Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
- Social Sciences
- Health and Physical Education
- The Arts
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Nature of science
- Living world
- Planet Earth and beyond
- Material world
- Nature of technology
- Physical world
- Geometry and Measurement
- Technological knowledge
- Use evidence
- Engage with science
- Critique evidence
- Gather and interpret data
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Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge
by Tricia Glensor
Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.
by Matt Boucher
This article is a follow up to “Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge”. It explains the phenomenon of feedback loops – positive feedback loops, which can cause climate change to accelerate, or negative loops, which can lessen the factors that cause change.
Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist
by Claire Finlayson
When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.
The Young Ecoleaders Award
by Johanna Knox
illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies.
Save the Earth Song
by James Brown; illustrations by Jo Tronc
Poet James Brown explores the perils of inertia and disassociation when it comes to climate change. Implicit to the poem is a fundamental question: Why do so many people do nothing when we know the stakes are so high? This is a companion text to recent level 4 journal articles about climate change.
The Bucket Man
by Anna Smaill
The last time it rained was the day I turned ten. I remember because that afternoon, I walked home from school for the last time. A half-hearted shower, over before it really started. Back when I was too young to remember, the government divided up all the land. If you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself. Our plot was steep and dry, so Dad and Mum built terraces.
by Phillip Simpson
This detailed article looks at the science and politics of climate change. It examines what global warming is, explores how scientists use computer modelling to predict the impact of climate change, and explains how scientific innovations in New Zealand could help reduce our agricultural emissions.