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SmartGrowth Education Resource

Geography Level 6-8 and Social Studies Level 5


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.



SmartGrowth BoxClick 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. 

SmartGrowth Education Resource has been updated in April 2015. New weblinks have been inserted and the CityZoom activities have now been replaced with activities using the Tauranga City Council's new Mapi Tool. 

  • Giant SmartGrowth Black and Map Floor Game - Available from Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • GIS files on CD - Available from Bay of Plenty Regional Council

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.