Saving Our Stream Overview

Session 1:

Up the Creek

Session 2:
Wai… it goes round and round

Session 3:
Oh for a cool stream!


Learning Outcomes

1. name the physical features of their local stream

2. describe its history through stories from mana whenua



Learning Outcomes

1. understand the water cycle and how it relates to their lives




Learning Outcomes

1. identify some of the animals and plants in their local stream

2. understand some of their habitats and life cycles

3. describe the relationships between the plants and animals (food webs) and their reliance on a healthy habitat




Map/s of local area showing your local (nearest) stream To find a diagram showing the water cycle (Photocopy masters) click here. WaiCare resources (see your local Wai Care facilitator)
Photos of your stream (leave room for more to add later) The read the story of Ranginui & Papatuanuku (& water cycle) click here. Stream testing recording sheets are online here.
Books on streams (see resource list and website links) The water cycle experiment is outlined here. The Environment Waikato – How Clean is Our Local Stream report is available here.
Legends, poems, stories, songs relating to streams Enviroschools kit, page 71 (Pepeha and Mihi); Healthy Water page 262 Nga Momo Wai Click here to view Take Action for Water Native Ecosystems
The Whau, our streams, our river, our backyard. Available from the Auckland Council website (includes, maps, history, stories of the Whau and its streams).


Session 4:

Hey! Watch where you chuck your muck!

 Session 5:

Time to come clean

 Session 6:

We’re Scheming for a Clean Stream

 Learning Outcomes. Learning Outcomes. Learning Outcomes.
1. Identify how humans have changed stream habitats and the water quality in an urban environment 1. Understand why streams are significant places, what their value is and whether they should be protected places 1. Identify actions they can take to help protect waterways
2. reflect on the outcome of their actions




Guardians of the Mauri (DVD)  Scenario cards (page 19)  Enviroschools kit Action Tools pages 218 – 226 (see also Poorman Stream case study in this section –‘The River Rockets’); Reflect pages 250 – 274
 The Take Action for Water – Human Impacts (Rata and the Totara) PDF is available here.  Conversations  Click here to download the Take action for Water PDF.
 City Issues: Stormwater