New Zealand Flags {Past, Present & Future}

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3rd - 5th
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If you've been having conversations with your class (or in the staffroom!) about the ongoing process that is the 26 million dollar NZ flag referendum, then this might be the resource that you've been looking for!

This booklet pack is a great way to support your in depth classroom discussions about the history of New Zealand's flags, especially as we head towards the 2016 referendum and the possibility of a new design.

PLEASE NOTE – This resource will be updated as the NZ flag referendum unfolds in 2016; after purchasing, you can download updates (for free) by visiting your TpT ‘My Purchases’ page.

*UPDATE SEPT 2015 - a 2 page worksheet covering the 5 alternate designs has been added!

*UPDATE JAN 2016 - 2 more pages have been added covering the selection of the most preferred flag as the contender to the current flag in the second referendum...

Please check out the preview for a closer look at the resources in this pack!32 page ‘New Zealand Flags’ Booklet ~ page topics include:
• A timeline of NZ’s official flags
• What’s that flag? Did you know that NZ has several other official flags that you’ve probably never heard of?
• Things to think about….e.g. some people feel very strongly about keeping our current flag. What reasons do they have?
• What’s a quadrant and what does that have to do with flags? Use descriptive language to describe a flag to a friend – can they guess which flag you’re describing?
• A description and the history behind each of the following flags + a colour by numbers sheet for each (the colour by number flags are also included as full sized A4 sheets). The flag of the United Tribes of NZ; the Union Jack flag; the Māori Tino Rangatiratanga flag & the Blue Ensign with Southern Cross (our current flag)
• Information about the maritime origins of our flag
• 10 flag themed challenges e.g. watch an international sports game. How many different flags can you count? How many different nationalities and cultures are represented in your class? Can you find a flag to represent each one?
• Flag themed acrostic poem template
• Flag themed word find
• Template for recording the pros and cons for changing the flag
• Symbols! Most flags contain symbols – which are your favourite NZ symbols? Rank your ideas in order
• A selection of blank recording sheets
• Controversy! Whether it’s 1840 or 2015, there’s always controversy about changing the flag - what prompted the changing of the flag in the past?
• Let’s vote! Use your imagination to create 4 flag designs. Ask your classmates which is their favourite – collate their votes using tally marks and total the results
• Create a design that you think would best represent New Zealand and all its people
• Create a flag design that would represent you
• The silver fern – our unofficial flag!

Mini 10 page QR Code/Internet research booklet:
• These pages create a separate mini 10 page booklet— perfect for a weeks’ worth of independent internet based afternoons! These pages will require access to the internet and are suitable for upper primary.
• Either use the QR reader on your tablet or device to scan the codes inside the booklet. (The codes will take you directly to the websites needed to answer the questions or complete the activities on those pages. *QR Readers are free to download from your ap store and easy to use) These pages could also be completed using the clickable website links if access to QR readers/tablets is not an option at your school.

Topics explored in this Internet research mini booklet include:
• The use of symbolic colours in the Tino Rangatiratanga flag – design your own flag and think carefully about the colours you choose.
• The history of our flags – watch the video and respond
• Read the 1902 flag description – write your own description to match your flag
• The ‘Flag consideration process’ – where are we up to in the process? Watch the video and look at the diagram before responding
• The Flag design gallery – check out the flag gallery which is full of designs submitted by the public! Which is your favourite?
• Fly that flag correctly – have a look at the diagrams whch show how to correctly flay the flag before creating your own model to show what you’ve learnt.

Looking for other Kiwi resources? You might want to have a peek at these!

Waitangi Day {An activity booklet about the Treaty for Kiwi kids}.

Anzac Day {An activity booklet for Kiwi & Aussie Kids}.

Matariki {Let's celebrate Māori New Year!}.

A Kiwi Christmas {Christmas in New Zealand for Kiwi kids}.


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