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21 Day Challenge

Restoring Our Oceans
Thanks very much for our generous partners for helping make the 21 Day Challenge possible!

21 Days Towards Restoring the Hauraki Gulf

Curriculum—based

Integrated curriculum teaching resource for years 1-8 that can be used as part of guided inquiry.

Curriculum details

90 minute lessons

Fully prepared for you.

  • Designed by teachers for teachers
  • World class videos and learning resources
  • Easily adaptable to a full 21 day inquiry
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Real world stories

Inspiring stories from real NZders. Explore:

  • Their ideas for solutions to issues.
  • The steps they took.
  • The difference they made.

Skills for life

Empower students with a toolbox of skills and perspectives to support their well-being in a chaotic world.

Educate. Motivate. Activate

Activate your school_name into action regarding sustainability, and share a digital outcome at the end of 21 Days.

Clean communities, clean oceans

Collect 1+ pieces of plastic per day per student to make a tangible difference to our local ocean environment.

“ This is an unique opportunity for learners to engage with scientists, experts and each other, while at the same time helping and learning more about our marine environment ... What a great model for learning”

- Jill Corkin, MNZM – Retired Principal & Past President of Auckland Primary Principal’s Association.

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.”

Who is participating?

When the challenge starts on 15 Feb 2021, teachers can enter the plastic collected by their class to show here.

Class contributions

SchoolClass nameDays participatedTotal piecesPieces per student per dayDigital Uploads

What is the 21 Day Challenge?

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

21 Day Challenge Overview

The challenge will run from 15 Feb 2021 - 15 Mar 2021.

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EACH DAY

Each child picks up 1+ pieces of plastic for 21 days Observe progress towards a goal in graphs. Can we make a difference to our local environment?

DAY 1
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.

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DAY 2
Tohorā / Whales

Learn about Bryde’s whales and why they are special. See ways people are making changes to help protect whales.

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DAY 3
Ngā manu / Birds

Explore ngā manu - bird life on the Hauraki Gulf.

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DAY 4
Ika / Fish and Rimurapa / Kelp

Take a look at the many different species that live in the Hauraki Gulf.

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DAY 5
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!

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DAY 6
Marine Reserves

Find out why Marine reserves are important to the health of the ocean, and where reserves are located in the Hauraki Gulf.

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DAY 7
Kina barrens and overfishing

Look at what happens when the ecosystem is out of balance and kina take over.

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DAY 8
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.

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DAY 9
Plastic Pollution

Where does the plastic come from and what problems does it cause?

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DAY 10
Sedimentation

How does sedimentation affect the living creatures and the water in Tīkapa Moana / the Hauraki Gulf?

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DAY 11
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.

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DAY 12
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.

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DAY 13
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Planning and research. Guided planning charts to map out your ideas.

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DAY 14
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.

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DAY 15
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.

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DAY 16
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Storyboarding. Plan your video.

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DAY 17
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Make your presentation. Learn about different camera angles.

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DAY 18
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Filming. Look at backing music and copyrighting.

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DAY 19
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Filming and Editing. Add text where appropriate.

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DAY 20
Creating a way to share and involve others in caring for our ocean

Finishing up and adding credits.

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DAY 21
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.

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