18 Mar 2015

2015 Beach-goers! Rocky Shore inquiry

Term One 2015: 

Curio Bay, petrified forest
How do my actions affect the environment of the rocky shore?

Science inquiry - Level 3 Living World

Purpose: for pupils to learn about the living creature of our rocky shore and to explore the good and bad impact that humans have upon the habitats of these creatures.

QUOTE: "In all living things there is something of the marvellous." - Aristotle

CORE KNOWLEDGE: (teacher background info):

  • MRS GREN = movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, nutrition
  • a rocky shore is an ecosystem full of different habitats for both plants and animals
  • human impact includes pollution and conservation, over-fishing and introduction of predators etc
  • at the rocky shore we should find mammals, fish, birds, crustaceans, molluscs, bi/uni-valves, plants

Sand dunes (and early Maori umu/ovens) - Curio Bay
  • MRS GREN is a scientific concept that defines what a living thing is.
  • Living things can be classified into groups.
  • Living things have different habitats.
  • Humans impact on habitats.
  • Living things have special features to adapt to their habitat.

Online Resources

NZ MARINE STUDIES CENTRE - lots of fantastic resources:
DoC info sign, Curio Bay

Who Eats Who? - use pages 16-19 for a food chain activity
Marine Life database website - find info on a range of creatures
The Southern NZ guide to rocky shore life
Life on the Rocky Shore overview sheet

Canterbury's Spectacular Coast - blackline masters and a food chain snap game

Incredible Science NZ - Life on the Rocky Shore is Hard

National Library of NZ Rocky Shore links

Te Ara Coastal Shoreline site

Image source
Defining Living Things: 
BBC for kids
slideshare powerpoint

Moulting yellow-eyed penguin (Hoiho) at Curio Bay

Curio Bay

Curio Bay

Curio Bay

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