SOLO Projects and Curriculum Resources Online

Projects, teaching units, lesson plans and NZQA quality assured assessment material developed for Sinclair, Knight and Merz (SKM), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), The Auckland Council, and TrackSAFE (Aus).

New Zealand Transport Agency – Keeping Safe Around Trucks. Curriculum resources for young people to contribute, connect and extend their ideas about keeping safe around trucks on New Zealand roads. These resources are designed to support deep learning. Learning activities are mapped against Levels 1-4 of the New Zealand Curriculum, which loosely align with Years 1-10 of school. This means teachers can use these resources to select suitable learning experiences for students in primary, intermediate or secondary (Years 9-10) classes.*
Coverage includes:Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education

NZ Transport Agency – Everyone is a road user: This NZ Transport Agency resource encourages primary and intermediate school students to act as citizens, to find the “wicked problems” around safer journeys for road users in their local community and to actively listen to the different perspectives on how these problems might be fixed. It prompts students and schools to work with others, to see the “wicked problems” for safer journeys as community challenges (problems and opportunities), and to seek community-based “clumsy solutions” that will increase the likelihood that road users will experience safer journeys. Finally the resource encourages schools to become knowledge producers for their local communities – collecting, creating and curating stories about how they and others ensure safer journeys on their local road networks for pedestrians, cyclists and passengers. The NZ Transport Agency resource contains a “wicked problem” investigation and 18 differentiated learning activities/experiences to meet curriculum expectations in English, Maths and Statistics and Science in Year 1 to Year 8.

TrackSAFE rail safety education initiative brings train and track safety into the classroom, using student-centred learning activities that are aligned with a variety of Australian Curriculum Learning Areas. Using SOLO Taxonomy in the design of learning experiences promoting strengths based rail safety education for students and their communities. Learning Resource Centre: Stage 2: Secondary curriculum resources for CLAs English, Health and PE and The Arts. Year 7 and 8 and Year 9 and 10. Refer High School Teacher Curriculum Resources and the High School Student Curriculum Resources

NZ Transport Agency – Citizenship and the Official New Zealand Road Code This resource has learning experiences that use the Official New Zealand Road Code to integrate learning for citizenship within broad contemporary social issues for safer journeys in New Zealand. This provides a contextualised learning programme to help students meet NCEA Literacy and Numeracy requirements. Designed using SOLO Taxonomy the learning experiences are set at three levels of understanding: bringing in ideas (SOLO multistructural), relating ideas (SOLO relational) and extending ideas (SOLO extended abstract).

NZ Transport Agency – Rail Resources These curriculum resources support New Zealand primary students learning to stay safe near railways, especially the electrified rail networks being established in Auckland, and already in place in Wellington. Teachers can download resources for English, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences. An overview and list of ICT resources are also supplied. All resources are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum using SOLO Taxonomy. Teachers can select and modify learning intentions and activities to suit the needs of their students.

Essential Resources: SOLO Flyer – What is it? What does it do? Why should I bother? How can I implement it? Email me if you are thinking about sharing SOLO Taxonomy with students in your classroom or school and would like a copy of the flyer.

TrackSAFE rail safety education initiative brings train and track safety into the classroom, using student-centred learning activities that are aligned with a variety of Australian Curriculum Learning Areas. Using SOLO Taxonomy in the design of learning experiences promoting strengths based rail safety education for students and their communities. Learning Resource Centre: Stage 1: Primary curriculum resources for CLAs English, Health and PE and The Arts. Refer Student Portal

NZ Transport Agency – Kia Pai Tō Haere is a flexible curriculum resource for Māori Medium Schools that provides guidance for teachers planning contextualised learning based on a kaupapa that keeping whanau safe on a journey is everyone’s work. The resource is designed using SOLO Taxonomy and the New Zealand Curriculum. Learning areas: Te Reo Maori; Pangarau –Ahuatanga; Putaiao- O Ahupungao; Hangarau; Tikanga-a-Iwi; Nga Toi- Te Mahi-a-Rehia; and Hauora/Hakinakina – Waiora. (Level 1 to 4). With Maria Sheridan and Ruth Tate from Evaluation Associates.

ACC Safety Detectives Programme. SOLO designed learning activities for children aged 7 to 11 so that they may become fall risk management advocates for parents, family and friends. Press release ACC Minister Judith Collins. Programme developed in response to an entry by the Jollands’ family in Taupo into the ACC Falls Innovation Competition. Programme trial with students in Taupo, Napier and Hastings.

Auckland Council: The new old Mangere Bridge School Consultation Project. Finalist for the IPANZ Public Sector Awards in the Integrity and Trust Category for the public engagement for old Mangere Bridge. Student responses can be read in the NZTA Old Mangere Bridge Replacement Community Engagement Report pdf
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Essential Resources: SOLO Tips for the Essential Resources Teacher Planner This well designed planner has a weekly planning diary with space for note taking, to-do lists and tips using SOLO taxonomy to assist with teaching students the language of learning. It includes relevant teaching ideas for English, mathematics, science, history, teacher support and more. You will also find great templates for organising planning and teaching groups.

NZ Transport Agency: Secondary Science Internal Assessment Resource: Achievement Standard 90936: Demonstrate understanding of the physics of an application. Students prepare a report on the physics involved in applications for crash avoidance or crash protection and explain how the phenomenon works in this context. This is a Quality Assured Assessment Material certified by NZQA.

NZ Transport Agency: Secondary Science Resources This series of lessons uses SOLO Taxonomy to help students meet achievement objectives at Level 5 of Science – Physical World in The New Zealand Curriculum. Problem solving, experiments and activities help students develop conceptual understanding of force and motion through the context of technologies used for road safety and safe stopping.

NZ Transport Agency: FEET FIRST Walk to School Initiative These materials have been written using the Hooked on Thinking Differentiated Planning Template, the New Zealand Curriculum and SOLO Taxonomy as a model of learning outcomes. Check out the curriculum materials, teacher directed inquiry units and student inquiry scenarios. NZC Levels 1 to 5

NZ Transport Agency: The BIG Event Curriculum Resources Curriculum content developed for the NZ Transport Agency exploring safe travel to a big event. As with the Feet First initiative these materials have been written using the Hooked on Thinking Differentiated Planning Template, the New Zealand Curriculum and SOLO Taxonomy as a model of learning outcomes. NZC Levels 1 to 5

SKM Learning Today – Sustaining Tomorrow Teaching Resources A collaboration with Sinclair Knight and Merz and Epsom Normal Primary School to produce a draft unit on teaching sustainability. The draft teaching resource materials exploring environmental, social and economic sustainability was developed using the Hooked on Thinking Differentiated Planning Template, the New Zealand Curriculum and SOLO Taxonomy as a model of learning outcomes. NZC Levels 1 to 4

NZ Parliament – Explore Parliament Learning about democratic processes through interactive games (Flash animation): Zilargoye. Ultimate Flizilbee. Create a Bill