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Ultimate Insects!

Episode:94Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

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

Description:There was no television to watch when George Gibbs went to visit his grandad. Instead he played with several thousand dead insects. This fascinating collection was the life's work of his grandad George Hudson.

Questions for students

  1. Watch the Tale again and note any unfamiliar words or phrases. Examples could include 'going bush', 'pioneer naturalist', 'meticulous' and 'campaigner'. Use the 'Words' response template to record and explore these words.
  2. What did George Hudson collect? In what time period did he do his collecting? Why is his collection important?
  3. What are the key ideas in this Tale? What ideas are interesting but not really important? What do the interesting ideas add to your understanding of Hudson as a person?
  4. Hudson's grandson says that Hudson did not consider himself a scientist. From what you know about the nature of science, do you think he was a scientist? Why do you think that?
  5. How did Hudson organise his collection? What would he need to have known about insects to organise his collection like this? What scientific principles was he using?

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