Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a range of resources available for teachers in our region.

Check out the following topics for teaching resources.

Teaching resources

This resource is a teaching kit on energy generation; it's use, efficiency and safety for students levels two - four. An experiment box is available on loan to Bay of Plenty schools to accompany the teacher kit.

The resources aim to help teachers:

  • Enable students to increase their knowledge of energy sources and the impact these have on the environment.
  • Facilitate students in making positive changes to their energy behaviours.

Resources:

Floating wetlands are considered a viable option to improve water quality in Rotorua lakes. This resource has been developed to assist schools interested in establishing and maintaining a floating wetland. It can also be used by other community groups.

For schools, the resource helps teachers:

  • Increase student awareness and knowledge of floating wetlands.
  • Increase student awareness of the role they can play improving water quality and ecosystems in Rotorua lakes.
  • Facilitate positive changes to water quality in our lakes and waterways.

This resource is intended to provide more options and information about floating wetlands and the ecosystems that they support. The resource is a multi-curriculum, inquiry learning resource. It uses decision-making, community consultation and freshwater research as well as monitoring techniques to inspire students into action, and can be easily adapted to all levels.

Floating Wetlands Introduction 
Te Kitenga Kukuwai 

Learning stage 1
Floating wetlands – what do we know? 

Learning stage 2
Floating wetlands – what can we learn?

Learning stage 3
Exploring a floating wetland hands-on! Field trips 

Learning stage 4
Take action – making our own floating wetland 

Learning stage 5
Reflect – monitoring and reporting progress

Glossary 

LEARNZ is a programme of free virtual field trips taking students to remote places all over New Zealand, Antarctica and beyond. Enrolment is free for teachers.

Geohazards

A guided trip to the Bay of Plenty - from the safety of your classroom! Experts will take you to remote locations to help you better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides. This trip fits well with big ideas like hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand and personal responsibility. 

Harbours and estuaries

Journey with your class to the eastern Bay of Plenty to explore the historical richness and biodiversity of Ōhiwa Harbour, through this Council supported LEARNZ field trip.  

This trip will enable your students to make comparisons with other coastal areas. They will see the coastal environment through a different set of eyes as they realise the part we can all play in looking after these valuable places. This trip fits well with big ideas like living world, conservation, whakapapa, identity, communities, environments, taonga.  

Science and Social Science - Levels 2 - 8

'Life's a Beach" is a coastal education resource kit which provides learning activities about the beach environment - the sea, beach, sand dunes, dune vegetation and reserve areas.

The resource covers a wide range of curriculum areas with an emphasis on science and social science.  The activities contained in the resource can be used (or adapted for use) for levels two - eight.

This third edition of the 'Life's a Beach' resource kit has been jointly developed by Indigo Pacific and the Council and was released in May 2013.

Life's a Beach is freely available to download for all education providers to use within their teaching programmes as a way to develop the ability of individuals and the community to take action towards sustainability.

Objectives

To investigate:

  • The nature and uses of beaches.
  • The community of plants and animals that exist in the sand dunes.
  • The impact of humans on the beach.
  • Dune formation and function using dune profiles.
  • Dune protection and enhancement methods.
  • Coastal management and action that can be taken to protect the dunes.

The resource also aims to develop:

  • Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and the diversity of the beach and sand dune environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of kaitiakitanga responsibilities of our environment and what is impacting on the dunes.
  • Attitudes and values that reflect feelings that recognise beaches and sand dunes as a taonga and of concern for our environment and communities.
  • Skills involved in identifying, investigating and problem solving issues related to the beach and dunes.
  • A sense of responsibility through participation and action as individuals and as members of a group in addressing some of the issues associated with beach and dune protection and enhancement.

Contents

The kit is structured around six themes. Click on a topic to view all activities and download resources. You will also see the assessment level, curriculum level and geographic concepts and skills incorporated into each activity.

Resource videos

Vew the full playlist below or on our YouTube page.

How this resource fits into the school curriculum

The main curriculum areas targeted by Life's a Beach are science and social science. The activities contained in this kit can be used (or adapted for use) for levels 2 to 8 of the New Zealand school curriculum. Most activites are suitable for levels 3 to 6 but can easily be adapted to suit higher or lower level learners.

This resource can also be used to support the teaching of achievement objectives in the following learning areas:

  • English
  • Arts
  • Physical education and health
  • Mathematics and statistics

Copying and adapting information to meet your own needs

Teaching and learning activities are saved as PDF files. Should you wish to use the text and adapt this for your own teaching, you can extract the text and paste into a Word document. To do this, simply select the text you wish to copy and paste into a Word document. Please remember however, that the information contained in this resource is subject to copyright and can be used for education purposes only.

Learning strategies used in this resource

A variety of learning strategies are promoted through this resource. All are student-centred learning approaches - where the teacher acts as the facilitator of learning. Students are encouraged to actively participate in their own learning. The following teaching and learning methods are those that meet the requirements of the New Zealand National Curriculum and have been effective in environmental education.

Inquiry learning - A teaching practice that involves exploration, question asking, discovering, testing and understanding of new learning developing new skills such as observation, reasoning, critical thinking and the ability to justify or negate existing knowledge.

Action learning - A teaching practice that employs inquiry-learning strategies with an emphasis on students taking action and reflecting on the resulting changes.

Co-operative learning - A teaching approach that encourages students to work together in groups developing interpersonal skills and shared responsibility for learning.

Experiential learning - Where students are actively involved in activities designed to offer an experience from which new learning can emerge. Reflection and reflective learning - Reflection is an important part of the learning process in all of the models described above.

These links are provided as suggestions only to help schools and community groups learn more about oil spills and their effects.

Read a suggested Oil Spill Teacher Unit Plan with links to the New Zealand Curriculum 

Information on the Rena Oil Spill

  • Maritime New Zealand - includes latest media updates, and photographs.
  • Water monitoring - Bay of Plenty Regional Council
    Council monitors rivers, lakes, tidal, rainfall, meteorological and air quality sites throughout the Bay of Plenty. The majority of these sites are telemetered i.e. the data from them is transmitted back to base via the radio or phone network. This maybe useful for older students to see how Council is always checking the status of the water.
  • Oiled Wildlife Response (Massey University).

Teaching resources on oil and oil spills

Health and Wellbeing of Students

Cultural Values

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

This resource is a teaching kit for students levels two - five. It includes a photo pack and a board game and is designed to help teachers:

  • Enable students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the lakes of the Rotorua region.
  • Encourage action 'for' the environment by enabling students to take independent and appropriate actions for a sustainable lakes environment.

To order this resource, please contact us on the details below.

Resource Contents

Teacher Workshops

Bay of Plenty schools interested in professional development workshops or hard copies of these resources can contact us on the details below.

This education resource provides learning activities about managing growth targeting geography achievement standards level 6-8 and social studies level 5. 

The key focus of the resource is SmartGrowth and the western Bay of Plenty sub-region as a case study for managing growth. Global growth-related concepts and national growth related trends are also explored.

This resource has been jointly developed by Indigo Pacific, SmartGrowth, Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

This resource is provided free for all education providers to use within their teaching programs as a way to develop the knowledge of future generations and issues of population growth.

Explore a topic below to view all activities and download resources. You will also see the assessment level, Curriculum level and geographic concepts and skills incorporated into each activity. 

  1. Population Growth 
  2. Urban Patterns and Settlements 
  3. Mapping and Spatial Analysis 
  4. Planning and Decision Making 
  5. Current Growth Issues 
  6. Getting Involved - Students taking action

How this resource fits into the school curriculum

This education resource is designed for use in Level 6-8 Geography and Level 5 Social Studies. A panel on the side of each activity sheet describes links with the curriculum.
Based on the existing practice of teachers, the resource has been designed for potential use when teaching the following achievement standards:

  • Level 1: 1.2, 1.6 and 1.8
  • Level 2: 2.2, 2.5 and 2.8
  • Level 3: 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.8

Copying and adapting information to meet your own needs

Teaching and learning activities are saved as PDF files. Should you wish touse the text and adapt this for your own teaching, you can extract the text and paste into a Word document. To do this, simply select the text you wish to copy and paste into a Word document. Please remember however, that the information contained in this resource is subject to copyright and can be used for education purposes only.

Learning strategies used in this resource

A variety of learning strategies are promoted through this resource. All are student-centred learning approaches - where the teacher acts as the facilitator of learning. Students are encouraged to actively participate in their own learning. The following teaching and learning methods are those that meet the requirements of the New Zealand National Curriculum and have been effective in environmental education.

Inquiry learning - A teaching practice that involves exploration, question asking, discovering, testing and understanding of new learning developing new skills such as observation, reasoning, critical thinking and the ability to justify or negate existing knowledge.

Action learning - A teaching practice that employs inquiry-learning strategies with an emphasis on students taking action and reflecting on the resulting changes.

Co-operative learning - A teaching approach that encourages students to work together in groups developing interpersonal skills and shared responsibility for learning.

Experiential learning - Where students are actively involved in activities designed to offer an experience from which new learning can emerge. Reflection and reflective learning - Reflection is an important part of the learning process in all of the models described above.

Weedbusters is an integrated teaching resource for level three students. The resource aims to increase students' knowledge and understanding of pest plants - in particular the impact of weeds, investigation and problem-solving activities.

It also encourages action 'for' the environment by enabling students to take part in projects and activities that help manage and control weeds.

For more information on Weedbusters, please visit the website: www.weedbusters.co.nz

For information on Weedbusters funding initiatives, please visit: www.weedbusters.co.nz/funding/initiative_fund.asp

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is a major sponsor of Aqua Republica NZ - a serious online game designed to help kiwis explore the connections between land and water use, and the importance of caring for our precious water resources.

The game puts players in a decision-making seat where they learn to manage a limited supply of fresh, clean water while juggling growing demand between multiple users.

Aqua Republica is based on real life scenarios in a fictitious catchment. It's available for schools and community groups in the Bay of Plenty to use for free.

Please contact us to request a user account or to discuss how we can help you to make use of the game. People from outside the Bay of Plenty can access the game through their regional/unitary council or the Science Learning Hub.

To get started, check out these webinars:

What is Aqua Republica 

How do we play Aqua Republica - Part 1

How do we play Aqua Republica - Part 2

You can try the game out at http://awapikopiko.aquarepublica.com/ using the following log-in details:

  • Username: BOPRC1
  • Password: BOPRC1

Aqua Republica was designed by the United Nations Environment Programme - DHIgroup Centre for Water and Environment. They worked with University of Waikato, New Zealand Hydrological Society, Bay of Plenty Regional, Environment Canterbury Regional, Greater Wellington Regional, Auckland, Tasman District, Taranaki Regional, Waikato Regional and Hawkes Bay Regional Councils to create a locally specific adaptation of the game, based on the fictitious Awapikopiko catchment.