Excitement over Paddle Crabs
The arrival of some frozen paddle crabs sent thrill waves across the school. Children handled, probed and examined the crabs. They formed ideas about the crabs, particularly on how they moved, by using evidence from what they noticed and inferred.
Did Alice see a moa?
In 1880 Alice McKenzie, a 7-year-old child then, saw a moa at Martins Bay, South Island...or did she?
Children became science detectives as they tried to solve this real life mystery of whether Alice McKenzie was indeed the last person to see a little bush moa. They pieced together evidence (description about the bird's appearance and behaviours) from Alice's recounts, and stacked them up against researched facts on moas or animals that looked similarly, e.g. takahe.