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Marine Invaders: A Classroom Game Changer

Hey, teachers! Are you ready to embark on an exciting underwater journey with your students? 🐟📚

Today, we're diving deep into the world of marine biology, species identification, and marine biosecurity with the incredible educational game, "Marine Invaders."

Here's how "Marine Invaders" can support your classroom learning goals: 🌊🎮


🦈 Marine Biosecurity Awareness and Creating Citizen Scientists:

Invasive species pose a significant threat to marine ecosystems. With "Marine Invaders," students learn about the impact of invasive species and understand strategies of their spread. By tackling marine biosecurity challenges in the game, students gain a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting native species, but also how to identify and report invasive pest species too.
The Biosecurity New Zealand reporting hotline is right on the box, if you see it - report it!

🦀 Te Reo Teaching Resource:

As educators in Aotearoa, integrating te ao Māori into lessons can be tricky. "Marine Invaders" offers a fully inclusive te reo teaching resource that allows students to learn marine science concepts while honouring the Māori language and culture, including the highlighting of taonga and kaimoana species. It's a fantastic way to promote bilingualism and cultural awareness in the classroom! 

Classroom Idea: You can use an English set and a Te Reo as a language learning tool by comparing the matching sets of cards.

🐋Species Identification:

"Marine Invaders" is survival of the fittest. Through interactive gameplay, students develop their observation skills quickly learn why invasive species have a competitive advantage. It's a fun and engaging way to reinforce species identification and invasion biology concepts. Great activity for a rainy day, or a class that can't make it for a snorkel or a visit to the estuary.

Classroom Idea: You can use the Species cards to play "Guess Who" to focus on morphological differences between New Zealand species

🐚Climate Change Education:

Climate change is affecting marine ecosystems worldwide. Through gameplay scenarios and interactive challenges, "Marine Invaders" educates students about the impacts of climate change on the ocean environment. From rising sea levels to coastal hazards, students explore the interconnectedness of climate change and marine science.

🌧️ Rainy Day Activity

When the rain is pouring outside and outdoor activities are out of the question, "Marine Invaders" is the perfect solution to keep dry and support conversation of New Zealand species in the comfort of the classroom.

🎓Game play is very Quick to Learn
Now we have a How to Play video, it takes less than 2 minutes to learn. Too easy. We would suggest having one deck per 5 to 6 players in the classroom, and splitting your students into smaller groups.

✨ Keep Up to Date

Coming soon are new free Teachers' Classroom resources, so sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date. 

👐So How Do I get My Hands on Marine Invaders?

With a low buy in cost, you can own your own classroom sets of Marine Invaders now. If you require an invoice email us at marineinvadersnz@gmail.com and we can sort that quickly for you. Special prices for more than 15 copies bought for teachers. 

Does your class have a House of Science membership? - we included in the "Invasion Busters / Ngā Kaiārai Kaiurutomo" kit - now available!

Marine Invaders card game is a must-have for anyone passionate about marine conservation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time.


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