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Worksheets and factsheets that we've found or created that can be used to support freshwater learning in and beyond the classroom. More will be added as we come across or create them.

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Investigate macroinvertebrates
sandy-bottomed stream

Taupō for Tomorrow

How to sample a sandy or muddy-bottomed stream for macroinvertebrates/freshwater critters.

  • Very simple instructions

  • Using low-tech equipment that can be found at home

  • Designed to be accessible for families as well as schools.

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Is my awa healthy?

Taupō for Tomorrow

Simple guide to help lead discussion over river health.

  • Appropriate for ECE to senior levels - simply adapt the complexity of the investigation.

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Freshwater birds - Taupо̄

Taupō for Tomorrow

Common birds around Lake Taupо̄

  • Side by side so you can observe their differences

  • Questions & facts to spark curiosity

Trout Anatomy Worksheet

TROUT ANATOMY

Taupō for Tomorrow

​Beautiful artwork by Sonia Frimmel

  • fill in the names of the organs

  • answers provided

Whitebait Worksheet

WHITEBAIT

Riverscapes for Kids | DOC |

NZ Fish Passage Advisory Group

  • Created with input from actual scientists

  • 2 pages of facts and fun

Invertbrate ID key

INVERTEBRATE ID CHALLENGE

NZ Landcare Trust

  • Students use written clues to work through a key (flowchart) and identify freshwater critters

  • Potential to flip the concept and ask students to create their own key (=algorithm)

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HEALTHY STREAM HABITAT

CAREXUniversity of Canterbury

  • Combine science and art

  • Could be done prior to investigating a stream, then re-visited afterward to see the similarities

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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WATERWAY SCAVENGER SEARCH

CAREXUniversity of Canterbury

  • Simple scavenger hunt 

  • Items may not be appropriate to your area, but use as a base to make your own

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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WETLAND SCAVENGER SEARCH

CAREXUniversity of Canterbury

  • Simple scavenger hunt - for wetlands

  • Items may not be appropriate to your area, but use as a base to make your own

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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Investigate macroinvertebrates
Stony-bottomed stream

Taupō for Tomorrow

How to sample a stony-bottomed stream for macroinvertebrates/freshwater critters.

  • Very simple instructions

  • Using low-tech equipment that can be found at home

  • Designed to be accessible for families as well as schools.

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Pātai and ponderings

Taupō for Tomorrow

Questions and facts to lead discussion when collecting macroinvertebrates.

  • Use in conjunction with 'Investigate macroinvertebrates' resources.

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Critter ID guide

Visual guide to common macroinvertebrates - water critters

  • English & Te reo

  • Numbers indicate tolerance - lower numbers mean the insects will survive even if the water is polluted

Tu momo wai

NGᾹ MOMO WAI- TYPES OF FRESH WATER

Classify freshwater using mātauranga Māori

  • Use as a fact sheet or a poster

AwesomeEels worksheet

AWESOME EELS

Riverscapes for Kids | 

NZ Fish Passage Advisory Group

  • Created with input from actual scientists

  • 2 pages of facts and fun

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OBSERVE LIKE A SCIENTIST

CAREX University of Canterbury

  • Activity to develop observation and inference skills

  • Good prep activity prior to heading to a stream

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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INVERTEBRATE SAMPLE COUNTING

CAREXUniversity of Canterbury

  • Simple classify and count exercise for in the field

  • Graph results on a simple bar chart

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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HEALTHY HABITAT CHECKLIST

CAREX University of Canterbury

  • Have students find the key indicators of healthy aquatic habitat

  • Discuss whether all of the items need to be present for 'healthy' habitat

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box

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BIOMONITORING FACT SHEET

CAREXUniversity of Canterbury

  • Technically not a worksheet!

  • Simple, visual explanation of 'indicator' species in waterways

  • Help to make sense of field data

  • Part of a greater Biodiversity Box