Education Resources

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Preschool

Preschool resource Day Not Day

Day Not Day

What happens to make night and day? Start your students on an astronomical adventure!

Preschool Matariki book

Matariki Booklet

Download our free Matariki booklet for your class and learn all about this important star cluster.

Free teacher resource - Sundials

Sundials

Astronomy is a daytime activity too! Get your class making a Sun clock to learn more about Sundials, clocks and the movement of the Sun.

Primary/Intermediate

Space Texting Teacher Resource

Space Texting

Texting is second nature to most of us now. In this resource, learn about the connectivity and 'texting' methods used in space and explore radio and light waves.

Matariki teacher resource

Matariki Wobble

We have more on Matariki! Learn about the helical rising of the stars and have fun with fidget spinners and bicycle wheels in this resource and activity.

Light Teacher Resource

Let's Learn About Light

Light is cool! In this resource, we explore how it bounces, bends and comes in all different colours. 

Matariki - A space/time guide

Need more Matariki? Find out more about the star cluster in this worksheet.

Primary Matariki booklet

Matariki Booklet

Download our free Matariki booklet for your class and learn all about this important star cluster.

Density teacher resource

You're so Dense!

You can't judge a planet by its size! Explore density and mass in this resource.

Free teacher resource

Star Brightness

Learn about why stars have different levels of brightness.

Free Teacher resource

Ancient Asteroids - Part 2

When our solar system was forming, there was gas, dust, ice and rock swirling around our central Sun. Find out more in the Ancient Asteroid Part 2 worksheet.

Free teacher resource - solar eclipses and transits

Solar Eclipses and Transits

Learn more about eclipses and transits and see if you can create one using a rugby field.

Free teacher resource - ancient asteroids

Ancient Asteroids

The Greek word asteroid means ‘star-like’ but it turns out that asteroids are nothing like stars at all!

Free teacher resource - Why planets are different

Why Planets are Different

Our Solar System has eight planets which have environmental conditions very different from each other. Find out more in this resource.

Free teacher resource - the scale of the solar system

Scale of the Solar System

This resource explores the vastness and scale of our Solar System. Shrink down the planet’s astronomical units and discover how big space really is!

Free teacher resource - Astronomical Orbits

Astronomical Orbits

Get to know the orbital patterns in our night sky, learn how they can be observed by using the Moon and create a musical recreation of the planet’s orbits.

Free teacher resource - Rising and setting Sun

Rising and Setting Sun

Explore the movements of the Sun and where it appears above the horizon each day. Observe the shadows it creates in the outdoor activity for further learning.

Free teacher resource - the dark side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

Learn why we see varying shapes of the Moon each night and explore its phases and faces in the accompanying activity.

Free teacher resource - Blood-red Moon and lunar eclipses

Lunar Eclipse

Learn about lunar eclipses, get familiar with the terminology on what happens during an eclipse and discover why the Moon sometimes turns blood-red in this resource!

Free teacher resource - Daytime Moon

Daytime Moon

Unearth the reason behind why we can see the Moon during the day and learn about the waxing and waning phases of the Moon.

Free teacher resource - Gravity Assist

Gravity Assist

Learn about the space-exploration technique of gravity assistance and how this manoeuvre helps send spacecraft further into space.

Free teacher resource - Hunt for another Earth

Hunt for Another Earth

Discover the circumstance and qualities a planet needs to sustain life and design an alien world capable of doing so in the accompanying activity

Free teacher resource - Extra-Terrestrial observatories

Extra-Terrestrial Observatories

Learn how observatories and telescopes both big and small, extra-terrestrial and earth-bound work in this resource and have a go making your own.

Free teacher resource - Exoplanets

Exoplanets

This resource explores exoplanets and methods used to detect them. The activity uses objects and light to teach students how astronomers use these methods.

Free teacher resource - Cassini Getting to Saturn

Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

Get to know the spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens, and learn about its discoveries from studying Saturn and its moons. Make your own Cassini with the accompanying activity.

Free teacher resource - Pluto rediscovered

Pluto Rediscovered

Use this resource and activity to learn about Pluto and its moon, Charon. Inspect detailed images of the space objects to interpret what the images contain.

Free teacher resource - Intro to Dawn and Ceres

Introduction to Dawn and Ceres

Explore the Dawn Spacecraft on a mission to research Ceres, the largest asteroid in our Solar System, and explore the differences between asteroids and dwarf planets.

Free teacher resource - Life on Earth

Life on Earth

It is possible that life began on Earth soon after it cooled enough for liquid water to exist, but the earliest evidence of life came almost 1 billion years later. Find...

Free teacher resource - Hello Earth

Hello Earth

This resource and poster looks at the formation and composition of Earth and the processes which enabled life to emerge on our planet.

Free teacher resource - Changing constellations

Changing Constellations

This resource explains why we see different constellations during the year.

Free teacher resource - Two-sided sundials

Two-sided Sundials

This resource explores measuring time and the cyclic movement of the Sun during the year.

Free teacher resource - Meteor showers

Meteor Showers

What are you seeing when a meteor flashes across the sky? Learn more in this primary resource

Free teacher resource - Comets

Comet

Often called “dirty snowballs” comets are small Solar System bodies orbiting the Sun. Find out more in this primary resource.

Teacher resource - The Pleiades

The Pleiades

The Pleiades (Matariki) is important for Kiwi kids. Take a closer look in this primary resource on the star cluster.

Free teacher resource - Sundials

Sundials

Astronomy is a daytime activity too! Get your class making a Sun clock to learn more about Sundials, clocks and the movement of the Sun.

Secondary School

Space Texting Teacher Resource

Space Texting

Texting is second nature to most of us now. In this resource, learn about the connectivity and 'texting' methods used in space and explore radio and light waves.

Matariki teacher resource

Matariki Wobble

We have more on Matariki! Learn about the helical rising of the stars and have fun with fidget spinners and bicycle wheels in this resource and activity.

Density teacher resource

You're so Dense!

You can't judge a planet by its size! Explore density and mass in this resource.

Free teacher resource

Star Brightness

Learn about why stars have different levels of brightness.

Free teacher resource - solar eclipses and transits

Solar Eclipses and Transits

Learn more about eclipses and transits and see if you can create one using a rugby field.

Free teacher resource - Astronomical Orbits

Astronomical Orbits

Get to know the orbital patterns in our night sky, learn how they can be observed by using the Moon and create a musical recreation of the planet’s orbits.

Free teacher resource - Gravity Assist

Gravity Assist

Learn about the space-exploration technique of gravity assistance and how this manoeuvre helps send spacecraft further into space.

Free teacher resource - Hunt for another Earth

Hunt for Another Earth

Discover the circumstance and qualities a planet needs to sustain life and design an alien world capable of doing so in the accompanying activity

Free teacher resource - Extra-Terrestrial observatories

Extra-Terrestrial Observatories

Learn how observatories and telescopes both big and small, extra-terrestrial and earth-bound work in this resource and have a go making your own.

Free teacher resource - Exoplanets

Exoplanets

This resource explores exoplanets and methods used to detect them. The activity uses objects and light to teach students how astronomers use these methods.

Free teacher resource - Cassini Getting to Saturn

Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

Get to know the spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens, and learn about its discoveries from studying Saturn and its moons. Make your own Cassini with the accompanying activity.

Free teacher resource - Intro to Dawn and Ceres

Introduction to Dawn and Ceres

Explore the Dawn Spacecraft on a mission to research Ceres, the largest asteroid in our Solar System, and explore the differences between asteroids and dwarf planets.

Free teacher resource - Life on Earth

Life on Earth

It is possible that life began on Earth soon after it cooled enough for liquid water to exist, but the earliest evidence of life came almost 1 billion years later. Find...

Free teacher resource - Hello Earth

Hello Earth

This resource and poster looks at the formation and composition of Earth and the processes which enabled life to emerge on our planet.

Free teacher resource - Changing constellations

Changing Constellations

This resource explains why we see different constellations during the year.

Free teacher resource - Stars

Stars Part 2 - Black Holes

In this resource, we’re revisiting the stars to learn more about black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs. 

Free teacher resource - Stars

Stars Part 1 - Nebulae

“We are made of star stuff” is the famous quote from Carl Sagan. It’s true! Find out why with this resource.

Free teacher resource - Two-sided sundials

Two-sided Sundials

This resource explores measuring time and the cyclic movement of the Sun during the year.

Teacher resource - The Pleiades

The Pleiades

The Pleiades (Matariki) is important for Kiwi kids. Take a closer look in this primary resource on the star cluster.