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NGĀ MOTU - THE ISLANDS

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Visit Ngā Motu (The Islands) and learn about the indigenous language, culture and people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

avatar Submitted By: Whetu Paitai

September 16, 2019

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Minecraft World - Ngā Motu

Download and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Resource Pack - Mahimaina

Te Reo Māori language and resource pack. Open the included addon file in Minecraft: Education Edition, then add the pack in the main menu settings.

Video Introduction to Ngā Motu

Video link to Ngā Motu: Transforming how students learn Māori with Minecraft.

Supporting Files

Additional Lesson Resources


Full lesson plan, usage instructions, glossary, and FAQ.

Learning Objectives

  • Whakarongo – Listening Students can identify the sounds of letters of the Māori alphabet (arapū), letter combinations, intonation, and stress patterns.
  • Pānui – Reading Students can identify letters of the Māori alphabet (arapū), letter combinations, basic written language conventions, and simple punctuation.
  • Kōrero – Speaking Students can imitate the pronunciation, intonation, stress, and rhythm of Māori words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Kōrero – Speaking Students can initiate spoken encounters in te reo Māori, using simple greetings, questions, and statements.
  • Tuhituhi – Writing Students can reproduce letter combinations and punctuation for Māori words, phrases, and sentences in familiar contexts.
  • Tuhituhi – Writing Students can write simple, familiar words, phrases, and sentences using the conventions of written language, such as appropriate spelling and punctuation.
  • Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how places influence people and people influence places.
  • Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how the status of Māori as tangata whenua is significant for communities in New Zealand.

Guiding Ideas

For thousands of years the people of the Pacific have explored and flourished across the vast expanse of the world’s largest ocean. Genetically, linguistically, and historically linked, it will come as no surprise to most to find that the cultures of these widely spread peoples have many shared narratives and oral histories. The indigenous people of AOTEAROA, who in modern times use the collective name of MĀORI, are descendants of these voyagers of the Pacific. Māori ancestors voyaged to and from Aotearoa and other Pacific islands over many centuries, eventually building communities called HAPŪ.

Most of these hapū use the great WAKA HOURUA that brought their ancestors to Aotearoa as a way of identifying who they are and how they connect to other hapū and the world around them. There are many other ways for hapū and people to connect including mountains, rivers, oceans, settlements, ancestors and more. Relationships and connections between hapū, people and the world play a huge part of Māori culture, and is reflected in the language and traditions that have been handed down over the centuries.

NGĀ MOTU means “Islands” in the language of Māori people. NGĀ MOTU is a map designed to introduce students to the language and culture of Māori people. Students are encouraged to ask questions while exploring NGĀ MOTU, especially around the early settlement days of Māori. Questions will likely come from the various activities that students play during the lesson. Some example questions might be:

  • How were early settlements used, and why were they built the way they were?
  • What foods did Māori eat, and how did they gather it?
  • How did Māori see the world around them?
  • What are some wider concepts Māori had around living spaces?
  • What are some new Māori words and how do we find their meanings?
  • How are Māori words pronounced correctly?

Students should be encouraged to use external sources to help answer their questions as the game unfolds, as this will help students in their ongoing discoverer of TE AO MĀORI.

Student Activities

Students start out the lesson on a Waka Hourua, having arrived together at two small Islands not far off the mainland of Aotearoa. Students will interact with WHĀNAU from a small Hapū in a fortified village called a .

1. CREATING A PERSONAL GLOSSARY (Approx. 1 Hour)

Throughout the Pā there are Whānau who are sharing information with the Students. The Whānau are using Māori words for many things, and a short description is given as a clickable button. Students should create a personal glossary of words that interest them. Words can be found in the game, or gathered from research, and the Students can take a picture and write the word and its meaning, as a caption, in their Portfolio in game.

  • Students explore to find Whānau around the Pā who are sharing Māori words;
  • Students take pictures of the things they want to learn the Māori word for;
  • Students build models in the plots and take pictures of any words not found in game;
  • Students can research words that are not in the game in books or on the Internet; and
  • Students research meanings for their words and add as captions to their pictures.

2. LEARNING HOW TO PRONOUNCE TE REO MĀORI (Approx. 30 minutes)

Students can visit Hinemoa down in the open-air learning space down by the river. Hinemoa is giving lessons on how to pronounce Te Reo Māori and runs games to help learn the Vowels and Consonants found in Te Reo Māori. There will also be a place where students can place letters to learn the unique sounds that each vowel, vowel pair, or consonant vowel pair that make up words in Te Reo Māori. Students can then use what they have learnt with Hinemoa to pronounce the words in their Personal Glossary

  • Students join in on the lessons being offered by Hinemoa;
  • Students try the games to become more confident pronouncing Te Reo Māori.
  • Students discuss the pronunciation for the words in their Personal Glossary;
  • Students discuss the pronunciation for the names of the Whānau in the Pā; and
  • Students can pick a word and its meaning to share with the rest of the Students;

3. LEARNING ABOUT PĀ AND THE LIVES OF EARLY MĀORI (Approx. 1.5 Hours)

The islands have a traditional Māori settlement, called a Pā, that the students can learn about by exploring and having conversations with the whānau that live there. Students can use the information they have learnt in game, and any information gathered from external research, to build the various structures and utilities from around the Pā in PLOTS down by the river. Some example activities are:

  • Students explore and discover the layout of a Pā
  • Students explore buildings and structures found in a Pā.
  • Students explore and discover methods for growing, storing, and cooking food in a Pā.
  • Students research and build new structures and Pā utilities in the plots; and
  • Students discuss the different features of their unique builds with the other Students.

 

Performance Expectations

1. CREATING A PERSONAL GLOSSARY

Students will have started a Personal Glossary of Māori Words that they can continue adding to in this series of games, and in real life.

Students will have found methods for discovering new words and their meanings in the game, on the Internet, and among each other through discussion.

2. LEARNING HOW TO PRONOUNCE TE REO MĀORI

Students will have learnt vowel pairs, consonant/vowel pairs, what the main syllables look like, and how they all sound.

Students will have learnt how to pronounce Te Reo Māori through game-based learning and will be able to speak in Te Reo Māori with an increased level of confidence.

3. LEARNING ABOUT PĀ AND THE LIVES OF EARLY MĀORI

Students will have learnt about various areas of Māori life including the kind of water-vessel they used for travelling the Pacific Ocean, the kinds of settlements and structures that were used, and the utilities within those settlements.

Students will have learnt some peripheral ideas about the culture that underpins Te Ao Māori, including ideas like separate structures for sleeping and eating, the connection to the Pacific Islands, and about NGĀ ATUA MĀORI. These ideas will lead into future lesson plans.

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Minecraft World - Ngā Motu

Download and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Resource Pack - Mahimaina

Te Reo Māori language and resource pack. Open the included addon file in Minecraft: Education Edition, then add the pack in the main menu settings.

Video Introduction to Ngā Motu

Video link to Ngā Motu: Transforming how students learn Māori with Minecraft.

Supporting Files

Additional Lesson Resources


Full lesson plan, usage instructions, glossary, and FAQ.