore Guide

Primary School Resources

The science learning area in the NZ curriculum promotes the idea of developing citizenship capabilities. Students (citizens) need to be ready, willing and able to use their science knowledge. Five basic capabilities that could contribute to a functional knowledge of science have been identified from Nature of Science (NOS) research.

Students participating in the Marine Metre Squared project ail have the opportunity to experience all five of the Science capabilities to varying degrees based on their year level. We have produced resources to help you link MM2 to your curriculum.


Curriculum Links

Introducing five science capabilities


Science Capability 1: Gather and interpret data


Science Capability 2: Use evidence

Under development. Resources Welcome!

Email: Sally Carson


Science Capability 3: Critiquing evidence


Science Capability 4: Interpret representations


Science Capability 5: Engage with science

Under development. Resources Welcome!

Email: Sally Carson


Additional Printable Resources


Examples from Schools


Science Skills for Mm2 Programme

    A programme for Primary students: Inspire your class to think like scientists and engage them in real life science. This is a hands-on session run by our Marine Educators, in your classroom. The aim is to develop the skills your pupils will need for fieldwork, before they get there.

    The session will introduce scientific language, appropriate equipment to gather relevant and reliable data cooperative team work, safe and ethical practices for surveying and sampling in a coastal environment, observation and identification skills, measurement and recording data.

    The skills gained will be useful for any scientific field study, but are designed with our seashore monitoring project, Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) in mind. This short session is great preparation for a seashore field trip.

    Email: Shelley Dixon to enquire about this programme.

Secondary Schools NZ Seashore Survey

Transect Survey methods and data sheet


Ecology of NZ Rocky Shore Community Book


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Training for Participants

Videos

We recommend watching these introductory videos, and also checking out the other seashore videos on the Aquarium Youtube channel.


Education Programmes

Science Skills for Mm2 is a programme for Primary students: Inspire your class to think like scientists and engage them in real life science. This is a hands-on session run by our Marine Educators, in your classroom. The aim is to develop the skills your pupils will need for fieldwork, before they get there.

The session will introduce scientific language, appropriate equipment to gather relevant and reliable data cooperative team work, safe and ethical practices for surveying and sampling in a coastal environment, observation and identification skills, measurement and recording data.

The skills gained will be useful for any scientific field study, but are designed with our seashore monitoring project, Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) in mind. This short session is great preparation for a seashore field trip.

Email: Shelley Dixon to enquire about this programme.


Posters

How to do a Marine Metre Squared on a Muddy Shore

In easy steps, this poster shows teachers from three Enviroschools in Southland and staff from Environment Southland carrying out a Mm2 survey in Mokomoko Inlet near Omau.


Zip, Flip, Click!

The three simple steps involved in carrying out a Marine Metre Squared survey are featured on a colourful double-sided poster for your classroom or workplace.


Citizen Scientists Wanted

More information about how sign up and contribute to the Marine Metre Squared project.


Seashore Etiquette Poster

This poster includes information about how to safely explore the seashore for maximum enjoyment and minimum impact on seashore creatures and wildlife such as sea lions and penguins.


How to Calculate % Coverage

This poster explains how to record the abundance of seaweeds in your measured area.

Workshops

Marine Science at Lab-in-a-Box in the Catlins

Marine Studies Centre educators will be running education programmes at Lab-in-a-Box at Catlins Area School, Owaka, during the week of 25th October 2016.

Lab-in-a-Box is a shipping container transformed into a cutting-edge mobile teaching and research laboratory. It brings science equipment and expertise to your school or community to support and extend science knowledge on your "home turf".

There are two early evening sessions in Owaka which members of the public are welcome to attend.

Seaweeds and Sea Lions

Tuesday 25th October 2016, 5-6pm

Venue: Lab-in-a-Box, Catlins Area School, Owaka

Can you spot the difference between invasive and native seaweeds? In this workshop you will have an opportunity to touch, taste and see for yourself. How do Sea Lions fit in with all this? How can we use Citizen Science tools such as Mm2 to keep track of changes in the marine world?

The Burning Issue

Wednesday 26th October 2016, 5-6pm

Venue: Lab-in-a-Box, Catlins Area School, Owaka

Explore and experiment with climate change and ocean acidification. What effects might these changes have on our marine life? How can Citizen Science tools such as Mm2 (Marine Metre Squared) help us to keep track of changes in the marine world?


Members of the public are welcome to attend both workshops.


If you have enquiries about these workshops, contact Sally Carson, email sally.carson@otago.ac.nz or phone 03-479 5842.


Look for a MM2 Workshop happening in a region near you

Other Marine resources

Marine Topics and the Science Learning Hub – the following activity sheets provide pathways through the Science Learning Hub’s marine resources and connect to relevant programmes offered by NZ Marine Studies Centre.


More NZMSC Publications to download and order
Links to Resources

To find out more about local marine animals and plants and to identify the animals that you have seen, check out the Marine Life Database.

See our Pinterest board for Educational resources to help you identify and learn about the species you might find on the New Zealand Seashore.

Marine Metre Squared is an ideal activity for Seaweek

For more information about the NZ Marine Studies Centre's programme and resources go to www.marine.ac.nz.

Find out how the Marine Metre Squared links with the Nature of Science strand and develops science capabilities for citizenship on the Ministry of Education TKI web site.

To find out more about estuaries and their ecology and restoration, check out the Department of Conservation's Estuary Internet Hub: www.doc.govt.nz/estuaries

If you would like to log a sighting of a seabird, marine mammal or other unique species go to www.naturewatch.org.nz

ACTIVboardNZ have produced a New Zealand Rocky Shore resource pack, with flipcharts, images, and links to the Rocky Shore Guide and other resources. It is available free on Promethean Planet at: www.prometheanplanet.com