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Social Sciences  |  Years 2 - 8

Child Rights

'For Each and Every Child' is a bilingual picture book explaining the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in child-friendly language and illustrated by notable New Zealand artists produced in collaboration with Learning Media. More resources: Useful photo essays to help illustrate the UNCROC. UNICEF NZ and a group of volunteers from NZ Model UN teamed up to capture a series of images portraying children's rights in action around Wellington city.
Health & Physical Education  |  Years 2 - 8

Traditional Games

A collection of traditional sporting games from around the world inspired by the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Featuring the traditional Maori ball game Ki-o-Rahi. Suitable for a range of ages these can be used in isolation or as a sequence. Students have fun choosing and learning a game from another country.
Social Sciences  |  Years 5 - 8

Child Rights Resources

Resources for teaching and learning about child rights.
Social Sciences  |  Years 2 - 8

Water & Sanitation

14 lessons designed to help students in New Zealand to understand the important role clean water and sanitation plays in their lives and the lives of children around the world. Taking a social inquiry approach, water as a resource is explored, using Tanzania as a case study and students own experiences in New Zealand. Supported by a ppt sharing images, information and activities related to the importance of clean water in Tanzania.
Health & Physical Education  |  Years 7 - 8

Fair Play

A social inquiry unit based on the benefits of Fair Play in formal and informal play situations, ideal for building a fair and cooperative classroom and playground ethos. Students will think critically about why we have rules and how rules affect our lives. They will investigate the concept of Fair Play and how Fair Play can realise the right to play and be included for all children.
Social Sciences  |  Years 7 - 8

Climate Change / Water

An investigation exercise for two to three lessons centered around the state of emergency declared in Tuvalu due to a severe water shortage. Initiates discussion around the fragility of fresh water, climate change and the situation of vulnerable people in the pacific region.
Social Sciences  |  Years 7 - 8

Disaster Response

'The Children's Famine' are powerpoints that look at the famine affecting the Horn of Africa, and outline the causes and how development organisations such as UNICEF go about responding to such crises. Typhoon Haiyan On November 8th, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines causing large scale loss of life and widespread devastation. To see how UNICEF has responded to the emergency over the last 3 months view the photo essay
Social Sciences  |  Years 7 - 13

Map Your World

'Map Your World' is a social mapping resource that can be adapted to suit learners' needs from year 7 through to year 13 depending on the complexity of the issues being investigated. In this resource students will learn about change agents, social and environmental issues, social mapping and how to enact change to make a positive difference in their communities.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 10

The Pacific

Ten lessons aimed at helping New Zealand students understand the Pacific as more than a tourist destination, exploring themes such as geography of the pacific, poverty, climate change, water, education and development aid. The activities can be used discretely or together as a unit. Using a social inquiry approach students think critically about causes of development issues and reflect on their own context.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 10

Children in Conflict - Child Soldiers

Six lessons on the impact conflict has on the lives of children, including child soldiers, children's rights in conflict and the complexity of addressing needs in emergencies. Activities take a social inquiry approach with formative and summative components. Activities can be used discretely or as a unit.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 10


A photo essay and activities covering 4-5 lessons, investigating democracy, and the way young New Zealanders can access their democratic right to have a say on issues that are important to them.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 10

Millennium Development Goals

A single activity exploring the MDGs with specific examples of how countries in the Pacific are progressing in relation to these goals.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 10

Children in Conflict - Refugees

One to three lessons on the current conflict in Syria, designed to give students a general understanding of the conflict, explore refugee movements, and share children’s perspectives of the conflict. Centred around the powerful UNICEF video 'Syrian Children Speak Out', students hear from real children impacted by this deadly conflict.
Social Sciences  |  Years 9 - 13

Children in Conflict - Gaza In Crisis

This photo essay is a snapshot into the conflict in Gaza and how it is affecting children. The crisis is so intense that statistics are changing rapidly. This photo essay refers to the 23 day mark in the conflict and echoes Anthony Lake's call to end the conflict before more innocent lives are lost.
Geography  |  Years 11 - 12

Child Poverty

Ten lesson resource on Disparities in Development Between Countries for Geography Teachers. Assists in teaching Geography Achievement Standard 2.3.