Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools
1.4 Communicate about personal information.
At the end of this lesson, students can:
Whakarongo - Listening: Recognise and understand simple, familiar spoken words, phrases, and sentences.
Kōrero - Speaking: Respond appropriately to simple, familiar instructions and simple questions.
Pānui - Reading: Recognise and understand simple, familiar written words, phrases, and sentences.
Ask the students how old they are. Ask them to stand in groups of the same age, holding a large card with their age on it:
|E whitu aku tau|
|I am 7 years old|
Ask individual students in each group how old they are.
|E hia ō tau Jeremy?||How old are you Jeremy?|
|E whitu aku tau.||I am 7 years old.|
Create a class maramataka, or calendar, along the wall. Have the students write their names on cards and place them on larger cards with the Māori names of their month of birth (see Resource sheet 1G: Ngā marama).
E hia ō tau? How old are you?
|Kotahi||1||Kotahi taku tau||('my' singular)||I am one.|
|E rua||2||E rua aku tau.||('my' plural)||I am two.|
|E toru||3||E toru aku tau.||I am three.|
|E whā||4||E whā aku tau.||I am four.|
Matariki, the Māori new year, is in Pipiri (June) so begin your maramataka (calendar) in Pipiri.
Hold a class party. Discuss plans for the party with the class. Have the party on the first Monday of each month.
Ask the students to discuss what they might bring to a shared morning tea. Learn the words to Happy Birthday in Māori (attached as Resource sheet 1H: Rā Whānau).
Have the students talk about the ages of their classmates or siblings:
|E hia ngā tau o Sina?||How old is Sina?|
|E rua ngā tau o Sina.||Sina is two.|
|E waru ngā tau o Sina.||Sina is eight.|
|Kotahi te tau o Sina.||Sina is one.|
Note the singular form when Sina is one year old.
Talk about special days in the year. They might mention:
April Fool's Day, anniversaries, hui, funerals, Mothers' Day, Waitangi Day, ANZAC Day, Queen's Birthday, New Year, Halloween, Guy Fawkes, tangi, openings, Christmas, Matariki, Easter, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Hanukkah, St Patrick's Day, White Sunday, christenings, Valentine's Day, Diwali etc.