9 September 2018

Telling the Time in Te Reo Maaori (with VIDEOS)

Have you ever looked to find out how to teach  the time in te reo Māori only to be confused at the various ways to do this?
Originally I started making this time resource because someone asked for time cards that could be used alongside my timetable resource. It has developed in to a “He aha te tāima?” "What’s the time?" resource. Teaching time involves number and skip counting in 5's-an awesome way to integrate te reo into your maths programme. Making it has made me a little bit sharper with telling the time! When you need to learn how to say or do something the best way is to teach it. As  kaiako we can use that to our advantage 😊

To begin with I recap counting from 1-12 in te reo Māori. If I wanted to teach Juniors the time I would  teach counting from 1-12 in te reo , how to say o’clock and then how to say the hours. E.g Rua karaka-two o’clock,
Kaiako: He aha te tāima? (Show a digital and analogue clock)
Akonga: Rua karaka
They would love to wear these watches (ngā wati) around and ask "He aha te tāima?"

So what is a clock? Well it’s just a circular number line. This will help when thinking about or learning to skip count in “5”s.
There are heaps of ways to consolidate counting in 5’s with abacus, stringing beads, fingers and hands etc. Here are some other parts of the learning sequence.

Two phrases you will need to know are-
"mai i te" past and "ki te" to
Mai means from  and ki means to 
There are variations on how to ask what the time is. I know how frustrating it can be when you are teaching a phrase or word only to be told it’s incorrect.
What I have learnt from my MANY tutors, institutions, friends, books, iwi and online is that there ARE variations for many phrases. If you have a strong hapū / iwi to advise you for your area, or your local kaumātua they are your first people to ask. The cool thing is to listen to the stories or explanations around these words/phrases and how the meaning has come about.

“Ko te aha te wā/tāima?” “Kua aha te wā/taima?” Kei te aha te wā?” are some of the ways to ask “What’s the time?”. The cool thing with te reo is that the clue to answering the question is in the beginning of the question. E.g “Kua aha te wā? “ Kua...." “Ko te aha te wā?” “Ko te…….”
Of course tāima is a "modern" word for time and wā is another word for time (space of time).

This resource gives you the “body” of the answer that can be added to. E.g tekau karaka (i te ata)
10 0’clock ( in the morning.) Expressions of time are included in the resource.
There are cards included that have some of these variations on them.
There are some worksheets to support writing the time as well, and the ākonga can practice telling the time with their own clocks and flash cards.

I am sure your learners will have a blast with this resource. I know for me it has quickened up my response to telling the time :-)
The resource is available HERE:
Payhip ($NZ)
TpT ($US)

If you are learning with your ākonga I can guarantee you will be empowered when those times just roll off your tongue.


26 August 2018

Te Reo Maaori Workshops for Kaiako

Kaiako mā
Are you looking for some inspiration, new ideas and support to kick-start or re-vamp your te reo programme?
I am offering Professional Development to kaiako in mainstream schools who are:
* looking for new ways to integrate te reo throughout their day
*teaching Years 0-8 (ECE kaiako would also find it helpful)
* wanting a scaffolded approach to their te reo lessons
*part of the school’s Māori curriculum team
*te reo Māori kaiako responsible for teaching room to room
*beginning their te reo journey
*mentor teachers
*Tumuaki (Principals)
I am thrilled to be bringing the te reo Māori classroom to the above locations.
On completion you will have a kete of resources to help you:
*extend your te reo into other areas of your akomanga
*implement second language teaching techniques
* further engage learners through games and activities
*integrate te reo into your reading programme
The kaupapa is the same as the successful workshops that were held in Dunedin/ Ōtepoti and Christchurch/ Ōtautahi 
Spaces are limited to 35.

Location and address
Nayland Primary School
225 Nayland Rd
Stoke Nelson
October 4th

Queenspark School
222 Queenspark Drive Parklands Christchurch

Saturday October 6th

Te Manawa Museum
326 Main Str
Palmerston North
October 8th

Torbay School
Deep Creek Rd
October 11th

1 June 2018

M A T A R I K I 2018

Many kaiako are looking for new activities and resources to acquire deeper understandings of Matariki. There is so much information available now and with some creativity there is no need to have to resort to just colouring in a bunch of gold stars.
At a recent wānanga I held we work-shopped some fun activities to deepen our knowledge  of recent findings by Māori astronomy experts (Tōhunga kōkōrangi) around Matariki.
There are various Matariki stories and Rangi Matamua mentions in his awesome book the stories we have come to use as reliable pūrākau. However, many of these stories have been “borrowed” from Greek myths and do not have Māori origins or understandings.
Recently there has been a resurgence in Māori astronomy. This makes it possible to  access  Māori information around the stars and their meanings. Astronomy was woven into so many aspects of Māori life and was indeed part of every season and played a big part in survival.
Findings have shown that there are in fact nine stars visible in the Matariki cluster and these whetū were the original cluster of stars that Māori used to navigate. They were seen as tohu for how the year was going to pan out.
Did you know that each of these stars have a domain that they connect to?

Rehua and Matariki are the parents who produced the whetū in this cluster and each has its own purpose and meaning.
Waipunarangi (female)-The rain.
Waitī (female)-Streams, fresh water and the creatures within.
Waitā (male)-Te moana, the sea, and the many foods gathered from it.
Tupuārangi (male)-Kai from above. Birds and berries.
Tupuānuku (female)-Kai from below. Food grown in the earth.
Ururangi (male)-The wind.
Pōhutukawa (female)-Remembering those who have passed on.
Hiwa-i-te-rangi (female)-Wishing star.

Wondering about where to start when introducing Matariki?

This resource begins with the story of Tāwhirimātea and how his eyes came to be the stars of Matariki. Hence the name “Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea.” The Eyes of the God Tāwhirimātea ”or Mata ariki.

The story comes with beautiful colourful illustrations and a black and white version, so your learners can re-write their own stories. You could also make a sequence story or a class collaborative pūrākau.
One bonus of this resource are the magnetic pictures included. 

These can be cut out, magnets placed on the backs and your learners can interact with them making up their own versions or retelling the story. At the workshop each rōpū had part of the story to retell and then we put them all together. This is a great activity to be added to your reading or language choices. You or your learners could add dialogue-fill in speech bubbles or act out the scenes. You could add different backgrounds and drawings, take photos and add to seesaw. This is a good opportunity to add kīwaha or kupu Māori as part of the conversations between characters.

Now it’s time to talk about each star and its domain. This resource has 9 posters of each of the whetū with pictures as prompts to remember their domains.
This can help you come up with more activities or Inquiry.

For example you could talk about Ururangi-the rain star and Waitī and Waitā in a conversation or activities around the water cycle. “Wai” means water. Or how about making shaving cream clouds as an experiment on how clouds form, or evaporation experiments. Get creative!

The collaborative poster “Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea” is wicked! It fits in nicely with the Matariki collaborative (same size) and we had heaps of fun working with each other to get the right colours. This has 25 pieces and would be awesome for teachers or whānau to complete too.
If you wanted to talk about Ururangi and how like Tāwhirimātea he influences the wind you could use this template included in the resource or make your own manu aute, manu tukutuku or manu kāhu (kites).

As well as all of this there are the popular star ball decorations and tirama tirama, the te reo version of twinkle twinkle.

The star balls are one per A4 sized paper. I think they would be a good activity for a small group-each responsible for one of the whetū.

This is definitely a great addition to your Matariki kete mātauranga!
If you are looking for an awesome Matariki resource I can recommend this one!
We had fun 😊

 (Whole School License)
Would your learners like this Freebie Matariki card?
If it looks familiar its the same picture as the Matariki Collaborative :-)

10 May 2018

Matariki Workshop for ECE and Junior Classes

I am really excited to offer these workshops in Auckland.
As with all of my workshops we will "play" with the resources specially made for the kaupapa (topic). This kaupapa is Matariki or "Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea"-The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea.
One of the main focuses will be on looking at some Māori perspectives of Matariki rather than westernised adaptations of this special celebration.

Our work will be around:
*Using te reo questioning or language integrated with play
*Counting and number- Matariki themed
*The Matariki story
*Star crafts and meanings
*Using some simple language in rhymes and waiata

We will include strategies around pronunciation in simple activities to support teachers while they learn too!

Three venues and dates for you to choose from:

Kohia Teachers’ Centre
Gate 2, 72 Epsom Ave
Friday 25th May 1:00-4:00
Kaurilands School
Atkinson Rd
Saturday 26th May 10:00-1:00
Pasifika Community Centre
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
Gate 1, L Block
Newbury Street
Friday 1st June 1:00-4:00

For registration information click here

28 March 2018

Te Reo Maaori Resource B I G Bundle

I’m super excited to offer this te reo Māori bundle of resources based around our Level one curriculum guidelines-

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools:
Years 1-13.

It is part of our NZ Code of Professional responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, that all teachers practise and develop the use of te reo and tikanga Māori.

This bundle will help you when planning your whole year of te reo.
The resources can be used for a range of year levels and would be particularly timesaving for the person in charge of the te reo planning in a school. They are all able to be adapted and made to suit Years 1/2-6.

Value packed. (298 pgs). Seven titles

*1.1 Greet, farewell, and acknowledge people and respond to greetings and acknowledgments
*1.6 Understand and use simple polite conventions, for example, ways of acknowledging people, expressing regret and complimenting people

Based on the te reo Māori A/O 1.1 the resource has 5 beautiful posters that will help you begin your te reo journey with your learners
Hello to one
Hello to two
Hello to three or more
Goodbye to those staying
See you at another time
Thanks so much
These are stunning enlarged and look beautiful accompanying these resources.

Achievement Objective 1.2
"Ko Au-Me"
We have used the neutral form of "taku" (my) in this resource. This aligns with "He reo tupu, he reo ora" teaching resource put out by the Ministry of Education.
*Introduce themselves and others and respond to introductions
Learning Intentions:
• recognise, understand, and use familiar words about ourselves and our whānau
• recognise, understand, and use short phrases about ourselves and our whānau
• ask and answer simple questions about another person’s whānau
• use ordinal numbers to tell my or someone else’s place in the whānau
• ask and answer a question about my or someone else’s age

There are plenty of activities and support materials in this pack.

Achievement Objective 1.3
*Communicate about numbers, using days of the week, months and dates
This te reo Māori Maramataka (calendar) resource will be so helpful. For the whole school, all learners can benefit in some way. Includes:

*both sets of Days of the Week with posters explaining the meanings behind the Māori Language Commission names (Did you know Rāhina was named after Māhina the moon?)

*Ordinal numbers-How to say the 1st, 2nd etc


*How to give the full date

*How to ask “When is your birthday?”

*Fantastic mini book with all these facts as a reference. Older learners can make activities (word search, games puzzles etc) to teach others.

Maramataka is black and white so you can colour code the days, months and numbers to suit.

BRIGHT POSTERS. Packed with so much learning at any level!!

Achievement Objective 1.4

*Communicate about personal information, such as name, parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapū, mountain and river, or home town and place of family origin

Writing a pepeha can be a little confusing for learners. This te reo Maori resource has visuals and explanations to help with the understanding of a pepeha.

Bright and engaging, this should make the process easier.

Achievement Objective 1.5
*Communicate about location
This te reo resource was made to help teachers and learners simplify understanding “locations” or prepositions (Tūwāhi).

It incorporates speaking, reading, writing and fun activities.

This can be used in mainstream and rumaki/ bilingual classes as the teachers’ instructions are in English and worksheets are in either te reo only or English.

Resource includes:
*Location posters (which can be made into a book)

*Word picture matching activities (In black and white-print on coloured paper)

*Self-correcting sentence making activity (In black and white-print on coloured paper)

*Writing correct location words under picture (Tuhia te kupu tika o ēnei ki te wāhi e tika ana.)

*A foldable first reader book which can be taken home to share with whānau!

Achievement Objective 1.7
 Use and respond to simple classroom language (including asking for the word to express something in te reo Māori).
There are three awesome resources in this classroom language section-

This lovely collection of te reo, with English, timetable labels are bright and engaging. They offer more than just subject labels. Every day teacher prompts, phrases and words are included.
Karakia, roll call, values, karakia for kai, news, morning tea, lunch, brain food, snack, brain break, maths/numeracy, reading, silent reading, science, sport, run, fitness, swimming, Library, spelling, handwriting, Inquiry, topic, waiata, assembly, hui, mindfulness, art, mat time, writing, literacy, digital fluency, social studies, finishing off work, computer time, health, te reo, poetry, choosing time, music, golden time, play time, group discussion, workshop, buddy time, oral language, whānau time, R.E, kapa haka, creative writing, silent reading, tidy up time, homework, discovery time, special event, Finished home time, see you tomorrow, see you next week, wash your hands….

Are you looking for an easy way to integrate more te reo Māori in your classroom?

This resource has 60 plus phrases (rerenga kupu) and words (kupu) to help you with more te reo on a daily basis.

The format is the same as the Te Reo Classroom Timetable so it fits in well if you are a selective decor person!

Rerenga kupu/kupu include;
Stand up
Sit down

Be brave/ hang in there
Very good
You can do it!
Have a good day
I had a good day
I'm sorry

Tidy the room!
Line up here
Line up over there
Let's go
Work hard
Open the door
Shut the door
Take off your hat
Put on your hat
Where is your hat? (popular!!!)
Take off your shoes
Do you understand?
Can you help me please?
Don't talk
Lets begin the karakia
Lets begin the song
What's wrong?
What's the Māori word for...?
Who will start?
Think carefully
Be careful
Go to the playground
My bad!
Come here
Go away
Give me
Give to
What's this?
What are these?
Look at me
Look away (over there)
Listen to me
Talk to me
Don't forget
Follow me
Are you ready?

I know these will be really valuable if you are just starting your te reo journey beside your ākonga.

As well as these phrases/words there are other replies and words to be learnt from the labels.
A fun resource :-)
FEELINGS/ Ngā kare a-roto
Do you want to take your learners from asking “How are you?” to “How is she/he?”

Do you want to include kīwaha and every day conversational reo in your programme?

If so, this rauemi is for you and your learners! The expressive characters will help with the identifying and understanding of the feelings/emotions kupu.
fed up/frustrated



*27 “feelings”

*1 set bilingual (te reo Māori/English)

*1 set te reo Māori only

*E pēhea ana koe? and Kei te pēhea koe?

*6 kīwaha (colloquial sayings- call outs)

*Mini book-Ākonga make and read, this promotes reading and is a great take home activity to share with whānau.
(This is the same resource which is sold separately “Kei te Pēhea Koe.” Mini book)
Soooo... plenty of timesaving right there!
As a special extra-a Collaborative Poster. "He manako te kōura i kore ai." Wishing for the crayfish won't bring it. This "Ako" whakataukī can be used with growth mindset. Be an active learner. To reach your goal you need skills. Be proactive! Whāia te mātauranga!
These are fun. Each learner has a piece of the larger poster with a smaller coloured section to use as a guide.
By colouring your piece and piecing together, the collaborative work is done!

They can be kept on the server and/or in folders for the hardcopy people.

22 March 2018

Are you wanting to have a more interesting and balanced te reo Māori programme?
Would you like to have more te reo ideas for your reading tumble/programme?
Does integrating a "Wonder Wall" into your te reo programme interest you?

Aligned with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Tātaiako and P.R.T's this workshop will include the above and teacher/child focussed resources.

These are some of the topics I will include in my PD on 23rd April 2018.

This interactive professional development and learning opportunity will include practical resources and will workshop how to provide more te reo opportunities through:
*The “Wonder wall”
* Pūrākau (Myths and Legends)
*Blooms Taxonomy
* Games and activities for your reading programme
*Values (Kaitiakitanga, Mahitahi-Collaboration)
* Whakataukī

We will use simple te reo Māori (from Level One Achievement Objectives-)

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13. Focus will be on the Language modes of Listening, Reading, Viewing, Speaking,Writing, Presenting and Listening.


Kia ora Michele,
We have made significant progress with Maori at our school and a large part of that is down to your fabulous professional guidance in te reo.  You have an approach that is engaging, non-threatening and memorable. We all love our integrated Maori curriculum ...read our recent E R O review!

Nā Debbie Waller Orewa North Primary School

 “I thought your course was great. I loved the interactive, FUN nature of it, plus your passion shines through! “

“Thank you Michelle for a great workshop and fantastic resources”

 “I feel so much more confident to give the language a go. The course is just what I needed-a starting point. With the fantastic resources I can design an awesome manageable program for me and my team.”

“I can’t wait to try these activities. It makes learning the language easy"

As a specialist te reo Māori teacher in a mainstream primary school I can vouch wholeheartedly for the workshops that Michelle presents. I have attended eight of them over the last three years and each has been inspirational, practical, and thoroughly enjoyable. They stand out as the most incredibly useful professional development tool available for classroom teachers who wish to offer an engaging, authentic, well scaffolded and structured te reo programme to their students.
Her experience teaching te reo Māori me ōna tikanga to all ages at primary school means that she knows how to access each age group to the learning and how to use the variety of te reo resources out there, in schools and on-line, to maximise and normalise the communicative use of te reo by the students.  Having worked for the last three years with the scaffolded planning and resources that she provides for each age level, I know that they work brilliantly. Students achieve success in learning not only Māori words but gaining confidence to speak naturally in sentences to one another in te reo. I have also loved seeing how the students take their enthusiasm for learning te reo home and share it with their families, lifting the mana of the reo in our own predominantly non-Māori community.
As a teacher the workshops give you a proven, scaffolded pathway to meeting the achievement objectives within Level 1& 2 of the Te Reo Māori curriculum via
legends, action songs and games, communicative learning activities, whakatauki, visual prompts and art projects.  They take all the hard work out of planning. She demonstrates how to use the Ministry of Education’s He Reo Tupu He Reo Ora  resource creatively and effectively. Even if your own level of te reo is minimal you can launch the te reo learning journey in your classroom and have a lot of fun learning along with your students. Whether you are lead teacher for te reo in your school or a general classroom teacher wanting to integrate te reo into your classroom Michelle makes it real, exciting and manageable!

Annie Forgie
(BFA, Dip Tch, Dip Te Ara Reo)

Register HERE

If you are living in another part of Aotearoa (other than Auckland) and are interested in this kind of PD please email me and we will see what we can do :-)

16 March 2018

Whakataukii Collaborative Posters

Collaborative Posters are a  fantastic way to introduce whakataukī in to your akomanga.
This simple lesson is an inclusive, fun, community building activity.

What are collaborative posters?

Each student is given one section of a large mosaic poster to colour in. 
By looking carefully at their matching coloured piece,  ākonga practice blending and mixing colours as close as they can to the original.Once all sheets are coloured and cut out they are then assembled  to reveal a large multi-colored mosaic/poster/mural. This one being two beautiful manaia.
By completing this activity, the learners are exemplifying the collaboration whakataukī:
"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini"
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

By completing this poster the proverb has been actioned.

Each person has a numbered piece to colour in.
Each individual page has a coloured piece as a guide


When the colouring has been completed you can simply glue the finished product to a backing sheet or alternatively as a Growth Mindset activity see if the ākonga can work together to put the mosaic back together. This is not as easy as it seems!

Some teachers who have bought these for their schools have said its a really easy and effective way to introduce and promote whakataukī to other colleagues.
They have been used from Year 1's to Year 13's and I often use them on my courses as a collaborative exercise. 

(Great for any collaborative-team building.)

This whakataukī is one of my favourites. AKO-reciprocal learning is the kaupapa this whakataukī falls under. Be an active learner! Build your skills so that you can do those things you want to do. Wishing often doesn't bring the final result. Planning, practicing, attempting, failing, attempting again, improving.....all of those character building traits can be discussed when introducing this whakataukī. The English translation is optional, as I know many of you like te reo Māori only, on your walls. (He pai tērā whakaaro!)

Here is our fabulous finished product. During our te reo PD we gave this a go to trial  the process. There were definitely opportunities to collaborate about the same colours, shading or texture. The kaiako were a group of second year teachers, teaching years 0-3.
This could also be introduced if your Inquiry was to do with Te Moana (The Sea).

One of my favourite pūrākau "Rata and the rākau/waka". This resource includes the story of Rata. If your topic was SUSTAINABILITY, KAITIAKITANGA, TE NGAHERE-the forest this would be a perfect resource.
"Tiakina te wao nui a Tāne hei oranga mōu."

Look after the great forest of Tāne and it will look after you.

Is your topic Native Birds? This  collaborative talks about our uniqueness. We are all different like the Tūī the Kererū and the Kākā.


Although not a whakataukī, this ANZAC poster has a quote from "The Ode of Remembrance". I was inspired by a wee four year old who learnt this ode in Māori to recite at an ANZAC parade.This includes the words (in te reo) and a link to a native speaker reciting the ode. 
The banner is also available in te reo only.

 This is a perfect opportunity to use some pastel techniques if you wanted to teach some art skills as well.
 Finished product. Ka mau te wehi!!


Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.