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Lvl Curriculum level
CS Contextual strand
Living world icon. Living world
Material world icon. Material world
Physical world icon. Physical world
Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond
Understanding about science icon. Understanding about science
Investigating in science icon. Investigating in science
Communicating in science icon. Communicating in science
Participating and contributing icon. Participating and contributing

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Nature of Science Teaching Activities

The Nature of Science strand is described in the science learning area as the overarching and unifying strand. How might this influence our teaching and our choice of teaching activities? What teaching activities will help us teach the nature of science?

The teaching activities in this section provide examples for how we might adapt other activities to meet the aims of the Nature of Science strand.

The Nature of Science strand has four Achievement Aims which are summarised as: Understanding about science, Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing. Rather than teaching these separately, most teaching activities are likely to involve students in more than one of these aspects. Thinking about the aims helps us give a focus to our teaching of the Nature of Science. The table below lists one or more Achievement Aim from the Nature of Science as a major focus for the activity.

37 activities.

Lvl NoS CS Topic Activity
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Changing theories about Mars
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Conflicting theories for the origin of the Moon
3-4 Communicating in science icon. Living world icon. Rocky Shore Constructing diagrams of food chains
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Different stories about the Moon: Rona me te Mārama
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Participating and contributing icon. Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Environmental studies Establishing priorities for solving problems
4-5 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Sports studies Factors affecting ball bounce
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Living world icon. Sports Studies Fitness testing using pulse rates
5-6 Investigating in science icon. Participating and contributing icon. Material world icon. Antarctica, States of Matter Floating ice predictions
1-2 Investigating in science icon. Communicating in science icon. Living world icon. Rocky Shore Grouping rocky shore animals
3-5 Investigating in science icon. Physical world icon. Forces in action How far can we stretch things?
7-8 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space How science ideas change over time
3-4 Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Physical world icon. Heat transfer Investigating heat transfer by conduction
4-6 Investigating in science icon. Participating and contributing icon. Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Environmental studies Investigating ways to clean up oil spills
5-6 Investigating in science icon. Living world icon. Sports studies Joint injuries: sampling and statistics
6-8 Investigating in science icon. Physical world icon. Light intensity Light intensity attenuation
3-4 Investigating in science icon. Physical world icon. Magnetism Magnets: what can magnetism pass through?
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Physical world icon. Magnetism Magnets: what patterns can a magnetic field make?
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Communicating in science icon. Material world icon. Atoms, ions, molecules Models of the atom from Democritus to Rutherford
5-6 Communicating in science icon. Living world icon. Sports studies Models of the heart
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Earth science Plate tectonics (1/2): birth of a theory
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Earth science Plate tectonics (2/2): evolution of a theory
3-4 Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Physical world icon. Sports Studies Predicting the behaviour of a bouncing ball
3-4 Participating and contributing icon. Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Environmental studies Ranking environmental problems
6 Understanding about science icon. Living world icon. Health Researching bacterial cultures and antibiotics
5-6 Understanding about science icon. Participating and contributing icon. Living world icon. Rocky shore Scientific knowledge and Māori knowledge about mussel biology
5-6 Investigating in science icon. Communicating in science icon. Material world icon. Atoms, ions and molecules Selecting models of atoms
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Types of materials Substances (1/2): carrying out common diagnostic tests
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Types of materials Substances (2/2): identifying mysterious substances
6-7 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Living world icon. Rocky Shore Surveying beach populations using transects
6-8 Understanding about science icon. Living world icon. Applied biological principles Trace elements and land use: Why the Kaingaroa Forest isn’t grassland
7-8 Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Environmental studies Using a model to simulate oil pollution
3-4 Understanding about science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Using binoculars to view the Moon
4-6 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Using models to understand how craters are formed
4-6 Understanding about science icon. Communicating in science icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon. Space Using online models to understand the phases of the Moon
1-2 Investigating in science icon. Communicating in science icon. Material world icon. Electricity/metals Which of these materials make the light go on?
1-2 Investigating in science icon. Communicating in science icon. Living world icon. Insects and Spiders Which ones are spiders?
4-5 Understanding about science icon. Investigating in science icon. Material world icon. Physical world icon. States of matter Why does popcorn pop?

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