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Episode:5Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Science: Living World, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description:Our biggest seabird has an unlucky reputation, despite being one of our most graceful animals. But why does Te Papa need a collection of 2,000 dried albatross?

Questions for students

  1. Why is the albatross considered to be such an unlucky bird? Read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge to discover the origin of this myth. Do you know of any other birds or animals that have unfortunate reputations? How could you find out more about this topic?
  2. Why does Te Papa need a collection of 2,000 albatrosses? What information can the bodies and body parts of these birds offer scientists?
  3. What is camphor? Why is it used in the albatross collection? Do you know of other ways in which it is used? Where does it come from?
  4. What do you know about albatrosses in New Zealand? What questions occurred to you as you watched this Tale? How could you go about answering them? Use the 'Key questions' response template to record your questions and notes from other sources.
  5. Why were the people on the bus referred to as 'typical New Zealanders'? What is it about their behaviour that is typical of New Zealand?

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Key questions