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Dig for Victory

Tying in with Anzac Day celebrations and remembrance, this unit explores how vegetables influenced New Zealand’s war effort and why. Using photos and other historical documents, students
will explore what happened at home during World War Two and consider how that might have impacted on their lives if it was today. Finally, students will plan and plant a Victory Garden of their own using a recycled container and look at how changing behaviour and making individual sacrifices impacts on the greater good.

New Zealand Curriculum Objectives:

Social Sciences: Social Studies Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

Level 2: Understand that people have social, cultural, and economic roles, rights, and responsibilities. Understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants. Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions and values. Understand how time and change affect people’s lives. Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.

Level 3: Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws. Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes. Understand how people view and use places differently. Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources. Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways.

Mathematics and Statistics: Geometry and Measurement Measurement

Level 2: Create and use appropriate units and devices to measure length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), turn (angle), temperature, and time. Partition and/or combine like measures and communicate them, using numbers and units.

Level 3: Use linear scales and whole numbers of metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), angle, temperature, and time. Find areas of rectangles and volumes of cuboids by applying multiplication.

Suggested Prior Knowledge

Students will need to have some understanding of a world before supermarkets and an idea of how grocer’s stores worked (that goods were stored behind the counter and that items were weighed out and packaged when requested by the customer). They might find it interesting to examine photos from this time as a way of understanding the differences between then and now.