Aratiatia Critter Catchers

Aratiatia team were all very excited for our trip to the Turangi trout centre. 

We had planned tasks as a learning journey activity this week, some children had used these to entertain themselves and their friends on the way there and back.

The Aratiatia team embarked on a jam packed day exploring, catching, classifying and learning about ‘Our Place’ and how everything works together to make it healthy. 

We learnt about food chains and food webs, how everything is interlinked and if you remove the balance it all falls over. We made a food web model.

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Caleb: The food web actually needs everything to be in balance to work.

Maddox: We learnt there is a difference between a food chain and a food web

Discovered that we need all of the parts in equal amounts to keep the web working. Relating this to ‘Our Place, Taupo lake’ we explored all the different important parts of its food web, from the sun to the trout, to the mirco creatures and plants. 

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Nathan: depending on the types of bugs you find in the river will tell you if it is healthy and clean.

Hana: catching the invertebrates was cold but fun. The river is healthy

Next we went off to see if Tongariro river is a healthy river, we had to check if it was clean, cold and what critters were living in it. We had great fun catching, cataloging and classifying the different critters we found. We even managed to catch a baby trout which we kindly put back in the river.

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Think the catching the critters was a fun cold experience, only one near soaking for room 9. 

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We had a great day and the children learnt a lot.

Laila: Watching the trout inside the viewing area was amazing watching them digging in the river.

Amelia: Watching the trout jump out of the water and grabbing the food we were feeding them on their way back was exciting.

Emma: I loved watching all the different fish, seeing them interact with each other.

View our video Turangi Trout centre here

Keywords: Nature, Ecosystem, Trout, Taupo, Turangi, Science, 

Attributed to: Taupo for Tomorrow, Turangi Trout Centre, Aratiatia, Greening Kids Taupo, Taupo/Turangi District council, Room 9, Room 11, Room 12

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