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Māori Myths and Legends – How Māui Found his Mother
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Māori Myths and Legends – How Māui Found his Mother

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These are fun and engaging activity sheets for the story ‘How Māui Found his Mother. Plenty of activities to pick-and-choose from. Simply print and you’re ready to go! A great addition to a unit study on Māori Myths and Legends. Designed for New Zealand classrooms. Most of the activity sheets can be used with any retelling of this story. There are a few activities that were made using the story written by Peter Gossage. These activities are marked with an asterisk (*). Activities: ♦ Cloze – fill in the missing words * ♦ Word search * ♦ Order events in the story * ♦ Drama – Freeze frame cards * ♦ Music – Sound effect cards * ♦ Storyboard – with words * ♦ Storyboard – without words ♦ Write a poem (noun, adjectives, verbs, thought, synonym) ♦ Acrostic poem ♦ 5 senses – what a character may see, hear, smell, etc ♦ Thought bubbles - what a character may be thinking ♦ Story outline – problem, response, action, outcome ♦ Trifold – beginning, middle, end (paper foldable) ♦ Vocabulary word match – cut and paste ♦ Newspaper article – write and draw ♦ Graph – tally chart and block graph ♦ Bookmark ♦ Character traits ♦ Wall ball – write and draw ♦ Diorama – write and draw (paper foldable) ♦ Art – decorate the topknot in the same style as the illustrator ♦ Pattern art - topknot ♦ Book cover – design a new one ♦ Book dust jacket ♦ Story review ♦ Flap booklet - write and/or draw. With and without headings. ♦ Holiday suitcases – needs and wants ♦ Postage stamp design ♦ Award design ♦ T-shirt design ♦ Flip-flap booklet – (paper foldable) ♦ Postcard ♦ Comic strip ♦ Reporter questions ♦ Email writing ♦ Letter writing – to the author ♦ Letter writing – to Māui ♦ Selfie photo drawing ♦ Text writing ♦ Gift giving – think and write ♦ Art – draw a picture in the topknot and write about it ♦ Is / Can / Has - brainstorm ♦ Binoculars – draw and write ♦ I-pad – draw picture ♦ Party plan ♦ Bedroom plan ♦ 30 second talks – oral language activity ♦ Bingo board templates ♦ Graphic organiser – mothers ♦ Graphic organiser – research facts about kereru ♦ List writing – things your mother/father have taught you ♦ Reading challenge Answer sheets are provided for the word search, cloze, and ordering events activities. Designed on A4 size paper. The word search is also included in my Maori Myths and Legends Word Search resource. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki – Diamante Poetry
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Matariki – Diamante Poetry

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Celebrate the Māori New Year with this fun poetry writing activity. The Diamante Poem looks at nouns, verbs, adjectives and synonyms so it is the perfect writing activity to compliment your word work programme. There are two different frameworks included in this resource. Included: ♦ 2x Framework charts ♦ 2x Student handouts (for drafting their writing on). 2 per A4 page. ♦ 1x Example poem (Matariki) ♦ 5x Publishing templates ♦ Publishing template with blank star (students design their own) The published poems look great cut out and displayed on the classroom wall. Made on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki – Reflection and Goal Setting Foldable
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Matariki – Reflection and Goal Setting Foldable

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Celebrate the Māori New Year with this fun foldable. Matariki is a time to reflect on the year that has passed, and to set new goals for the year ahead. Colour the star and the background. Write in the middle piece. Cut around the outside and make 4 folds. There are 6 different options for the reflection / goal setting piece in the middle. The wording is listed below: Option 1: When I think about the last year, I feel proud because … A goal I have for the coming year is ... Option 2: A goal I have for the coming year is ... Something I can do to help me achieve this is ... Option 3: Three goals I have for the coming year are ... Option 4: This is a picture of my goal. Option 5: Words that describe the year that has just passed: Option 6: The best thing about the year that has just passed was: Approximately 12 cm in diameter when folded. Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki – Did You Know … Writing Templates
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Matariki – Did You Know … Writing Templates

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A selection of templates for your students to record their learning about Matariki. Write a ‘Did you know …’ fact in the speech bubble then colour the picture and decorate the heading and border. 2 Formats: ♦ Blank speech bubble ♦ Speech bubbles with lines for writing 10 Templates: ♦ 5 boy/man ♦ 5 girl/woman Made on A4 size paper (landscape orientation). ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki - Paper Lantern Craft
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Matariki - Paper Lantern Craft

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Celebrate the Māori New Year with this fun craft activity. There are 6 different templates for you and your students to select from. Each template has the heading ‘Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou’ (Happy New Year) and a decorative panel at the base. Students add their own creative touch to the middle section. There is also one template that just has the heading (no decorative panel at the base). Use the handle template, or just cut strips of paper to cut down on photocopying. Designed on A4 size paper. Information and easy-to-follow instructions are included. These templates can also be used during the Christmas season. Happy New Year! ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki Bunting
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Matariki Bunting

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Celebrate the Māori New Year with this cool bunting. A colourful, festive addition to your classroom during Matariki. Colour, cut and hang! (Cut the top piece off if you don’t want to hang them). Included: ♦ 10 different star designs ♦ 1 blank star (design your own) Designed on A4 size paper. Each template is the size of a piece of A4 paper. You can easily reduce them to A5 size if necessary. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki – Stamps
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Matariki – Stamps

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20 Matariki themed postage stamps to adorn your classroom walls while celebrating the Māori New Year. Blank templates to design your own stamp. For example: ♦ what image comes into your mind when you think about Matariki? ♦ what are you doing with your family/friends to celebrate Matariki? (or would like to do). ♦ an image from a story you have read while learning about Matariki. ♦ a decorative star. Please note that the stamps do not contain the word NEW ZEALAND or AOTEAROA, like a regular postage stamp would. This was simply a design decision I made as I felt the stamps looked too cluttered with it. Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki - Acrostic Poetry
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Matariki - Acrostic Poetry

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Celebrate the Māori New Year with this fun writing activity. Write an acrostic poem on the bunting, colour the strip of pattern, cut it out and hang. (Simply trim the flap off if you don’t want to display it as bunting). Each of the 5 words are written on 10 different templates. There are 50 pages altogether, just print the ones you want to use. The Words: MATARIKI PUANGA PLEIADES NEW YEAR STARS The Templates: ♦ 9 different pattern strips ♦ Blank – design your own pattern Made on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki – Traditional Māori Kites
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Matariki – Traditional Māori Kites

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A scavenger hunt and activity sheets for learning about Māori kites (manu tukutuku) from long ago. All of the information used in this resource was sourced from books and the internet. The Scavenger Hunt: Place the cards around the room. Your students walk around with a question sheet and they read the information on the cards to answer the questions. The cards have numbers that correspond to the question numbers. ♦ 22 information cards (2 per A4 sheet). ♦ Student question sheet (they write the answers on this too) ♦ Answer sheet (for marking) I have written the information in ‘kid speak’ to the best that I could. The font is size 20 so it can be read from a bit of a distance. The answers that your students record are all simple answers (1-2 words). I would estimate the required reading age to be 8+ years (for independent reading of the cards). Lower ability students can buddy up with a friend during the scavenger hunt if necessary. All of the cards are ink-friendly black and white. Of course, you don’t have to use the cards as a scavenger hunt. They can be used for whatever purpose you wish. Chart: An A4 size chart that shows 6 reasons why Māori made and flew kites. Pictures: 4 coloured pictures (A4 size) that were hand drawn by a NZ artist (based on her interpretation). Use these on a wall display or as an aid for learning. The same pictures (in black and white) have been used throughout this resource. Activity Sheets: ♦ Word search. ♦ Venn diagram (comparing/contrasting Māori kites with modern day kites). ♦ Acrostic poem (kites / manu tukutuku). ♦ Letter boxes (word work activity). ♦ Kite design (design a kite and list equipment needed). ♦ Did you know … (write information in the speech bubble. ♦ Graphic organisers (for students to present research information on). ♦ Senses (what did they look/smell/feel/sound like?) ♦ Postage stamp design ♦ Trifold (for students to present research information on). ♦ Diorama (for students to present research information on). ♦ Flip flap (variety of uses). ♦ Interview questions (write questions you would like to ask an expert about). ♦ Kites ‘can/have/are’ graphic organiser. ♦ Procedural writing template – how to make a kite. Made on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rugby Word Search FREE
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Rugby Word Search FREE

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A fun activity for your students. Find the words that are hidden in the rugby ball shape. Made on A4 size paper. Check out my store for more RUGBY resources. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rugby Player Profile Activity Sheet
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Rugby Player Profile Activity Sheet

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A fun activity when studying sport or a big event such as the Rugby World Cup. ** WHAT TO DO:** Research information about a rugby player and record it in the boxes around the border. Add hair and facial features to the body outline. Colour the uniform (as it currently is, or design a new one). 4 DIFFERENT TEMPLATES: Shirt with collar - information titles in boxes around border. Shirt with collar - blank boxes around border. Shirt without collar - information titles in boxes around border. Shirt without collar - blank boxes around border. The information titles around the border are: Name Age Country Position D.O.B Place of Birth Height Weight Team Name Nickname Fact If you don’t like these titles, just use the template with the blank boxes. PAPER SIZE: Designed on A4 size paper. Enlarge to A3 size if you wish. I consider the body template to be suitable for both male and female rugby players. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rugby Word Cards FREE
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Rugby Word Cards FREE

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A set of 68 word cards for the topic of RUGBY. Great for a classroom word wall. Made on A4 size paper. Includes a blank template for you to add your own words. Note: made especially for NZ classrooms so there are two cards specific to NZ (All Blacks and haka). Check out my store for more RUGBY resources. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Birds – Postage Stamps - Colour
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New Zealand Birds – Postage Stamps - Colour

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26 NZ birds on postage stamps. These will look fabulous as a display on your classroom wall. THE BIRDS: Kākāpō Kea Pīwakawaka (Fantail) Pūkeko Tūī Weka Kererū Ruru (Morepork) Kiwi Hoiho (Yellow-Eyed Penguin) Kāhu (Harrier Hawk) Kākāriki (Parakeet) Kārearea (NZ Falcon) Kōkako Kōtare (Kingfisher) Kōtuku (White Heron) Moa Mohua (Yellowhead) Tauhou (Wax-eye/Silvereye) Tīeke (Saddleback) Toroa (Albatross) Whio (Blue Duck) Hihi (Stitchbird) Korimako (Bellbird) Takahē Kororā (Little Blue Penguin) Macrons used on the Māori names are the same as those used by: www.doc.govt.nz Blank Templates: Two blank templates are also included for your students to design their own NZ Bird stamp. ♦ Completely blank – just the outside frame. ♦ With the word AOTEAROA and $1 inside the frame. Made on A4 size paper. Each stamp is slightly smaller than full A4 size. Portrait Orientation. This set of stamps is also available in BLACK & WHITE. Head to my store to view these. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Birds – Postage Stamps - Black and White
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New Zealand Birds – Postage Stamps - Black and White

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26 NZ birds on postage stamps. Colour, cut and display. THE BIRDS: Kākāpō Kea Pīwakawaka (Fantail) Pūkeko Tūī Weka Kererū Ruru (Morepork) Kiwi Hoiho (Yellow-Eyed Penguin) Kāhu (Harrier Hawk) Kākāriki (Parakeet) Kārearea (NZ Falcon) Kōkako Kōtare (Kingfisher) Kōtuku (White Heron) Moa Mohua (Yellowhead) Tauhou (Wax-eye/Silvereye) Tīeke (Saddleback) Toroa (Albatross) Whio (Blue Duck) Hihi (Stitchbird) Korimako (Bellbird) Takahē Kororā (Little Blue Penguin) Macrons used on the Māori names are the same as those used by: www.doc.govt.nz Blank Templates: Two blank templates are also included for your students to design their own NZ Bird stamp. ♦ Completely blank – just the outside frame. ♦ With the word AOTEAROA and $1 inside the frame. Made on A4 size paper. Each stamp is slightly smaller than full A4 size. All stamps are Portrait orientation. This set of stamps is also available in COLOUR. Head to my store to view these. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Gumboot Friday - FREE - Design a gumboot
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Gumboot Friday - FREE - Design a gumboot

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Gumboot Friday is a fundraiser for free mental health counselling for kids in New Zealand. Get your students involved with this FREE print-and-go worksheet. IDEAS: Design a gumboot - eg pictures/symbols/colours that make me happy (mentally well) Write words in the gumboot - eg things I can do to keep a smile on my face Made on A4 size paper. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Christmas Stocking Templates x15
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Christmas Stocking Templates x15

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Christmas Stockings - 15 different designs. Black and white templates. Ideas for use: * decorate, cut and display * write your name in the top part and decorate * write your Christmas wish list in the stocking * draw pictures of activities that you hope to do over the holiday season * write Christmas related vocabulary in the stockings * decorate one side and write a letter to Santa on the other A great resource to have on hand over the festive season. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE
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Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE

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A word search to celebrate Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu Festival of Lights. ♦ 18 words ♦ answers included ♦ words can be found in 8 different directions *** More Diwali resources available in my store. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources