YOE - : Young Ocean Explorers 21 day challenge
  • Overview
  • Programme

What is the 21 Day Challenge?

  • 21 Days of learning, thinking, creating and action to engage and empower students to care for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park / Ko te Pātaka kai o Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi.
  • Each lesson should take approx 90 mins - there are ideas for extension if you would like to delve deeper. Each lesson is integrated across curriculum areas.
  • At the end choose the best video from your class to send to Young Ocean Explorers to be in to win your class a prize!

Overall aims and objectives

  • To encourage an increased knowledge of the ocean, particularly the Hauraki Gulf.
  • To build an understanding of the importance of the ocean to many people in various ways.
  • To think about kaitiakitanga and care for our ocean

Actions

  • Take action daily - each child to pick up at least one piece of plastic each day for the 21 day challenge.
  • Share learning and prompt further action- at the end of the 21 days children will have developed a way of sharing their learning to encourage others to understand and care for our ocean. Preferably digital, but ideas for sharing could be video, slideshow, poster, news article, speech, play, dance, artwork etc.

Curriculum Areas

  • Science - engaging with science, data gathering, use evidence, critique evidence, interpreting data.
  • Te Ao Māori - te reo (language), tikanga (Customs and traditional values).
  • Digital Curriculum - designing and developing digital outcomes.
  • Maths - data gathering, graphing, number, measurement, statistics.
  • English - oral language, writing, reading.
  • The Arts - performing arts, music.
  • Health - ”Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.”
  • Social Sciences - gaining knowledge, skills and experience to “understand how places influence people and people influence places.”
  • Education for sustainability - “Education for sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet. Students taking informed action to address issues of sustainability and participate in creating a sustainable future is the core of education for sustainability.”

Young Ocean Explorers 21 day challenge is an integrated curriculum teaching resource that links to the New Zealand Curriculum at levels 1–4, but can be adapted for use at various levels. It has been developed for primary school students and teachers (years 1–8). It can be used as part of a guided inquiry process.

It contains teaching and learning material to support a unit of work that is grounded in Environmental Education for Sustainability (EEfS) / Conservation education themes, and incorporates aspects of Te Ao Māori (a Māori worldview).

The next challenge day is # 1 on 8 Feb 2021

21 Day Challenge Programme

DayDateTopicObjectivesAssignment
1 8 Feb 2021 Kaitiakitanga - Why is the ocean important? How can we look after it? Raise awareness of the many ways the ocean is important. Look at our school / area and how the ocean is important to us. Look at other areas / cultures and think about how the ocean is important to them.
2 9 Feb 2021 Tohorā / Whales Learn about Bryde’s whales and why they are special. See ways people are making changes to help protect whales.
3 10 Feb 2021 Ngā manu / Birds Explore ngā manu - bird life on the Hauraki Gulf.
4 11 Feb 2021 Ika / Fish and Rimurapa / Kelp Take a look at the many different species that live in the Hauraki Gulf.
5 12 Feb 2021 Aihe / Dolphins and visiting creatures (Manta Rays and Turtles) Everyone loves aihe / dolphins, and we have many around the Hauraki Gulf. But did you know we also have sea turtles and sometimes even manta rays!
6 15 Feb 2021 Marine Reserves Find out why Marine reserves are important to the health of the ocean, and where reserves are located in the Hauraki Gulf.
7 16 Feb 2021 Kina barrens and overfishing Look at what happens when the ecosystem is out of balance and kina take over.
8 17 Feb 2021 Invasive Species We have pest plants and animals on the land, but what pests are in the waters of Tīkapa moana / the Hauraki Gulf? Find out how they affect the ecosystem.
9 18 Feb 2021 Plastic Pollution Where does the plastic come from and what problems does it cause?
10 19 Feb 2021 Sedimentation How does sedimentation affect the living creatures and the water in Tīkapa Moana / the Hauraki Gulf?
11 22 Feb 2021 Hope stories and taking action Look at ways we can be involved in caring for our ocean, and examples of people who are helping already.
12 23 Feb 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Brainstorming. Information on 'how to', and focusing our thinking. Ideally, we would like something digital to share ideas of how to care for our ocean. Students can work on these projects individually or in groups.
13 24 Feb 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Planning and research. Guided planning charts to map out your ideas.
14 25 Feb 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Explore options for filming and creating. Access to some of Steve's underwater footage that you are welcome to use in your project. Looking at filming and editing tools.
15 26 Feb 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Write your script. Time to think about the story you want to tell, the message you want to get across.
16 1 Mar 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Storyboarding. Plan your video.
17 2 Mar 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Make your presentation. Learn about different camera angles.
18 3 Mar 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Filming. Look at backing music and copyrighting.
19 4 Mar 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Filming and Editing. Add text where appropriate.
20 5 Mar 2021 Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean Finishing up and adding credits.
21 8 Mar 2021 Sharing and celebrating Share work with classmates and look at what we have learned and achieved. Look at what we can keep doing to make a difference. Choose the best projects from your class to share with Young Ocean Explorers.