Mpi Homework Sheets

The Learning Train Rolls on with Free Worksheets

After a long day at school, followed by homework, there’s a good chance your child is going to want to turn off the learning faucet. We understand that, but we also understand that the more kids practice, the quicker they’ll achieve their full educational potential. So we designed dozens free worksheets and printables that will keep the learning ball rolling, but in a fun, informal way. Math, reading, writing, history, civics, science, the arts—all the subjects that are taught in the classroom can be found in our online portals, with many of the worksheets featuring professional illustrations that will keep kids of all ages focused on the task at hand. Want to further accelerate the learning? Break out a stopwatch and tap into your child’s competitive spirit by challenging him to complete an entire multiplication worksheet in less than a minute. Better yet, keep track of how long it takes him to complete in a fill-in-the-blank story page, then hand him another one and see if he can beat that time.

There are many fantastic resources available for use during Seaweek. We have listed those useful for teachers and others, so check out the downloads, ideas, references and links below. For more information see our links page to see what else is happening around New Zealand and the Globe.

New for Seaweek 2018!

Scroll down the page to find even more fantastic resources from previous years.


Science Learning Hub resources from the Sustainable Seas Science Challenge

Just in time for Seaweek and our LEARNZ virtual field trip, the Science Learning Hub has published 4 new teaching resources based on Sustainable Seas research, and another will go live this week.
These ones are about stressors, tipping points and ecosystem connectivity:


Hauraki Gulf Forum Poster 2018

This Seaweek, don’t miss your Hauraki Gulf Marine Park poster – free with the Weekend Herald – and Dive Into the Gulf.

As well as immersion in compelling artwork by renowned wildlife artist Dave Gunson, the Young Ocean Explorer App will reveal new video content linked to an interactive documentary with videos from Young Ocean Explorers. You can download the YOE App here.

The poster will also encourage exploration of dive locations around the Hauraki Gulf and consider some of the issues requiring greater awareness and care.

Get yours free in the Weekend Herald this Saturday 3rd March.


Activity Guide for Collins Guide to the NZ Seashore

Useful activity guide for teachers to help them get the most out of this fantastic new book about the New Zealand Seashore. Full of ideas and entertaining and educational activities for students. You can download the activity guide here. Produced by the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.

Find out more about The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore here.



Sir Peter Blake Trust: Kermadec Voyage 2018

Image: Malcolm Francis / Stuff

From 26 February – 9 March 2018, 20 student voyagers, and 25 adult crew members, will embark on an expedition to the Kermadec Islands on board HMNZS Canterbury. One of the most remote and biodiverse spots on the planet, this untouched region has much to teach New Zealand and the world around climate change and ocean health.
Teachers: Connect your Classroom

Classrooms and students can connect and engage in this Young Blake Expedition by following our blogs, photos, and videos as they come in or you could “Ring an Explorer”. Find out how to schedule a phone call via SAT phone here.


Twinkl Seaweek Resources for Age 0-3

Two pages of special Seaweek resources for the little ones are collected together in one handy place on the Twinkl website:



Seafood NZ: Fact Sheets

Seafood New Zealand has created a series of fact sheets. These are used as part of their education programme in schools, but also provide some interesting information for everyone. You can find them all here:


Seafood NZ: Precision Seafood Harvesting by Sandford



Diving into Marine Resources Free Online Webinar


This free online professional development webinar, Diving into Marine Resources, is now live online on the Science Learning Hub.

The Science Learning Hub is very excited to introduce Steve Hathaway, amazing underwater cameraman and the founder of Young Ocean Explorers, as our guest for this session. Join us in exploring a variety of marine resources, including DOC’s latest marine resources, and listen to Steve talk about his experiences filming in the marine environment.

This session will be of interest for both primary and secondary school teachers and valuable when planning for Seaweek (3–11 March) – “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.

We encourage you to join our discussion about marine education and Seaweek – register in our online discussion forum on Slack. We also have a large number of other Seaweek resources on the Science Learning Hub.

All those who answer the questions in the registration forms, attend the live webinars and participate in the follow-up discussions will receive a certificate.

Adobe Connect virtual conference room

Link to our virtual Science Learning Hub Conference Room:

Using Adobe Connect is easy, but if you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, we recommend you test your connection here: and check to ensure you have the latest version of Adobe for optimal viewing.

Note that you do not need to register in Adobe Connect. You are joining as a guest, so just type in your name and select ‘enter’ to join the session.


Young Ocean Explorers Interactive Website

If you haven’t discovered this brand new website from marine superstars the Young Ocean Explorers then you are missing out. Jam packed with videos, polls, quizzes and more this engaging resource is guaranteed to keep children exploring the underwater world for hours. The perfect teaching tool there is a special guide for teachers and parents to help you make the most of this incredible resource online at


Revive Our Gulf: The Power of Mussels Experiment Worksheet

New from marine restoration group Revive Our Gulf is a worksheet for schools to enable teachers to easily show students the power of mussels as ecosystem engineers and water cleaners. Also included is a dissection guide for a lab class.

You can download the worksheet as a PDF by clicking here.


How to Create A Marine Reserve Proposal

Trustee Vince Kerr has recently completed the first stage of a web site project for the Mountains Sea Conservation Trust community engagement programme. It is called: ‘How to Create a Marine Reserve Proposal‘

The idea is to use the experience that the Trust has gathered in a decade of advocating for marine conservation to gather all the information, documents, case studies, advice and educational resources into one place. This will be an invaluable help and support to communities wanting to protect their marine environment in the future.


New Resources for Marine Metre Squared

New for 2018 from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre is the popular educational colouring book: The Rocky Shore Who Eats Who which has been translated into te reo Māori.

Copies of “Te Ākau Pōhatuhatu: Ka kai ā wai i ā wai?” are now available from the NZ Marine Studies Centre free of charge (though there is a small fee for postage and packing. Download the order form.

Alternately a PDF file of the book is available to download by clicking here. Plus you can visit the website to find many other resources, including our shore ID guides, in te reo Māori.

Mm2 Mobile App

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre team have developed a mobile app so you can look up animals and plants and enter information about what you find in your metre square whilst you are on the shore!

Go to to download the app.

It is still in test phase, so let them know how you get on.


The Collins Field Guide to the New Zealand Seashore

Check out this brand new guide – it is full of wonderful photographs and information about the habitat and behaviour of New Zealand’s intertidal plants and animals. Essential if you are doing Marine Metre Squared work to help with identification.

The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore not only assists with identification of more than 350 species living in the intertidal zones, but explains how these animals survive.  From snails and sea stars, to bivalves and brachiopods, each has its own section in the book, making it easy to use.

It’s in all good bookshops now and is an essential addition to every home and classroom.


Project Jonah’s World of Whales Kit

Developing compassion and respect for marine mammals is key to what Project Jonah does. They believe children play a vital role in the future of these animals. Because they’re serious about getting the message of animal welfare across, they’ve teamed up with Barbara Todd, to bring the magical world of whales and dolphins to you.

Through the World of Whales educational resource kit, Project Jonah will help you teach kids about these animals and their environment, so they can play a bigger part in the protection of marine mammals in the future. See the kit in action here.

The kit includes lesson plans on whales and other interactive resources and is FREE to all NZ schools. Read full details about the kit and Barbara Todd – and order your own kit here.


Seaweek 2018 Posters, Certificates, Banners and Logos

We have designed some stunning new Seaweek 2018 posters and certificates for you to download and print yourself. Unfortunately we don’t have a printer sponsor for 2018 so we won’t be able to make any hard copies available this year. Click here to download the A3 poster and click here to download the A5 certificate (print quality PDFs)






LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip

Explore our oceans and the issues affecting them on one of LEARNZ virtual field trips. There are lots of relevant topics to choose from here:

The team from LEARNZ have collaborated with the Sustainable Seas Science Challenge to develop a new virtual field trip during Seaweek (3-11 March 2018) called “Sustainable seas – essential for NZ`s health and wealth” (Term 1 starting 6 March 2018). On this trip your students will tackle a major New Zealand problem: the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment. There is a growing conflict between these many uses of our marine environment. How can we manage these many uses? How can we meet the needs of Māori, local communities and industry? How do we make sure that our seas are understood, cared for and used wisely now and in the future?

On this field trip you will travel to Tasman Bay on the top of the South Island. Here you will join Sustainable Seas researchers who are developing a special tool to answer these questions. This tool is called ecosystem-based management (EBM). Your class will get involved in marine science activity and explore the different ways that Kiwis use and value our coast and seas.


Science Learning Hub Resources

The awesome folk at the Science Learning Hub have put together a special page for Seaweek 2018 here.

They also have a heap of other very relevant resources you might like to explore starring some Seaweek favourites:

Young Ocean Explorers: Our Gulf:


New Term, New NZ Marine Science Resources

School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge and Science Learning Hub. Find the new resources here.

Marine ecosystems are critical to Kiwis’ health and wealth. There is increasing recognition that we need to change the way we manage marine resources if we are to sustainably develop our marine economy while protecting the taonga of our marine environment.

Ecosystem-based management (EBM) – a holistic and inclusive way to manage our marine environments and the competing uses for, demands on, and ways New Zealanders value them – is a way to do things better. Sustainable Seas is developing EBM knowledge and tools will help marine resource managers, Māori, industry and communities to assess the effect that developing an opportunity will have on the marine ecosystem, other marine activities, our values and our cultural connection to the marine environment.


The Ocean of Tomorrow

What will the ocean of tomorrow look like?  Global warming and ocean acidification have varied and often invisible effects on the marine ecosystem. We rely on the ocean for a variety of resources including food and the air we breathe.  We need to understand what these effects could mean for the future health of our ocean – and ourselves – so we can predict, manage and slow down the negative impacts.

To increase understanding of these issues, the NZ Marine studies Centre has produced a new teaching resource for high schools.  “The Ocean of Tomorrow” is designed to help teachers and educators deliver lessons in the classroom that focus on the impact of climate change and, more specifically, ocean acidification on the marine environment. Working through this booklet, students will act as scientists, carrying out experiments and investigating the effects of ocean acidification on the ocean around New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.

The resource book was launched during Seaweek 2017 at a teacher workshop at Logan Park High School in Dunedin. There will be demonstrations of the activities and experiments and Associate Professor Miles Lamare will talk about his research into marine larval response to ocean acidification.

Free workshops for teachers will be run around the country during October and November 2017.  Bookings are essential by emailing:

Production of the resource book was supported by the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust and the Ocean Acidification Research Theme based at the University of Otago.

Download the order form for the book by clicking here.


Managing Mangrove Guidelines

NIWA have released a new Guidelines on Managing Mangrove (Mānawa) Expansion in New Zealand.

You can download it by clicking here.


Hauraki Gulf Posters 2017

As part of Seaweek 2017 the New Zealand Herald published a series of posters produced by the Hauraki Gulf Forum in association with Young Ocean Explorers. You don’t need to live near the Hauraki Gulf to enjoy these Posters. It features many species found around the coastline of New Zealand.

They feature many of the animals found in the Gulf’s near-shore, mid-water and deep water environments – and Riley Hathaway!


Get the YOE Explore the Gulf Augmented Reality App

Young Ocean Explorers are excited to provide an awesome Augmented Reality App for free along with the Explore the Gulf posters! Load the App onto your Apple or Android device and add some cool multimedia features to your printed poster!

  • For Apple devices, go to iTunes to download the YOE app for iOS
  • For Android devices, go to Google Play to download the YOE app for Android

You can also find the App by searching for “YOE Explore the Gulf” in the App store on your device.

Don’t have a poster?

You can download and print your own copies from or request hard copies by emailing

Department of Conservation’s Marine and Coastal Resources

DOC have put together a fantastic collection of marine and coastal themed teaching resources, activities and field trips for free download here: These include:

Habitat Heroes: Explore your local marine environment

Inquiry unit | Levels: 1-4 | In the environment: This resource supports outdoor exploration of the marine environment. The activities can be adapted to suit your local context.



Harbours, bays and estuaries teaching resource

Unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Learn about the species that depend on our estuaries – the places where freshwater and saltwater meet.




Marine reserves

Unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Learn why a trip to a marine reserve is a great opportunity to study marine life in its natural habitat.




Our own gold coast

Video and unit | Levels: 3-4 | About the environment: Explore the importance of sand dunes and the impact of losing them in this teaching resource. Find out about the largest coastal plant protection programme in the southern hemisphere.


Rocky reef snorkel survey teaching resource

Unit | Levels: 3-4 | In the environment: Help your students learn about their local marine environment. View and download the rocky reef resource kit and teaching guide.



Seabirds factsheets

Factsheets | Levels: 2-4 | About the environment: These factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.



Tāiko/black petrel education resource

Inquiry unit | Levels: 2-4 | About the environment: This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.

LEARNZ “Marine Mammals” virtual field trip for schools

Term 1 starting 28 February 2017

Did you know that we are loving our terehu (bottlenose dolphin) too much? Dolphin-watching and swimming with the dolphins is an important part of New Zealand’s local and regional economy. Many people are attracted to the Bay of Islands to see them. But only one in four of the Bay’s terehu calves make it to adulthood and there are now fewer than 100 terehu visiting the Bay of Islands on a regular basis.

How can we protect these amazing animals and keep them in the Bay? On this field trip during SeaWeek, you will find out about terehu and other marine mammals (kekeno – NZ fur seal, maki – orca, and ika moana – whale).

Find out more here:


Fish4all – NZ Recreational Fishing Reporting Smartphone App

Download the Backgrounder document by clicking here.

Download for free: This App provides a fun and easy way for you to record your catch on your smartphone. Why? Because it helps to enhance fisheries management. Available on iPhone and Android. Download for free by clicking on the icons below:

Fun and Easy: This fun app is so simple any person of any age in New Zealand (grandparent to grandchild) can use it. Fish4all helps you keep a virtual catch log, shows you how others are catching so you can see how well you do and allows you to take pictures and brag to your friends while at sea. Just follow the simple instructions from our cool mascot “Sammy the Penguin”. Click here to learn more.

Enhance Fisheries Management: Your data is critical in building a picture of local, regional & national recreational fishing interest. While you are the only one who can see your stats everyone’s information is collated to build appropriate profiles on recreational catch and effort. Click here to learn more.


Live Albatross Nest Filming

Watch live footage from the Royal Albatross colony on Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula here:

Started streaming on Jan 30, 2017

Welcome to Royal cam – streaming live from our northern royal albatross colony at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin. A young albatross pair are currently taking turns on the nest, keeping their egg warm. Look for their colour bands – the male bird has blue-black (BK) colour bands and the female has red-blue-black (RBK).

Go to to watch highlights, leave a comment, or ask questions. DOC ranger Lyndon Perriman will be on hand to answer your questions.

DOC staff are present daily, monitoring this nest and over 20 others found on Taiaroa Head/Pukekura this season.

Northern royal albatross or toroa, have been nesting at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head since 1938, and the colony is now over 100 individual birds. They are one of the largest seabirds, with a wingspan of three metres!

A Southern Tale

A newly published paperback book by South Island writer Joanne McDougall, set mostly underwater in the Southern Ocean and is essentially a there and back chase, as an endangered NZ sea lion tries to catch her dinner. It features penguins, a fearsome shark and other aquatic animals. If you visit my website and go to the book page, you can peek inside. Though the fish, shark and dolphins are just generic and designed to be recognisable, the other animals are species specific and their conservation status is listed in the back. It demonstrates the aquatic food chain in a fun way. Available in libraries and bookshops.


Science Learning Hub Seaweek 2017 Resources

The wonderful team at the Science Learning Hub have put together a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials grouped under possible teaching topics especially for Seaweek 2017. These include a professional development session for teachers.


NIWA Teacher Resources

NIWA’s educational resources and scientific data are tools for young people to learn about science.

They provide a range of free online resources that cover the ocean, freshwater and coastline that can help you with classes during Seaweek.


Research vessel Algalita has embarked on an expedition to the Southern Hemisphere to investigate plastic pollution off the coasts of Chile and Easter Island and within the South Pacific Gyre. They will be at sea between November 2016 and March 2017. Click here to join our crew!

Algalita bridges real-world science with real-time solutions to inspire teachers and students to find their place within the movement to combat plastic pollution in their own schools and communities.

Marine scientists are calling on the public to help them get a better idea of the distribution of large brown seaweeds along New Zealand’s coast.

Brown seaweeds, including the familiar bull and bladder kelps and Neptune’s necklace, are an important part of the coastal ecosystem. They provide shelter for other species and buffer the coast from waves and erosion. But little is known about their distribution, and NIWA scientists have launched a NatureWatch citizen science project to encourage people to post images and GPS location data for their local beaches.

Marine biologist Roberta D’Archino says large brown seaweeds are disappearing from many sites throughout the world, but there is too little data to track their abundance along New Zealand’s coastline. Such a baseline is necessary to monitor any changes in the future for any of the 12 species of brown seaweeds found in New Zealand.

Kate Neill, who is also part of NIWA’s coast and ocean group, says large brown seaweeds are underrepresented in museum collections because it is difficult to preserve large specimens in a herbarium.

She says the distribution data is only one part of the project. The team also collects the seaweeds to culture them in the laboratory to test them under changing acidity, temperature, light and sedimentation conditions.

They are also developing a camera system to monitor changes in seaweed beds in the shallower waters along the coast. The research is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

You can hear more about New Zealand’s seaweeds in this Our Changing World story with NIWA’s Wendy Nelson.

Citizen Scientists Wanted to Monitor the NZ Shoreline

Visit to register and become a Citizen Scientist!


Free Marine Resources

Did you know there are hundreds of marine-theme activities and resources that you can download free of charge from the NZ Marine Studies Centre website?  Board games, crafts, shore activities, posters guides and worksheets – there is something to appeal to all ages.


In addition you can order copies of our printed booklets and guides, including:

Rocky Shore Teacher Activity Book (just reprinted)

Rocky Shore Who Eats Who Educational Activity Book

Mudflat Mysteries Educational Activity Book

Rocky Shore ID Guides (North and South Island Guides, in English and Māori)

Sandy and Muddy Shore ID Guides  (North and South Island Guides, in English and Māori)

Check out our resources, and download an order form:



Hauraki Gulf Forum Poster Series

The Hauraki Gulf Forum has produced a series of 3 free posters given away with the NZ Herald newspaper for the last 5 years. Back issues of posters from the last 5 years are available at:

Seaweek 2017 Posters and Certificates

Our stunning new Seaweek 2017 posters & children’s certificates are currently with our fabulous printer sponsor DSP Print Group Ltd getting printed and will be available from 1 Feb. Click here to find out how you can get hold of yours.

Download and print our event poster template

by clicking on the image (left) for a JPG version




Seabird Identification Guide

It’s Sea Week, so here’s Forest & Bird’s new seabird guide, especially for fishers. Download it by clicking here.

The flyer features 15 of the most commonly seen (and caught) seabirds in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty regions. It includes tips on how to avoid catching seabirds when fishing and ways to safely release them if you do.

Would your organisation like extra copies to give away or distribute? If so, email the lovely Melissa at m.irace@forest& to order your waterproof copies.



LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips

LEARNZ is a programme of free virtual field trips taking students to remote places all over New Zealand, Antarctica and beyond. Let us take you there!

LEARNZ marine reserves virtual field trip to Goat Island: A 2011 virtual field trip still accessible and relevant to support real sea week field trips or as a stand alone classroom experience.

LEARNZ Raoul Island virtual field trip: This 2012 virtual field trip was part of a Sir Peter Blake Expedition and travels aboard the HMNZS Canterbury all the way to the Kermadec Islands. The field trip explores what an ‘expedition’ is, sea life in the sub tropics, catching sharks, looking for whales and lots more!

LEARNZ Argo Floats virtual field trip to the Pacific Ocean (Tonga Trench): This 2014 VFT was aboard NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa to the Tonga Trench in the Pacific Ocean, to deploy deep Argo floats to explore the ocean down to 2,000m. The field trip explores the international Argo Float programme, the world’s oceans, properties of the sea, salinity, analysing data and lots more!

For more information contact: Pete Sommerville email: Ph (027) 229-4690


Creative Junk – Make your own Sea Creatures

The team at Creative Junk have created a special Pinterest Board here: with ideas on making sea creatures out of recycled junk specially for Seaweek!


Tāiko/black petrel education resource from DOC

This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.

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