This is one of six education resource topics created for teachers of science and social science. This page includes activities for students exploring the plants and animals that live on the sand dunes in the beach environment.

The chart below outlines all activities that can be used in the classroom as well as out in the environment.

Activities

Environmental Education Aspect

Environmental Education Concept

Curriculum Links

Suggested Curriculum Level

2a

Native dune plants - what lives where and why?

Activity summary and activity sheets 

PDF of PowerPoint presentation - Basic 

PDF of PowerPoint presentation - Advanced 

About the environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Any

 

2b

Introduced dune plants and weeds

Activity summary and activity sheets 

PDF of PowerPoint presentation

About the environment

Biodiversity

Social Science

Science

Any

2c

Colonising space - the function of runners, suckers, berries and seeds

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Level 3 and above

2d

Plant ID

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Biodiversity

Science

Any

2e

Plants of the local sand dune community

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About, in and for/with the environment

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Personal and social responsibility for action

Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Arts

Any

2f

Seed collection and propagation

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About, in and for/with the environment

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Personal and social responsibility for action Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Any

2g (i)

Coastal wildlife overview

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Level 1 – 4

2g (ii)

Dune wildlife field trip

Activity summary and activity sheets

About and In the
environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Social Science

Science

Level 1 – 4

2h

Introduced dune animals - rabbit case study

Activity summary and activity sheets 

PDF of PowerPoint presentation

About the environment

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Interdependence

Science
Social

Science

Any

2i

Interrelationships - dune animals and plants

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Interdependence

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Science
Social

Science

Level 2 and above

2j

Species lost from the beach

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About and for/with the environment

Interdependence

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Personal and social responsibility for action

Literacy

Science

Social Science

Any - Secondary

2k

Ecosystem relationships

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Interdependence

Biodiversity

Science

Social Science

Level 4 and above

2l (i)

Coasties dune community bingo - native plants and animals

Activity summary and activity sheets

About the environment

Biodiversity

Science

Level 1 – 4

2l (ii)

Coasties dune community bingo - pest plants and animals

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About and With/For the
environment

Personal and social
responsibility for action

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Interdependence

Science

Social Science

Level 1 – 4

2l (iii)

Dune community classification

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About the environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Science

Social Science

Level 1 – 4

2m

Which zone - who can be found where?

Activity summary and activity sheets

A3 coastal backdrop activity sheet and cards colour and BW

About the environment

Biodiversity

Interdependence

Science

Literacy and
numeracy

 

Levels 1-2 (sand tray)

Levels 1-4
(wall mural)

Levels 3-4
(cut n’ paste activity)


2n

Shore birds of the Bay of Plenty

Activity summary and activity sheets 

About and With/For the
environment

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Literacy

Science

Social Science

Levels 2-4