22 June 2016

Olympics 2016 Rio....

I am working on a package that I think (hope) will be pretty fun for the tamariki. Most kura will be involved with heaps of activities (in english) and it's always great to be able to have some really engaging activities in te reo. These will definitely be aligned with 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.This will mean you can include these in your planning and know that you have a series of achievement objectives representing the key learning outcomes.
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Ngā mihi

19 June 2016

Practicing te Reo Through Games

There are so many games and activities that can be played/ included in the reo classroom. Many will be talked about in future posts and included in the upcoming resources. However I wanted to focus on my all time favourite the "fortune teller" also known as "cootie catcher"- no I have no idea why it's called that.
This is such fun and so versatile in every area of the curriculum. For second language learning it is the repetition of the questions and the replies that is a winner for me.
If you wanted to scaffold the learning the kaiako could model the reo throughout the day by using the fortune teller and then the tamariki could have their own.
It is a wonderful activity to be taken home and played with the whānau. My rangatahi enjoyed playing this one!
Another reason I love them is that you can make them in te reo Māori only and have a time of say 5 minutes to play these together in class and you are only allowed to use te reo Māori. It's amazing only hearing te reo and it is all read from the fortune teller.
Over time you can build a vocabulary list of kupu hou needed when playing.
 e.g tīpakotia tētahi nama-choose a number
I have made 2 different versions for Matariki-one simple one which was part of the Matariki resources here.The second is in te reo Māori only and the questions have a Matariki/
Ngā Atua Māori (Māori Gods) focus. Even if you aren't confident with te reo, give it a go. I have made them multiple choice to give more opportunities for kōrero.
Various other opportunities exist-counting in 5,s etc when the first number is chosen.
Any other possibilities? Please let me know how you go. I love getting feedback, thanks so much to you who have left comments . Any questions....patai mai!
Fortune teller i roto i te reo Māori anakē

15 June 2016

Kapa haka for beginners....

and no I don't just mean the tamariki! YOU TOO.... because how many of us find ourselves in charge of  kapa haka because we

  • have shown a little bit of interest
  • can play the guitar (even if it's D G A)
  • are Māori (therefore we must be the expert lol)
  • can sing Pōkarekare ana
Some of us may know a few waiata-a-ringa but we have never been formally "taught" how to perform correct actions.
Because I love Thinglink so much and kapa haka I put together this little resource that may help you.
In 2014 a show "Kia mau" was put together to help tamariki with their kapa haka moves. There are a series of "building blocks" as in basic moves to form a waiata-a-ringa.  The "spots" on the kapa haka picture below are the links for these.
Many of us find ourselves being the K H experts when we don't know too much about it-but it's just such a positive vibe to be involved in K H and seeing some of the personal "styles" the tamariki pull out is a laugh too (and the kaiako for that matter).
The programme has several other waiata and the kupu for this one "Nau mai, haere mai" can be downloaded here.
There are also some lovely little waiata- this one for pronunciation and this for counting to ten and asking how many, e hia?There are clips on locations- runga and raro (up and down) and mauī, matau, waenganui (left, right and in the middle).
Kia mau-kapa haka moves!

The beauty of this is that the tamariki could teach themselves some of these moves and make up their own waiata-a-ringa.
It could be a good warm up in the morning and there is plenty of fun to be had in working together with kapa haka.
What do you think of these clips? Let me know how you go with them.
Ngā mihi,

8 June 2016

Matariki 2016

Ngā mihi mō te tau hōu Māori!
My favourite time of year and I'm glad to say this post is very late because I have been  staying on a marae, (over) eating Māori kai,  and doing all those things that fuel the soul!

Now I can't go past my new favourite app. Thinglink, I love it for a topic like Matariki because I can put many different you tube clips and sites  in one place and it's accessible to the tamariki.The information gathered is like an exercise in story telling. All of the links relate to each other in some way.
The picture I have used looks a bit crowded and most people just use the dots without any other titles.  I have  added titles as I have made a few worksheets and it is easier for the tamariki to find the exact clip if it has some kind of title.

I'm hoping you give this a go. It can be used with the class on a large screen, individually or in pairs on a laptop/PC or ipad. I love it for self-directed learning where all the information is on one page and you don't get lost searching for hours in the depths of the internet.

It is also a great way for the tamariki to work together tagging an appropriate picture with found information to support their learning.
When I begin the Matariki topic I always read the Rangi and Papa story. The Peter Gossage version, In the Beginning, is the most popular- with young and older ākonga. So much of Te Ao Māori can be explained after knowing this story.
There are several stories of Matariki and one is where Tāwhirimātea throws his eyes into the sky because he is so angry at the separation of Rangi and Papa. A short clip of this is the "start here" dot.
Please take the time to have a look at all the links because the kaiako I have shared this with absolutely love it and can think of many other ways thinglink can be used in the classroom.
If this is the first time you have used a Thinglink-read on.
I have made some free downloadable worksheets so that tamariki can work on different aspects of Matariki and hopefully they will find the information interesting.
One of the worksheets is a cloze type exercise for Matariki waiata. I like this kind of exercise because the ākonga can listen to the waiata several times while completing the exercise . By doing this they then know the tune and the pronunciation and have taught themselves without the kaiako having to know the waiata (good if you are not a singer). They are then able to teach others.
There are some " Ngā mihi mō te tau hōu Māori"Greetings for Māori New Year cards and te reo Māori mihimihi that can be used for the tamariki to send cards of thanks and acknowledgement to others.They could also use these to write a few facts about Matariki.
I have aimed at Years 4-8 but its really up to what you think and how you use the resource.
I would love to get feedback on how you used it.

Another of my fav activities is the fortune teller. Did you make these at school? We were so happy to play them over and over again, even though we knew the answers!

Download this free Matariki fortune teller. It's great for the kaiako to use throughout the day or each of the tamariki. They may want to make their own!
Here are some of the free activity sheets. They can be downloaded here.

Please let me know what was useful. Feedback is greatly appreciated as then I can continue making the rauemi that is useful.
Enjoy! Ngā mihi,