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Welcome to www.starters.co.nz 

starters.co.nz is a web-based subscription resource for schools featuring over 3000 quality pdf, ready-to-use lesson plans including digital resources such as videos and websites that enhance and add depth to the lessons.  

Full access to the lessons library (over 3000 lessons) of starters is by a yearly subscription. When your school subscribes, all teachers at your school have immediate access for 1 year.

Visit our subscriptions page and follow the simple steps.

 

Subscriptions for individual teachers are now available online at $25.00 (plus gst ) per year

Visit our subscriptions page and select this option when asked.

 

 

 

Sustainablity Dates for February 2020 Now Online

Check out dates and links to websites,videos and lessons on Bulletin Board.

 

Check out the following 'very best' educational websites by curriculum area(s).

For February/March we feature TEACHING THE ARTS:

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THE AMAZING REEF - In this movie-making interactive, students can make an animated film about life on a coral reef.

THE ARTFUL PARENT-Over 500 art and craft activities for young students that can be adapted to any age.

ARTS ONLINE (Primary Teaching Resources) - The definitive New Zealand Arts Online Website (TKI) featuring Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Art History etc.

ARTS ONLINE (Secondary Teaching Resources

CREATIVE IDEAS IN DRAMA - Drama games, techniques, practical strategies, and lesson plans for teachers. A great way to start and implement a drama programme in your classroom.

TEACHER VISION - Features Rhythms and Body Percusion, Singing Lesson, Popular Music lesson plans …

TEACHING UKULELE IN THE CLASSROOM - Got a class set of ukuleles but don't know how to teach the ukulele? Look no further than these teaching videos.

MUSIC EDUCATION New Zealand AOTEAROA (Menza) - Extensive and varied music teaching resources for NZ teachers plus all the latest news about everything musical that is happening throughout the country. A music teachers must-have, must-visit website!


HOME SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM RULES.PDF :  [Download pdf]

 Best suited to Years 1-4

• We have rules on our roads, in our communities and at home and at school. 

• These rules should have a purpose.

Rules are best understood and followed if people feel they understand their purpose and have had a hand in making them. The following activities are designed to introduce younger students to the ideas of rules, their purposes and allow them to participate ‘democratically’ in formulating these rules.

 

BECOME A WEEDBUSTER.PDF :  (Download pdf)

Multi-level

Multi-level science, social science, environmental and English based classroom activities. Students explore just what weedbusting is all about, identify weeds to bust and plan and carry out their own weedbusting programme. The unit concludes with spreading the weedbusting message to the local community.

 

ATMOSPHERIC GARDENING AND ENERGY INVESTIGATIONS.PDF :  [Download pdf]

Multi-level

The search engine Google has radically changed the way we can locate information quickly and accurately. One of its great features is we can ask it questions. Simply type in a question in plain English and it is answered instantly.

in this multi-level unit, the following questions and topics are on science and natural science themes and are cross-curricular in nature – lots of discussion, related arts and social science activities.

 

PROTECTING OUR SPECIAL HABITATS AND ANIMALS.PDF :  [Download pdf]

Best suited to Years 4/5-10+

New Zealand has a richness of distinctive and unique habitats including: alpine, drylands, estuaries, forests, freshwater, marine, farms, wetlands and built environments. Put simply, habitats are environments where plants and animals live.  In this unit we explore these habitats to discover the diversity of plants and animals that  live there and how we value them. We then identify pests and diseases that pose threats to these habitats and the measures we must all take to eliminate or minimise these risks. We then apply these learnings to our own district and how and why we must all become part of a New Zealand-wide ‘biosecurity team’ of 4.7 million to protect our environment. 

This 4 page cross-curriulum unit (science, social sciences, technology, English and environmental) is best suited to Years 4/5 – 10+ students

Being able to apply the above study skills to the learning task is one of the most effective ways to help students develop the skills required for independent problem-solving and lifelong learning.

To develop these essential study skills we provide a total of 132 Quiz Cards in the full series.The full programme is suitable for students from Year 4 to Year 10 (and upwards) Start you programme today with the FREE download of 12 Quiz Cards at Level 1. 

Visit Bulletin Board for Free Download Link.

 

A student-centered classroom, or student-centered learning environment, is one where the focus of instruction is shifted from the teacher to the student, with the end goal of developing students who are autonomous and independent, by placing the responsibility of learning in the hands of the students.

This is not new in New Zealand schools and was pioneered by Elwyn Richardson in the 50s and 60s. Richardson is best known for his book In The Early World, published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research in 1964. The book tells of his experience developing his child-centred educational philosophy, and was widely taken up by teachers colleges both in New Zealand and the United States in the ’60s and early ’70s. (http://ea.org.nz/obituary-elwyn-s-richardson-qso)

For an up-to-date American view of this concept, visit this excellent website article which explores the following ideas of turning your classroom into a 'student-centered learning environment'.


Visit: https://www.educationcorner.com/developing-a-student-centered-classroom.html 

 

 

Visit Bulletin Board to check out and download the Exploring the Magic of Water Teaching Unit for Yrs 1-4

PLUS …

links to Watercare Auckland teaching programme lessons and activities for Years 1-10

PLUS …

Dozens of lesson plans for Grades K-12 from the American site Fresh Water Live at:

 https://freshwaterlive.org/resources/lesson-plans

 

Check Out this Major Report and Class Projects on Plastics in the Environment


A new report by Royal Society Te Apārangi explores the use and disposal of plastics and the effects on the environment and human health in Aotearoa. 

The report includes:

•   Plastics in the Environment: Te Ao Hurihuri – The Changing World sets out how plastics are made, used and disposed of. It outlines how plastics enter and accumulate in the environment, and the risks posed to wildlife and humans. • Global plastic production over time • Infographics • Understanding the plastics problem.