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Diary keeping

When you have consolidated your students’ knowledge of the cardinal numbers, introduce them to the ordinal numbers by keeping a diary. Get them to note what they do after school each day of the school week.

For example, a student might record:

Maori vocabulary

English translation

I te rā tuatahi, i haere au ki te papa rēhia. On the first day, I went to the park.
I te rā tuarua, i haere au ki te toa. On the second day, I went to the shop.
I te rā tuatoru, i haere au ki te whare pikitia. On the third day, I went to the movies.
I te rā tuawhā, i haere au ki tātahi. On the fourth day, I went to the beach.
I te rā tuarima, i hoki atu au ki te kāinga. On the fifth day, I went home.

Language tip

Notice that there is no definite article (te) in the expression: haere ki tātahi (going to the beach).

Language tip

The “atu” conveys the idea of being away from the speaker.

In a similar way, you could use the ordinal numbers to describe the steps in your school day. For example, you could say to your class:

Maori vocabulary

English translation

Tuatahi, ko te pāngarau. Firstly, it’s maths.
Tuarua, ko ngā toi. Secondly, it’s the arts.
Tuatoru, ko te kori tinana. Thirdly, it’s PE.

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