Ultimately the WW1 Discovery Box is about developing research skills - searching, refining, persevering via the lens of First World War stories. The When We Search Fact Sheet is designed to support your students to research independently. We encourage you to make sure that every student has one.

Our kits are always free but they do come with certain time-framed conditions.  Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a flipgrid, a sample of student work or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe.

Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you and your students.

Key information regarding this kit

The Read Me sheet in the box contains crucial information. It is important you understand that the items' stories cannot be understood without visiting the accompanying website.

There are no rules with how you decide to use this box but we thought you might like some suggestions.

Senior Primary:  Consider using the items as symbols of the people they represent. Have each student read the story of their item, find the soldier records. Then utilise one of the resources from the Teacher Resource page and turn the item into a character for the students to write letters to or design food items for.

Intermediate: Your students should be aiming to achieve the first 3 research tasks.  All are bespoke and customised to the individual item.  We would suggest utilising the Pinterest Boards to help them in their quest.

Junior Secondary: This will depend on the ability level of your students. The tasks are rich and varied and you’ll need to support your students by introducing them to the platforms. Because students will engage with a range of primary and secondary research material there is the opportunity to set this up as an assessment. Each item’s story is independent and genuine and has the ability to be researched much further. 

Every story/item has a corresponding Pinterest Board where we’ve pinned a huge amount of starter content - please do not underestimate how much these might save your teacher sanity. Depending on the level of your students you can choose to introduce these up front or keep their existence a secret.

It’s been our privilege to work with schools and the relatives of these soldiers to put this box together. We have loved it more than any other project we’ve produced so far.  


teacher feedback


Q: There is so much in the resource- how do I know what to consider for the age group I teach?

A: We encourage all teachers to take the time to explore the resource- you can download and explore each of the teacher guides below. Each has suggested year levels to help guide you:

Q: What do I need to know about this kit?

A: This kit provides a meaningful context to teach research skills to students. They will love exploring the platforms and websites included in the resource and will discover some fascinating stories.

  • These resource kits have been developed in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Auckland Museum.

  • Your kit contains 32 tangible items (a mixture of both 3D and paper-based items) in addition to a Fact Sheet for your classroom wall, link to a bespoke website and a Pinterest Board.

  • Each item in the Discovery Box will link to a unique story about the First World War that we have uncovered in NZ schools.

  • They are original stories of heartbreak, hardship and unrealised potential that will help cement your students' understanding of this devastating period in our nation's history.

Q: When School Kit refers to ‘non-negotiable’ what exactly does that mean?

A: It means that is the minimum expectation and it is what you have agreed to do, when registering for this kit. In this instance you agreed to have your students explore the resource and research some/all the items within the kit. There is a date that you agreed to send us feedback by, for the WW100 Kit and that is 4th June, 2019. Feedback will be in the form of responding to a few very short questions, on a link we will send you closer to the due date. You will be asked to upload a photo or teacher feedback there also. It is not designed to be an arduous task- it is what we use to help us deliver the best resources possible and the sponsors of the kit will get to see what wonderful learning is taking place in classrooms across NZ, thanks to them.

B: What if I time gets away on me and am only part way through, by the due date?

A: We have absolutely no problem with feedback part way through the teaching process. We just love seeing students working with the kit and this can take many forms. If you are unlikely to meet the deadline we do ask that you make contact with us on hello@schoolkit.co.nz, talk to us about options and we will help put a plan in place.

Q: Where can I find inspiring ideas for the WW100 kit?

A: Join the School Kit Face Book Squad, if you are not already a member and then search ‘ANZAC’ or ‘WW100’ and you will see all the postings that teachers have shared. This is a great way to glean ideas and you may see something that sparks an idea you may have never thought of. Remember to also check out the Teacher Feedback above for this kit.

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