Be a Backyard Hero - Online Lesson
This is an online lesson that will compliment a primary or secondary unit focused on encouraging biodiversity (native plants and animals) in the school or home garden environment. A number of skills will be used including research, identification (plant and animal), planning, individual and team work.
This lesson is suitable for years 0-10.
Provided is an educational video, practical activities, fact cards and useful web links.
New Zealand Curriculum links:
Science: This topic covers elements of the Nature of Science, including investigating in science, communicating in science and Participating and contributing. It also focuses on the Living World, including life processes and ecology.
Social Sciences: This topic covers aspects of Social Studies related to people, their interaction with the environment, communities and management of resources.
English/Te Reo: Speaking, Writing, Presenting
Visual Arts: Developing Practical Knowledge: Observational Drawings/Painting/Photography
Be a Backyard Hero Video
Join our educator Nathan to find out what you can do in your backyard.
Biodiversity is very important but what is it and why do we need to have it?
We've developed some questions and answers that will help you understand biodiversity and why it is important in your backyard.
Bug Fact Cards
Gardens are full of fascinating insects and animals. Check out the fact cards to learn about some of the bugs that could live in a garden near you.
Backgarden Activity Cards
We've developed a set of activities that you can do in your garden. Some will take only a short time to complete, others are bit more complex.
Useful Links and Resources
Here are some websites and other resources that can help explore this topic further or that might help with some of the activities.
- Ministry for the Environment - What is biodiversity?
- Taranaki Regional Council's Backyard Biodiversity – Taiao Taiepa ki Tua (excellent series of videos and links)
- Dunedin garden study (includes audio interview)
- New Zealand Garden Bird survey
- Attract birds into your garden
- Month by month calendar of plants for native birds
- How to create a lizard friendly garden
- Predator Free New Zealand
- Inaturalist (Animal and plant identification site)
- Tracking tunnels from Predator Free New Zealand
- Studying small land animals (PDF)
- What made these tracks by Warren Agnew (PDF)