RESOURCES

This page contains links to websites that will help you find information that you can use for the Summer Learning Journey programme this year. The title of the programme is 'The World Around Us.' Further down, you will also find general educational resources for students, parents and teachers.


RESOURCES FOR THE 'WORLD AROUND US' PROGRAMME

  1. Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand lets you search for information, stories and pictures relating to all aspects of life in New Zealand. This will be really helpful as we take our journey around New Zealand!

  2. Tourism New Zealand has created a web page dedicated entirely to the 'Nature and Wildlife' of New Zealand. It is full of great information about the natural world in New Zealand.

  3. Media New Zealand has also created an informative website about the natural world in New Zealand. Click here to view some beautiful pictures and to learn more about it!

  4. In New Zealand we have a special organisation called 'DOC' - the Department of Conservation that works tirelessly to protect and preserve our natural world. To learn more about their work, please visit the New Zealand Department of Conservation website.

  5. The Science Learning Hub in New Zealand has created a fabulous website that you can use to learn more about hundreds of environmental topics. Be sure to check it out!

  6. Topic Explorer is a free topic-based search engine that has been designed by the National Library for schools. It is changing and being updated all the time in response to requests from schools. Topics include: Disasters, Anzacs, Myths and Legends, Rocky Shore etc. This is a free website available to use.

  7. Geography for Kids is a geography-based learning website where you can research information about the earth and the atmosphere. There are interactive games and videos to watch!

  8. The Lonely Plant website has a number of fantastic resources related to the national environment in New Zealand.

  9. Mocomi is a fun and exciting site which has many topics for students to explore. On this site you can find a great clip explaining sustainability which will help with many activities on this years' Summer Learning Journey.

  10. National Geographic for kids has a vast amount of information to help you on your journey understanding our world. You can learn about climate change, discover different animals, and much more.  

  11. The Plastic Pollution Coalition has a mission to create a world free of plastic pollution which has toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.

  12. The World Wildlife Fund has created a petition to save the endangered Maui Dolphin. To learn more about the dolphin and sign the petition, please follow this link.

  13. The students at Flaxmere Primary School recently created and performed a special production based on a current environmental issue facing New Zealand - kauri dieback. Click here to read an article in the New Zealand Herald about their amazing efforts. 

  14. Hilary Barry, co-host of the television programme Seven Sharp, recently traveled to Northland to learn more about kauri dieback. Click here to watch a video about her experience.

  15. One of the things that makes the Summer Learning Journey so special, is that you can share your learning with other students around the country! Click here to be taken to the Twitter feeds of all six clusters. You will be able to see when any of the students from these clusters posts to their blog.

  16. Click here to learn how to write quality comments on the blogs of others. Remember, each quality comment is worth 2 points!


GENERAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

  1. We have some great blogging activities here at the Summer Learning Journey, but if you want to keep learning while you're out in the great outdoors, check out our friends over on the Wild Eyes website! They've created some exciting nature-based missions for you to complete and things that you can make.

  2. Kiwi Kids News - This is an online newspaper written for primary and intermediate school students. It is full of interesting stories and is worth a look!

  3. The New Zealand government has created a website dedicated to the history of different regions of New Zealand. You can hop online and learn more about this awesome country of ours! There may be information on the website that is useful for completing the Summer Learning Journey programme.

  4. If you have an Auckland Libraries card, you can click here to access their homework support services.

  5. Draw and Tell is a cool app made by Duck Duck Moose that you can download to your Apple device. It lets you draw and record your own stories that you can share with your friends and family.

  6. Quick Draw is a super fun doodling website. See if the computer can guess what you've drawn before the clock runs out!

  7. The New Zealand Book Council has recently partnered with a school in south Auckland to create an amazing trailer for a book called 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' For access to fantastic stories, visit your local library and borrow a book today! To find out where the closest library is to you, check out the New Zealand National Library website

  8. Kiddle is a junior version of Google that is really easy to use!

  9. Any Questions is also a great site to use as you can ask a librarian (online) for extra help to find the information they are looking for.

  10. FunBrain is a cool website with links to popular books and educational videos for students in Years 1 - 8.

  11. A website called 'Recycle' provides cool ideas about how recycling improves the environment and provides a path to sustainable living.

  12. Hectors World is a website where you can learn about cyber safety in a fun and interactive way.


GENERAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
  1. The Learning@Home website was created by the Manaiakalani Evaluation team at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre (University of Auckland). It has information and resources that can help parents support children in their learning at home.
  2. Reading Rockets blog site lists 11 different ways that you can help improve your child's literacy skills
  3. Check out the Manaiakalani Cybersmart page to learn more about being Cybersmart, and encouraging your children to make smart decisions when they're online.
  4. NZ History is free online resource for those interested in learning more about the history of our country.
  5. Papers Past is a repository of newspaper articles from 1839 to present. You can even research your family history on this site. it is amazing what you might find!
  6. The New Zealand Government has created a website with practical information for parents and carers. The site has dozens of resources for parents to use to help their children with reading, writing and maths.
  7. Netsafe has great resources and articles that can

    help parents navigate the internet safely. It also has ideas and

    tips for parents to support their children to be smart while using the internet.

  8. Parenting Digital

    has provided links to 5 great TED X talks that about raising children in a digital age.

GENERAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
  1. iBooks Author lets your write and distribute your own textbooks.

  2. Looking for a fun way to promote good behaviour in the classroom? ClassDojo is free to use, and lets you award points to students for things like asking thoughtful questions, and completing homework on time. You can also set up a weekly report to parents.

  3. Danni, one of the MIT teachers for 2018, has developed a text bank for teachers to aid in the delivery of an engaging literacy (writing) curriculum.

  4. Jacob, an MIT teacher in 2018, has spent the year creating a website for students that establishes a learning link between student's e-asTTle consoles and their leveled learning tasks in reading.

  5. Clarelle, a 2018 MIT teacher, has explored mechanisms for building vocabulary use in mathematics education. Check out this website for resources to build vocabulary acquisition in maths for primary school students.

  6. The Smithsonian museum in the United States has created a digital site for teachers to use. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a great place for teachers to go and access free resources and/or create your own!

  7. Netsafe has a number of helpful resources for classroom teachers. 

  8. The National Library has provided resources to help school provide effective library learning environments that support students develop as readers and digitally literate learners.