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Short activities to focus on science capabilities 1 & 2

Paddle Crabs                 Did Alice see a moa?                    
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.

 Little Bush MoaProduced by Heritage Materials Imaging FacilityMay 2006Equipment: Cruse CS 185SL450 Synchron Light ScannerSoftware Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0This file is property of Te Papa Press Alice in her 80'snews: Alice-Margaret Leaker's grandmother Alice MacKenzie (1873-1963) saw a moa when she was 7 years old recording the event in her diary at a later date.It recieved wide spread interest and publication. photo squires. story yvonne martin
 A moa  foot
 Working out how big a moa foot is
 A moa foot made by Year 2 children