Primary CREST: NIWA What is Weather

The resources for this context have been sourced from the SEREAD educational resources originally designed for teaching and learning programmes in the Pacific Islands.

SEREAD stands for Scientific Educational Resources and Experience Associated with the Deployment of Argo.

The Argo Project is a series floats that move up and down vertically through the water and the information they provide is used to help understand the changes taking place in today’s climate.

The SEREAD programme is sponsored by: NIWA: National Institute for Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand.

Suitable for younger students, this resource is a series of activities which complement current teaching curriculum and demonstrate the value of scientific knowledge through realistic and locally relevant applications.

There are notes for teachers and activities for students teaching them about the fundamental measurements that are used to describe and measure changes in climate and  to understand how scientists use data.

Teachers could use these activities as part of their own units of work or, as a series of  stand alone activities.

These activities are free and easily accessible here (PDF, 1.7 MB).

Teachers may also  wish to use the fully prepared Oceans Integrated Unit Plan (PDF, 3.5 MB).

You may choose to pay $3/student for a Primary CREST: NIWA  What is Weather Award  and CREST badge on the confirmation of the successful delivery and completion of at least 8 of the NIWA/Primary CREST What is Weather activities.

You will need to send a completed Confirmation form and Order form. (Refer to Teachers Book) and send to: CREST, P.O. Box 598, WELLINGTON 6140