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  1. Flashcards

    To start introducing whānau related vocabulary, show the students flashcards featuring pictures of people in a family.

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  2. Whānau–whakapapa cards

    Using the words and pictures from resource sheet 1.1, make up packs of whānau–whakapapa cards.

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  3. Bingo cards

    Use resource sheet 1.2 to make Bingo cards.

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  4. Describing photos

    Ask the students to bring photographs of their whānau members from home or get them to draw them.

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  5. Multiple choice

    Use a diagram of a family tree as in resource sheet 1.4, for a multi-choice task or a true-false-make it right task.

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  6. True-false-make it right 1

    Use the map of the world in resource sheet 1.5 and the language from the reomation Nō Hea Ia? (Where’s He/She from?).

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  7. Information transfer

    Once the students know some whakapapa-related vocabulary, give them a diagram of a three-generation family tree without any names on it.

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  8. Strip story

    Cut up a simple written description of a family tree into strips and get the students to work together to reconstruct it.

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  9. Cloze

    Design a cloze task in which the students fill in gaps in a text about a whakapapa, using a diagram of a family tree as a stimulus.

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  10. Identikit description

    Help the students to create identikit descriptions of (imagined) missing people.

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  11. True-false-make it right 2

    For a true-false-make it right task, give all the students the same diagram of a family tree and read out a description of it, deliberately including some untrue statements.

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  12. Interviewing

    Help the students to design interview questions and have them interview people at home about such things as where they were brought up, their iwi, their ethnicity, their parents, the number of people in their whānau, their place in the family, and their work.

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  13. Same-different 1

    The students could work in pairs on a same-different task in which each student has a numbered grid, with the boxes in the grids showing pictures of people in a family.

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  14. Same-different 2

    In another same-different task, have the students work in pairs to discuss two family tree diagrams that contain some similarities and some differences.

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  15. Dictocomp

    For a dictocomp task, read out (twice) a kōrero about a family.

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  16. Listen-and-draw

    For a listen-and-draw task, describe a family tree in te reo Māori and get the students to depict it as a diagram.

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  17. Dycomm 1

    In pairs or in groups, the students could participate in a dycomm task where each student has a different, unique bit of information that is needed to complete a family tree.

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  18. Dycomm 2

    For a simpler dycomm task, each student assumes the identity of someone from a famous pair, such as Hinemoa and Tūtānekai or Batman and Robin.

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