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Activity: Friends and enemies of harakeke – Levels 1-4

Achievement Objectives - Whāinga Paetae: Te Pū me te More

1.1 & 2.1 Learn about the needs every living thing has in order to survive. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: (p.99) Te Ao Tūroa, Te Rauropi 1 

Ngā Whāinga Paetae: Te Weu

3.1 Learn about the special features of organisms that help them to stay alive. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: (p.100) Te Ao Tūroa, Te Rauropi 1 

Learning Outcome

I will be able to:

  • name plants used as insect repellents
  • name animals that harm harakeke
  • explain how some animals harm harakeke
  • name animals that are helpful to harakeke
  • explain how animals are helpful to harakeke.

Success criteria

Success criteria Self-assessment Peer assessment Teacher assessment
I can name plants used as insect repellents.                  
I can name animals that harm harakeke.                  
I can explain how some animals harm harakeke.                  
I can name animals that are helpful to harakeke.                  
I can explain how animals are helpful to harakeke.                  

Read about the animals below in: ‘ What’s been eating the harakeke?’.

  • Harakeke moth
  • Cicada
  • Wētā
  • Bag moth
  • Flower longhorn beetle
  • Thrips
  • Passion fruit hopper
  • Tūī
  1. Which of these animals damage harakeke?
  2. Which of the animals are helpful to harakeke?
  3. Which of the animals eat the harakeke leaves?
  4. Which animals suck the harakeke sap?
  5. Which of these animals are pests?

Examine a harakeke bush during the day and at night to see if you can find any of these animals. Which are the most and least common of these animals?

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