A colourful A3 interactive poster featuring typical animals found along New Zealand rocky seashores, including: barnacles, blue periwinkles, radiate limpet, green chiton, butterfly chiton, rock oyster, catseye, sea-tulip, cushion star, green-lipped mussel, half crab, yellow and white anemone, red waratah anemone, sea urchin, shrimps, sponge. Cut out the pictures of the animals and place in the correct locations on the poster. Great for recognition of the different animal species, their special features and typical locations where they are found. This activity helps to develop emergent ideas relating to habitats, ecosystems, zonation, ecological niche, animal diversity and characteristics.
The poster is laminated light card.
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Ideas and approaches
Primary Years 2–3
- Photocopy the master poster in black and white and give to students.
- Depending on the manual dexterity of the children, have them (or an adult) cut out the puzzle pieces. Having the children perform this task is preferable, since they are forced to look carefully (= observations) at the animals. Store them in a zip-top bag or similar. Place animal pieces on the puzzle in a loose fashion, or use blu tack or velcro for short term mounting or glue in place permanently.
- Simple shape recognition — 'Which one will fit in which space?' Place correctly.
- Children realistically colour in their black and white pictures using the coloured poster as a guide.
- Questions relating to observations: 1) Have you seen this animal before? Where? 2) What is the shape of its body? 3) Talk about some of its obvious body parts. 4) What colour is it? 5) Does it stick to the rocks? 6) Can it move from place to place? 7) Naming games. Which animal is which? Use Māori and English terms.
- Visit a rocky seashore to observe animals found.
Primary Years 3–8
- All the above ideas, but pitched at a higher level.
- Use the interactive poster as an ignition activity for a unit on the sea, or animals or living communities.
- Scientific naming. Research their scientific names.
- Pick your favourite animal and study it in depth. Study in the field. Drawings, observations, view using magnifying glasses. Photograph, video.
- Behaviour investigations: feeding locations, what they eat and how they get their food. What special body features do they have to allow them to obtain food?