Manaiakalani - Science across high schools

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to the Manaiakalani online resource hub for teachers of Science

Next term's Department Discussion will be held on Thursday November 10th at 3:30. If you're a teacher interested in high school science, we'd love you to join us. This is an opportunity to network with specialist subject teachers across the country, to collaborate and share best practice.

Click here to register and you will be sent an invite to our Google Meet event.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, Nov 10

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Term 2 - Department Discussion with Science teachers

In this session, teachers talked about how to turbocharge students engagement in Science with Create activities. If you would like to know more, the slides have all the resources and below is the recording from the meeting.

CREATE - Science - Manaiakalani Secondary School Department Discussions
Science - Department Discussions (2022-05-09 20:30 GMT-7)

Department Discussions with Science teachers - Term 1

If you missed our first across school's meeting and would like to know more, you can find more information on the slide deck to the right. Unfortunately due to a technical error, the whole session wasn't recorded but the video does give a good introduction to the teachers who attended and their specialist science areas. The slide deck (right) from the meeting, has links and references to learning resources.

Science - Department Discussion

Literacy Aids for Science

Foundation Literacy Standards 2023 v2
Photosynthesis Reading & Comprehension (5)

What does Learn look like in our Science classes?

Teachers from around the country shared their thoughts via a Padlet board.

How can we increase reading mileage in Science?

When students share what they are learning about in Science via their blog, it creates opportunities for students to learn from each other. Moreover, students can engage in authentic online contexts by leaving a comment on another students' blog to continue the learning conversation. This provides the ideal context for students to develop the understanding of what it means to be Cybersmart and how they can write positive, thoughtful and helpful feedback to their peers. If you would like to know more about how this could work with your students contact your Manaiakalani facilitator or get in touch with us via


Wakelet is an aggregator of data, links, images and resources. Create your own and then use the embed and share options to bring your content back to your class site.

Check out the wonderful learning and sharing high school students are doing with their science teachers by viewing the blog feed on the left.

Learn Apps for Understanding Science

Phet have simulations for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science. These are embeddable HTML and HTML5 applications that can run directly in your class site. Each simulation has teaching resources that support the key concepts. You will need to register to get access. It's free and well worth doing. If you do use the Phet Simulations with your students, we'd love to hear how you find them. Contact:Kerry Boyde-Preece