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Teachers, did you make your own unit or activity or lesson plan for this field trip? If so please email it to us for sharing.

Video questions and answers

  • Monday 16 June: Video Questions - Word (45k) | PDF (60k), Video Answers - Word (45k) | PDF (70k)
  • Tuesday 17 June: Video Questions - Word (46k) | PDF (69k), Video Answers - Word (47k) | PDF (74k)
  • Wednesday 18 June: Video Questions - Word (49k) | PDF (69k), Video Answers - Word (49k) | PDF (127k)
  • Thursday 19 June: Video Questions - Word (53k) | PDF (77k), Video Answers - Word (54k) | PDF (83k)
  • Friday 20 June: Video Questions - Word (53k) | PDF (70k), Video Answers - Word (55k) | PDF (78k)
  • Monday 23 June: Video Questions - Word (51k) | PDF (65k), Video Answers - Word (52k) | PDF (75k)
  • Tuesday 24 June: Video Questions - Word (53k) | PDF (67k), Video Answers Word (54k) | PDF (76k)


  • Ocean unit (by Carol Brieseman) a 10 week science inquiry for levels 1 to 4 - PDF (3.4Mb)
  • The Argo Journey - a sorting activity using cards (by Carol Brieseman) - PDF (200Kb)
  • Argo Floats poster (by Carol Brieseman) - PDF (1Mb)


  • Generic Planning Sequence for a LEARNZ virtual field trip - Word (110k) | PDF (180k).
  • Argo Floats Preview. Captioned images from the background pages, packaged in a convenient PDF which you can show to your students as a slide-show, or print to put in your reading area - PDF (1.2Mb).
  • Do a class audioconference summary. Making a class summary of an audioconference is a great way of reviewing the information your students heard. It's easy to do, purely as some text, or as main facts on a picture background. Feel free to use the audioconference summary sheet - PDF (180k). We'd love to share your ideas so please send your class summary to shelley.hersey@core-ed.org.
  • Remember you can listen to the audioconferences again from the audio recordings if you want to gather more information.
  • Adopt an Argo Float. The best way to adopt an Argo Float is to install the Google Earth Argo Application and select a float of your choice to follow - there are plenty to choose from all over the planet. The google earth application will put the location of all Argo floats with their WMO ID numbers (WMO = World Meteorological Organisation) on a Google Earth globe. Once installed it will update itself automatically when you start Google Earth. You can click on any float and get a lot of information about that instrument. It may take just a little while to come up but you will end up seeing the Google Earth map with lots of green dots all over it - these are the Argo Floats. If you zoom in you can focus on a specific float and get a profile of it - its salinity and temperature readings, other information, and even a trajectory of where it has been (looking at currents). Stick with this one Argo Float (ie adopt it) and check as it completes its 10 day cycle and uploads another profile.


  • Watch this cool little video about Argo Floats 
  • WayDownSouth - a compilation of science experiments, information and resources for teachers and children by teacher Carol Brieseman, developed during her 2012 Royal Society Science Teacher Fellowship with NIWA (2018 Note: WayDownSouth was on WikiSpaces but no longer).
  • Search the National Library Collections for resources on the oceans and order digital and printed material free for your class.
  • Futureintech for Students: Futureintech shares the career experiences of New Zealand's technologists, engineers and scientists to help you decide if a job like theirs is right for you.

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