A practical field guide to New Zealand's native edible plants. Andrew Crowe
Gardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native Plants
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand
From Weta to Kauri: A Guide to the NZ Forest. Highly recommended
Which Native Plant Can I Grow Here?
100 Best NZ Native Plants for Gardens
Bushmanfriend's Educational resources
I made these Slide shows while teaching Biology and Horticulture at Taipa Area School, Mangonui, Northland. Download the files to your computer and open with Acrobat reader, or internet explorer. I would use the digital display/projector to show them to the class. I placed them on the school's intranet so students would have access to them in their own time. I would encourage the students to cut and paste the photos to illustrate their projects.
Useful as a resource for 'Making sense of the living world' strand. Observing the adaptive features of New Zealand Plants, from about level 3 or 4 (year 6 or 7) and up to about form 6 Biology or Horticulture.
The Bush: Field trip resources
Are you planning an environmental education or education outside the classroom experience for students?
Download the word document with student worksheets Level 3 & 4 Science in the New Zealand curriculum - suitable for year 7 & 8 students
Assessment Resources for teachers
Check out these links for resources to help prepare units of work on New Zealand native plants, te ngahere, the bush, the living world strand of the national curriculum & environmental education.
Birds: Structure, Function, and Adaptation
Assessment: Changes to living things This Assessment Resource Bank material relates to level 3 of theNew Zealand science curriculum living world strand objective 3 and the integrating strand of processing and interpreting. Students explain three ways native birds could be affected if a stand of native bush found on farmland was removed.
Pests This Assessment Resource Bank material relates to level 3 of the science curriculum living world strand, objective 3. This resource assesses students' ability to understand an article on animal pests and their effect on native birds. Students read the newspaper article and then answer questions about this
Flowering in Native Plants This Assessment Resource Bank material relates to level 4 of the New Zealand science curriculum living world strand, objective 3 and the integrating strand of processing and interpreting. Students are required to answer three questions by interpreting data about the flowering patterns of four different native plants.
Tree Trunk Size This Assessment Resource Bank material relates to level 4 of the science curriculum living world strand, objective 3 and the integrating strand of processing information. This resource has two questions which require students to interpret information from graphs.
Exemplar of Students work
This science exemplar shows the results of students types of investigation of trees; pattern making (to establish a key) and identifying (using the key for identification purposes). It is a sample of authentic student work annotated to illustrate learning, achievement, and quality in relation to level 3 of Science in the New Zealand Curriculum.
What do Kiwis eat This Assessment Resource Bank material relates to level 3 of the science curriculum living world strand, objective 4. Involves a task of interpreting a graph about the eating habits of kiwis. Includes scoring guidelines for the teacher to assess student responses.
Book Resources for teachers and school librarys
Environmental education, Making sense of the living world
Can be ordered directly through FISHPOND by following the link
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees JT Salmons classic with photos and descriptions of all New Zealands trees and shrubs
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand Poole & Adams. A useful field guide with line drawings and descriptions of over 700 species.
Gardener's Encyclopedia of NZ Native Plants photos and descriptions of many native plants useful in an ornamental situation
A Photographic Guide to Ferns of New Zealand The name says it all
New Zealand Trees and Shrubs: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivation and Identification Lawrie Metcalfe has written a book if you wish to grow your own.
From Weta to Kauri: A Guide to the NZ Forest very useful field guide
Which Native Forest Plant? (Which S.) Andrew Crowes series are presented as keys and are useful for the novice in identifying common native plants
New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants A Biological perspective of New Zealand simple plants
Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on Them Andrew Crowe. Good pictures
Spiders of New Zealand and Their Worldwide Kin The last and best word on New Zealand spiders
The Penguin Natural World of New Zealand coffee table book useful for projects
The Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest very useful field guide
New Zealand: Land of Birds Beautiful photos celebrating New Zealand birds
Kauri Gum and the Gumdiggers (Pictures from the Past) Historical context.
Kauri Museum Matakohe It is a Must See Attraction with approximately 95,000 who visit the internationally acclaimed museum every year.
Waipoua Forest Northland's pristine Kauri Forest
Trounson Kauri Park http://communities.co.nz/KaiIwiLakes/Feature.cfm?WPID=55
Puketi Forest for kids Take an educational journey through Puketi forest
General New Zealand Links Native plants & environmenntal education.
New Zealand birds and birding photos, information and links to New Zealand 's native birds
GRAHAM MEADOWS PHOTO LIBRARY contains stock photography specialising in animals, New Zealand plants and natural history.
Department of Conservation NZ Government Department.
NZ Fungi: Landcare Research Everything you need to know about these simple plants
Kiwi Conservation Club KCC is a Forest & Bird project for children.
Project Crimson Everything you need to know about Pohutukawa
Plant pictures of NZ and exotic plants Quality images of NZ garden plants by Paul Ashford
NZ Orchids the Fascinating World of New Zealand's Native Orchids Photos and information
The World Biome Project. Canadian Site which compares ecological data and plant communities from around the world
New Zealand Ecological Society Links The New Zealand Ecological Society promotes the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects.
Royal Society of New Zealand - Homepage Academic information on NZ Science
Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand The name says it all
Focus on NZ - Plants More Photos of NZ Plants
Images of New Zealand Native Trees More photos of NZ Plants
The Hidden Forest Have you ever been out in the forest (bush) or maybe even in your own backyard, and come across some strange fungus, lichen or maybe even a slime mould, and wondered "what's that?" Great Site on simple NZ plants
Forest & Bird NZ Forest and Habitat Protection Society
Ecology education about native NZ tui -
NZ Plant conservation network excellent site with photos and information on rare or threatened NZ plants
Landcare research Great site with information on NZ Plants.
Rongoa maori This site at The Pharmacy School in Otago gives links to sites with information on NZ plants and how Maori used them as medicines
The school of biological sciences, The University of Auckland Descriptions and photos of the plants found in New Zealand, Information on plants used by Maori for food, medicines and fibres, along with animations and other learning aids
As well there are many images of New Zealand plants, sorted by structure that can be found from this link Photos & images of New Zealand plants
All images copyright to Tony Foster. New Zealand educational instituions, their teachers and students are welcome to use these images. Please acknowledge the photographer.
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