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Seaweed – More than Meets the Eye

Episode:69Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Science: Living World Material World

Description:Just what is in your chocolate milk? Simon Morton finds out from Te Papa botanist, Jennifer Dalen.

Questions for students

  1. What is the role of seaweed in the ocean? Describe some of the reasons why it is considered 'one of the ocean's most important life forms.'
  2. When did the commercial collection of agar start in New Zealand? What event started this industry?
  3. Did you know that seaweeds are used in many of the foods you eat? Why has it not been replaced by synthetic materials? After viewing this Tale, what further questions do you have about the use of seaweed in food? Use the 'Key questions' response template to record two or three questions. Find sources of information and make notes for your answers.
  4. What special properties make seaweed so useful in the production of food and other goods? Scientists in different fields, for example, marine biologists, chemists and food technologists, often work together to exploit seaweed's properties. Find out more about how they do this.
  5. Given the importance of seaweed in nature, what conservation issues do you foresee around harvesting seaweed commercially? What can we learn from the harvesting of other life forms for human uses?

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