Wednesday 1 October 2014

More karakia for class.

Here are a couple more karakia to use.  The first one starts the day and the second one I use to encourage the kids to be adventurous because although we are small, we can do big things.

This one is in English but is great for setting that positive mindset that we all need if learning is to take place.

Karakia Whakamutunga

Here is a really nice karakia you can use in class that I saw during the Connected Educators Month - October 2014.

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Vowels and consonants - get them right!

Vowel sounds come in two forms - long and short.  Try them out with this song.  

Try the vowel sounds out with the rest of the alphabet with the following song.

Tricky Māori place names

How do you pronounce those tricky Māori place names like:

Ōtautahi - Christchurch
Koukourarata - Port Levy
Te Waihora - Lake Ellesmere
Ōtākaro - Avon River
Waimakariri River

Listen to this short movie that shows us how to break place names into vowel groups.

  • Try making your own movie to teach others how to day our local place names?
  • I challenge you to use this learning to help say the longest Māori place name:

"Taumata whakatangi hanga kōauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pōkai whenua kitanatahu"

This name translates into English as "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, played his flute to his loved one." Locals simply call it Taumata Hill.

Break into pieces of a consonant and vowel or two vowels together like this:
"Tau ma ta wha ka ta ngi ha nga ko au au o ta ma tea tu ri pu 

ka ka pi ki mau nga ho ro nu ku po kai whe nua ki ta na ta hu"

Mihi for Kids

Write our own mini using an adapted format.
Recite our own mini with correct pronunciation.
Recall our mini from memory.

It's all about me and where I fit into my family.  

Your mihi tells the story of the place and the people you beloing to.  It is an eassy way for people you are meetingto make connections as they see if they are related or know your family.

As you can see - everything flows from the mountain, through the river and the waka is on it.  Then the people settle so this is the order in which we say our mini.

Start by writing in the things you are sure of like your parent's names, school and family.
If you have moved from somewhere to here, then you would use the line:

Kei ____________ tōku kāinga ināianei. (I now live)

If you have no waka or marae then just leave these words out.  
REMEMBER that if you are posting your mini on the blog, only use first names but you would use full names when sharing it in 'real life'.

He aha te ingoa o te island? What is the name for island?

WALT: Identify the meaning behind Māori place names.

1. Use the Māori Online Dictionary to help you find our the meanings fo these words. 
2. Draw an image to represent each land feature to help you remember.
3. Ask your friend the name of the feature and see if they can give the answer in Māori.