A fun, engaging activity for your students (particularly your boys) to practise reading 350 high frequency Māori words.
Place the rugby balls face down (in a pile or scattered). Each student has a ‘Rugby League Score Sheet’ in front of them. Students take turns at picking up a rugby ball and reading the word. They place the ball on their ‘Rugby League Score Sheet’ accordingly:
♦ TACKLE – they have a go at reading the word but they are unsuccessful / require help.
♦ TRY – they read the word correctly.
♦ CONVERSION – after reading the word correctly, they can say the word in a sentence. This is great for oral language development. If they are unsuccessful at saying the word in a sentence then they leave the ball in the ‘Try’ section.
Count up the number of balls in each category at the end. You could allocate points for each category if you wish. You can also play this activity in ‘teams’ and have them challenge each other.
♦ 350 rugby balls (just print the ones you want to use)
♦ Blank rugby ball template (for additional words if necessary)
♦ Rugby league score sheet
♦ Teacher notes
There are 6 rugby balls on each A4 size sheet.
Words are written with the NZ Basic Script Font.
If you are wanting a score sheet with the Māori words for Try/Tackle/Conversion then let me know the correct translation and I’ll update the file to include it. A blank score sheet is also provided for you to write the alternative words on it if you wish.
An alternative activity is to print 2 sets of rugby balls and play ‘memory’. Place the cards face down. Students take turns at turning 2 cards over. If the words are the same, they keep the cards and have another turn. Who has the most pairs of cards at the end?
This resource has been created to support Māori medium education in Aotearoa. A helpful resource for full immersion and bilingual classes.
The words used in this resource are sourced from a list on TKI called ‘1000 frequency words of Māori – in frequency order’. Permission has been granted. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Teacher-tools/Te-Whakaipurangi-Rauemi/High-frequency-word-lists)
Examples of words used:
Examples of words used: ngā, tētahi, mahi, reira, waka, whenua, pikitia, rua, tuatahi, rongo, karanga, āwhina, waho, kau, hua, tamaiti, ngahere, ako, paku, māna, whakahaere.
For a full list of the words used in this resource please go to the tki website listed above. They are the first 350 words in frequency order (te
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