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11 October
2020

Disappearing L2 Native birds

Task Purpose: To find out what is causing the numbers of New Zealand native birds to fall. To inform others about why some New Zealand native birds are disappearing.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Science learning goals: Recognise that native birds have certain requirements to survive and stay alive. Promote awareness of the steps people can take to stop the numbers of native birds falling.

Literacy Learning Goal: Literacy learning goals Become familiar with and use language in discussion and writing that relate to the curriculum topic. Select key information, make notes and organize information to achieve the learning purpose.

Vocabulary Bird of the Year Specialized: Black Petrel, endangered, endemic, extinct, Kākāpō, habitats, Parakeet, predators; Interest: competition, environment, favourite, starving. And the Winner is… Specialised: danger status, endemic, extinct, habitat, tuft, talons; Interest: claws, competition, disturb, flightless, heaviest, mimic, nocturnal, status, widespread. Vocabulary Bird of the Year Specialized: Black Petrel, endangered, endemic, extinct, Kākāpō, habitats, Parakeet, predators; Interest: competition, environment, favourite, starving. And the Winner is… Specialised: danger status, endemic, extinct, habitat, tuft, talons; Interest: claws, competition, disturb, flightless, heaviest, mimic, nocturnal, status, widespread.

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11 October
2020

Disappearing L3 Unwanted visitors

Task Purpose: To find out about some of the reasons why New Zealand’s plants and animals are unique. To find out what is being done to protect New Zealand’s endemic species.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Science goals Explain how New Zealand native and endemic animals and plants are suited to their habitat and identify what problems they face and what is being done to protect them. Appreciate that some living things in New Zealand are quite different from living things in other parts of the world.

Literacy Learning Goal: Literacy goals Use a range of clues in the text and prior experience to make predictions about what the reading might be about and confirm by reading. Generate and answer questions to meet specific learning purposes. Skim material using a range of text clues to identify what the material is about. Scan the material for specific information. Locate, evaluate and integrate information across a small range of texts.

Vocabulary: Unwanted Visitors Specialised; beagle, biosecurity, eradication, fauna, flora, foot and mouth disease, fungal disease, kauri dieback, insecticide, myrtle rust; Interest: assets, customs, economy, havoc, horticulture, mango, oddities, quarantine, security, stowaways, territory, uniqueness, vulnerable. Vocabulary: Unwanted Visitors Specialised; beagle, biosecurity, eradication, fauna, flora, foot and mouth disease, fungal disease, kauri dieback, insecticide, myrtle rust; Interest: assets, customs, economy, havoc, horticulture, mango, oddities, quarantine, security, stowaways, territory, uniqueness, vulnerable.

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11 October
2020

Disappearing L4 Poachers

Task Purpose: To find out about the physical characteristics of Pāua. To find out about poaching and their impacts of New Zealand native and endemic species. To influence others to think about what happens when shellfish are over harvested and poached.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Science goals Explain how New Zealand native and endemic animals and plants are suited to their habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human induced. Appreciate that some living things in New Zealand are quite different from living things in other parts of the world.

Literacy Learning Goal: Literacy goals Think critically about what is heard; make comments to support or refute ideas, explain why their opinion is held. Locate, evaluate and synthesise information and ideas within and across a small range of texts. Create a text to influence others to think about their behaviours using persuasive language and a convincing argument. Scan to locate specific information that meets a specific learning purpose.

Vocabulary: Specialised: accumulation, circulation, gauge, respiratory, spatula; Interest: organisms, predators, unique. Vocabulary: Specialised: accumulation, circulation, gauge, respiratory, spatula; Interest: organisms, predators, unique.

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27 July
2020

Let's Get Moving L2 What's good about exercise

Task Purpose: To find out the good things about exercise. To investigate some fun activities that help people become fitter.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Health and physical education Understand how people’s attitudes and actions contribute to staying healthy. Encourage others to participate and enjoy exercise.

Literacy Learning Goal: Locate and evaluate information to achieve the curriculum purpose. Draw on clues in the text and background knowledge to make inferences.

Vocabulary Specialised: represent Interest: asthma, clutch, heaving oozes, pavilion, seeps, shuffle, swarm, throbbing; Idiom “the stitch hits” Vocabulary Specialised: represent Interest: asthma, clutch, heaving oozes, pavilion, seeps, shuffle, swarm, throbbing; Idiom “the stitch hits”

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27 July
2020

Let's Get Moving L2 Our muscles how they help us move

Task Purpose: To understand how we move. To understand what you can do to reduce the tiredness in your muscles when you exercise. To use information to plan how to make healthier choices.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Science goal Know and use language to describe how muscles help us move. Social sciences goal: Understand how making healthy choices can help people to better meet their exercise and well-being goals.

Literacy Learning Goal: Clearly explain and demonstrate to others what causes muscle tiredness. Create mental images to gain a deeper understanding of the information read. Find clues in the text and draw on prior knowledge to make inferences about making healthy choices.

Vocabulary Why do Muscles Get Tired? Specialised: breathe, energy, fatigue. Interest: dehydrated, efficient, energy, fitter, oxygen, regularly, wobbly. Making the Team Interest: awesome, fitness, smoothie. Vocabulary Why do Muscles Get Tired? Specialised: breathe, energy, fatigue. Interest: dehydrated, efficient, energy, fitter, oxygen, regularly, wobbly. Making the Team Interest: awesome, fitness, smoothie.

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27 July
2020

Let's Get Moving L3 Coaches and Refs

Task Purpose: To find out the attributes of a sports’ or activities coach. To understand what it means to be a coach or a referee.

Curriculum Learning Goal: Health and Physical education Identify risks and their causes, and identify safe practices to manage them. Develop movement activities that are enjoyable and promote physical and mental wellbeing. Social Sciences Understand how people make and implement rules and why these might be important in organised sport or activities.

Literacy Learning Goal: Express an opinion and explain why the opinion is held. Is willing to negotiate compromise when an agreement cannot be reached. Scan to locate and evaluate information that is relevant to the task purpose. Use appropriate language and structure to clearly describe a person’s role.

Vocabulary Never Give up Specialised: diagonally, hamstrings, tackle; Interest: calves, concentrate, huddle, muscles, stretches, thighs, warm-up. Basketball rules Specialised: fast break, foul, free-throw line, jump ball, score bench, substitutions, technical foul; Interest: lanky, league, refereed, representative. Vocabulary Never Give up Specialised: diagonally, hamstrings, tackle; Interest: calves, concentrate, huddle, muscles, stretches, thighs, warm-up. Basketball rules Specialised: fast break, foul, free-throw line, jump ball, score bench, substitutions, technical foul; Interest: lanky, league, refereed, representative.

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