Rivers are a significant part of our natural landscape – they offer habitats for animals, support biodiversity, provide spiritual connections and much more. This Miniclip visits New Zealand's three longest rivers – the Waikato River, the Clutha River, and the Whanganui River. Students will discover geographical facts about each river, as well as how rivers are formed and why they are such an integral part of our natural world. Show Less
Heat waves, tropical cyclones, droughts, tornadoes, hailstorms, floods, and severe thunderstorms. These are all examples of extreme weather that shape our landscape. But what exactly are they and how do they happen? This Miniclip explores each of these extreme weather types and examines the natural and human influences that cause them including climate change, the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean currents and more. Show Less
Some of Earth’s magnificent landforms are caused by erosion and weathering. But what is erosion and how does it change the Earth’s surface so drastically? This Miniclip explains the process of erosion including the various mechanisms such as water, wind, ice, and mass movement; defines sediment and deposition as part of this process; and explains how human influence has increased its prevalence through global warming and deforestation. Show Less
Some of Earth’s magnificent landforms are caused by weathering and erosion. But what is weathering and how does it create magnificent structures on our planet? This Miniclip explains the process of weathering including the two main types: mechanical and chemical. Students will learn the different natural impacts on this process such as water, temperature change, wind, oxidation, and more. Show Less
Students read, sing and learn about various natural phenomena that constitute disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.), the work of agencies around the world that step in to help those affected when these occur, and responsibility for protecting our environment. This curriculum-aligned song targets outcomes of curriculum documents and supports and integrates classroom learning across key subject areas. Show Less
This video explores the environmental impacts of renewable sources of energy including solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, and biomass fuel.
This video explains how animals adapt themselves to the changes in their environment.
This video describes the changes that occur in the light and heat that we get from the sun, as the day progresses.
This video identifies the different parts of the plant and describes their importance.
This video teaches students how to identify the male and female parts of a flower and explains how flowers grow fruits.
This video explains how plants make their own food and how the energy is transferred from to other living organisms.
Despite how solid our planet's crust might feel beneath our feet, did you know that it’s actually changing all the time? This programme explores the composition of our Earth, how the surface is divided into tectonic plates, and the history of the movement of the tectonic plates including the supercontinent Pangaea. It also explains the different types of plate boundaries that exist and the different landforms that can be found at each of them respectively. Show Less
What is the unexpected shaking of the earth’s surface that we call an earthquake? In the first part of this two-part series on earthquakes, students learn about the characteristics of earthquakes and the locations where they can be felt. The video also explains why and how earthquakes are formed at different plate boundaries due to the tectonic movements underneath them. Show Less
Why are earthquakes so dangerous and what can we do to minimise their impacts? In the final part of this series on earthquakes, students learn about the various dangers of earthquakes and their consequences, while also learning about the actions people can take in order to adapt to and live with these tectonic events. Show Less
Given how dangerous volcanoes are, why do people still choose to live close to these deadly mountains? In the second instalment of a two-part series on volcanoes, this video will teach students about the various dangers of volcanoes and their consequences, as well as the different economic and social reasons that entice people to continue living near them. Show Less
What are volcanoes and how are they formed? In the first instalment of a two-part series on volcanoes, this video will teach students about the characteristics of these geological features and where they are found. The video also explains the different types of volcanoes – composite and shield – and how they are formed at different plate boundaries. Show Less
This video explains what artificial satellites are and what they are used for. It provides a very brief history of artificial satellites, and covers some of the key terms related to artificial satellites. The video also covers the uses of satellites including Spuknik 1 and 2, the International Space Station, communication and meteorological observations. Show Less
In this video, students will learn about the two poles found in all magnets. They will discover these poles are the regions of strongest magnetism, that unlike poles attract and like poles repel each other, and how a freely suspended magnet always comes to rest in the north-south direction. Show Less
This video explores how an electric torch works and its different components including the bulb, electric cells, switch, and outer body. Students will learn that when switched on, a metal strip moves beneath the switch and the bulb glows, giving light and heat. Show Less
In this video, students will learn how a parallel circuit works, including how each component is placed in its own separate loop, and that the failure of one component will not affect the working of the other components. Students will discover that parallel circuits are found in the electrical wiring of most households, which explains how the lights in the house don’t stop working when a TV or fan is turned off. Show Less
In this video, students will learn how a series circuit works, including how the components are joined together in one continuous loop and if one of its components malfunctions, then the other components also stop working. Students will discover that if an additional light bulb, besides the existing ones, is added to a series circuit, the glow of the bulbs becomes dimmer. Show Less
To make an electric circuit, some components like a power source (cell), a switch, and a load are needed. This video will teach students that a cell is a source of electric current with positive and negative terminals, a switch is a device that closes or opens a circuit, and how an appliance uses the electric current in the circuit in order to function. Show Less