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Content resources and rich stories

We can use stories about science to make connections with students' interests and to bring science alive. The resources here provide content rich stories and teacher support material. They include online materials that support print resources already in schools.

Print resources with online support 

All schools in New Zealand are sent a range of print resources from the Ministry of Education, each of which is designed for a different purpose. They can be used in a range of ways depending on desired learning outcomes. To order or enquire about print resources go to Down the Back of the Chair: Ministry of Education Resource Catalogue .

Literacy materials such as Ready to Read and the School Journal, and mathematics materials such as Figure it Out, often include science topics and may be useful in linking literacy and numeracy learning to science programmes.

Search for School Journal, Junior Journal, School Journal Story Library, and Ready to Read stories and articles via the Instructional series search .

Some science resources also provide rich materials to support literacy and numeracy programmes. Materials designed for teaching science, mathematics and technology include Connected (years 3–8) and Applications (years 9–11).

Connected Teachers' Support Material  suggests science learning goals and activities and provides material that develops the science ideas in the Connected articles and stories.

Connected articles that include a mathematics focus  This page of the nzmaths website provides links to the Connected articles that include a mathematics focus. 

Applications series teachers' support material

The Applications series brings to life various aspects of science and technology with real-life stories that appeal to students in years 9–11.  The series is no longer in print but may be in school resource rooms. Teacher support material (TSM) can be found via the TKI search .

PDF icon. Applications in action (PDF 3 MB)

A brochure about the Applications series with science notes for teachers for each title as well as suggested activities and approaches.

Building Science Concepts  is a series of 64 booklets for teachers. Each booklet is based around a theme and includes science information for teachers supported by a sequenced series of classroom activities. The series is for levels 1–4 of the curriculum. An online guide  to the series includes a list of themes and concept overviews of big ideas.

Building Science Concepts – Conceptual maps

The 64 books from the Building Science Concepts series have been listed on this page from the NZCER website , linking Assessment Resource Bank (ARB) resources to the 'Big Idea' concepts from the books. Assessment resources cover all science strands for levels 2-5.

Animals & Us  provides resources on animal issues for teachers and students in New Zealand Secondary schools. Animals & Us have published the following resource books:

Animals & Us resources are designed to encourage critical thinking and to advance knowledge and develop values of empathy and compassion. See more  here .

Online resources

New Zealand Transport Agency curriculum resources  includes units for years 1–8, years 9–10, and NCEA Level 1 Physics. Road safety contexts enable students to deepen understanding of concepts such as peripheral vision, crash avoidance, unbalanced forces, mass, and velocity.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a set of level 4 and 5 science learning activities with a focus on the kiwifruit industry. Students can research the health benefits of kiwifruit as well as other scientific processes.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Te Ao Tūroa resource  looks at how 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support our primary industries. Learning experiences for levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems and link to the learning areas of health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology. 

National Library teaching and learning resources : free, online, teaching and learning resources, tools, and guides. Find quality, curated curriculum resources, online schoolwork help for students, exemplars and tools for inquiry, resource guides, and more.

National Library Topic Explorer : Find quality, curated resources on a range of topics to support and inspire inquiry. Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, audio, videos, books, and more.

Soil, Food, and Society  has created an online teaching resource for years 5-8: The story of where our food comes from / Te pūrākau o ngā kai.  Navigate from the Teachers and Students links at the top of the page. The resource explores three interconnected areas – Plants are Earth's engine (for years 5–6) ; Our food garden (for years 6–7) and The chain in my lunch box (for years 7–8) . The resource supports The New Zealand Curriculum.

Science Learning Hub  new improved version brings together content from the Science Learning Hub and the Biotechnology Learning Hub.
This rich collection of New Zealand science resources displays content under topics  and concepts  with an intuitive function that shows you related articles and resources as you search. New content is added to the site regularly, and resources are available for junior primary to senior secondary level.

LEARNZ  for years 1–13, is a series of virtual field trips for science. Covering a wide variety of topics and visiting a wide variety of locations, LEARNZ online field trips are self-contained and free for NZ teachers and their classes. 

GNS Learning  section of the GNS Science website has lesson plans, posters, interactive games, virtual tours, videos, blogs, maps, research, collections and databases, and a glossary, covering many science topics.

Links to further useful sites  can be found within the Science at work in the world section of Science Online.