Mike’s News Apr 20

22 Apr    Earth day www.earthday.net
23Apr-23May Ramadan http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/tp/ramadan-hub.htm
25 Apr Save the frogs day www.savethefrogs.com/day/  www.nzfrogs.org/
25 Apr World malaria Day http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/malaria/en/index.html
26 Apr 1986 Chernobyl  www.world-nuclear.org/info/Safety-and-Security/Safety-of-Plants/Chernobyl-Accident/
27 Apr NASA scientist for a day NZ comp essay due. nzspaceagency@mbie.govt.nz
3-9 May NZ Immunisation Week www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
5 May World Asthma day http://asthmafoundation.org.nz/
6-12 May NZ Sign Language Week http://nzslweek.org.nz/
6 May National School Nurses Day (NZ)
Moon NM 23 Apr       1Q 1 May       FM 7 May       3Q 15 May      


  1. Literacy
  2. Pedagogy: A couple of differentiated activities to use while teaching remotely-
  3. Professional reading:
  4. Digital support
  5. SouthSci funding for your STEM project up to $20,000. Send in your expression of interest now, full application due 1 May. cometauckland.org.nz/southsci
  6. Squawk Squad has 150 extra spots to participate in their Term 3 Antarctic programme. Sign up here– spaces will go quickly! If selected, your class will participate in an 8-week interactive programme focused on learning about Climate Change via an expedition to Antarctica – you’ll receive lesson plans, videos, competitions … (if you later realise you can’t participate, just let them know and your spot can be allocated to someone else). 


  1. Geology:
  2.  Biology:
  3.  Astronomy:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5.  Physics:
  6. Science: MoE has made available a number of lessons for years 9 & 10:
  7.  Digital
    • Mr Science: Sterling Cathman shares a fun science program live, online at 11am Mon – Fri while in lockdown https://mrscience.co.nz/ [House of Science]
  8.  Primary
    • This year’s Primary Science week is 11-15 May.  The NZ Association of Primary Science Educators has a load of ideas for you to try out. The theme this year is “Sounds of Aotearoa”.  https://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/psw2020/
    • MoE has made a number of science lessons available for years 1-4 and years 5-8.
  9.  Revision
    • StudyIt is for NCEA science (& other) students, & has info about what’s needed to achieve each external std, general study & exam advice and discussion forums. Particularly useful for scholarship. New address https://studyit.govt.nz & now works better on mobile devices. Available during lockdown.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Check out 42 On-Demand Webinars from Share My Lesson’s Virtual Conference 2020
  2. On 7 May 4-4:45 pm Science Learning Hub is offering PLD on Sound, to support Primary Science Week (11-15 May). Simple activities using easy to source equipment. Valuable for years 1-10, supporting learning science at home. Register here.

Cheers, Mike