Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey: Week One Day Two Activity Two: The Rules of Engagement!

Activity Two: The Rules of Engagement
During the early years in New Zealand, men and women would often marry at a young age. Women were expected to have babies and remain in the home caring for their children. Few, if any, left home in search of work. Men, on the other hand, were expected to work outside of the home.

These days, we don’t have the same strict expectations about work. Girls and boys can choose their own path in life. In fact, I was lucky enough to go to university and to follow my dream of becoming a teacher!

What is your dream job? Draw a picture of yourself doing your dream job and post it on your blog. You could be a doctor, an actor or even a zookeeper! I have drawn myself taking a picture of a beautiful castle in Poland because I would love to become a travel blogger and photographer one day.

I would love to be an author because I would love to teach kids about the world.
Sorry if I don't have much detail in my picture.

Summer Learning Journey: Week One Day Two Activity One: A House or a Home!

Day Two: It’s all in a Day’s work
Activity One: A House or a Home!

In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?

On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a Wharepuni and your house?

Monday, 18 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 Day 1 Bonus Activity: Waka Ama

Bonus Activity: Waka Ama
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka. Instead of using their waka to transport them from one place to another, they sometimes use waka in special events and in sporting competitions such as Waka Ama. Both boys and girls compete in Waka Ama boat races.
Watch this short video of a Waka Ama race. On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?

I would like to participate in the Waka Ama race one day because I love races and I
am really competitive in any kind of competition.
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Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 Day 1 Activity Two: Setting Sail

Activity 2: Setting sail
The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.

Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country. If it was me, I would have felt really nervous…

Dear Aaliyah,
I am presently in a Waka and on my way to New Zealand. 
I am very nervous but thrilled at the same time.
I do wish you could be here with me.

Safe regards
Maris Stella

Summer Learning Journey: Week 1 Day 1 & Activity 1: The first Settlers

Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand…

Day one: Arriving in Nz
Activity 1: The First Settlers

It is widely believed that the first people to arrive in New Zealand came from Polynesia. Most historians believe that they landed in New Zealand over 700 years ago. Although they were originally from many different countries, these settlers learned to live together and, eventually, formed their own distinct culture known as ‘Māori.’  Māori have their own language, traditions, and culture.

Follow this link to read a short story about a famous man in Māori mythology – Maui. On your blog, post three facts that you learned about this interesting man. What other stories have you heard about Maui?

Fact 1 - He never gives up
Fact 2 - He is the youngest out of the 5
Fact 3 - He won't listen to any negativity