This year our whole school is learning the waiata Purea Nei so that we have something to sing at school events, powhiri (welcome) and poroporoaki (farewell). Here’s a clip that you can use to help you learn the words and tune.
We’ve also been learning and revising lots of kupu (words) in our Te Reo lessons with Whaea Adrienne. Leave a comment with any that you can remember in both Te Reo and English!
Kia ora koutou! Next week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Maori Language Week) and I would like to celebrate it by challenging our class to incorporate more kupu into our everyday lives. I actually think that our class is pretty good at pronunciation of te reo, but I think the student in the video above makes a very good point about why this is important.
For your mahi kāinga (homework) this week I want you to do two things:
1. Watch the video above and write your response/reflection in the comments. Remember to explain why you think what you think, link it to experiences in your own life, observations you’ve made, things you agree or disagree with.
2. Go to our Google Classroom where you will find a Google Slide for us all to collaborate on. Each of you must add at least one slide with a phrase or word in te reo that we could use at school. I’ll start and you can use mine as an example.
Extra for Experts
– Add more than one slide to the shared Google Slide
– Design a poster promoting Te Wiki o te Reo Māori for our school
– Write a blogpost in response to the video you watched. You could share and promote the video, talk about your thoughts on the topic, discuss the importance of culture and language.
– Do the same as above but as a vlog (video) post!
Met Ms Holly’s class in Room 23 who are going to be our buddy class. They were funny and cute! We have all written posts introducing them on our blogs. Adam turned his buddy into a pie, Matthew write a wild and crazy post about his buddy Harry and there were many funny selfies taken, of course.
Combined maths and science.
Last week we tested out which materials would best insulate hot water in a paper coffee cup as part of our science investigation into energy. Each group tested different combinations of materials against each other and we had to think about what made something a fair test. This week we constructed line graphs to display and compare our data.
Learnt new kupu (words).
Every Tuesday Whaea Adrienne comes into our room to teach us Te Reo Māori and this week we practiced what we’d been learning by having a pictionary race! We even tweeted out some questions about the new animal terms we learnt and the photo above to see if people on Twitter knew any te reo and could guess what our drawings were. Someone got maunga (mountain) correct but someone else thought we’d drawn parāora (bread) and we hadn’t!
Debated government policy.
Our class novel, Amongst The Hidden, is really starting to heat up. I’ve had lots of “Nooooo! You can’t stop THERE!” type comments when I finish the chapter for the day! In the story the main character is a hidden child because the government won’t let you have more than two children. This got us thinking about China’s One Child Policy so we brainstormed what possible positives and negatives there were. We realised that things are often not completely right or completely wrong. We also watched this video about the science behind what might happen to you if you never went outside after some students pointed out that Luke (the main character) would probably be pretty unhealthy both physically and mentally from staying hidden all day.
It’s been a pretty action packed week, really! We’d love to hear your thoughts on what we’ve been up to or any questions you have about what we’ve been learning. Leave them in the comments!
Can you believe it is almost Week 4? This term is flying by so far! I am having so much fun with Room 27 so far and I can’t wait to see what else we get up to this year.
For your homework this week you have three things to do:
1. Reading log (15min five times a week, signed by a parent)
2. Ordering decimals maths sheet (or two!)
3. Blogging. Your task is to finish your ‘About’ page and then to write a post. For your post the prompt is ‘If I were Prime Minister for a day…’. It is up to you how you respond to the quote. You can list the things you would do, you could use the thinking hats to think about how great or not so great it would be to be PM, you could write a creative story or even a poem. It is up to you if you would like to use images in your post.
EXTRA: Here is the petition I was telling you about, asking the NZ Herald and Stuff to start spelling Te Reo Māori kupu correctly. Remember to discuss this with your parents first if you are interested in signing.