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Unit 18: Te kanikani – The dance

Learning intentions

In this unit students will:

  • talk about what activities and drinks people like and prefer
  • learn how to say what they will do tomorrow
  • work co-operatively to write the words of a waiata.

Success criteria

Before commencing the unit the teacher will discuss the learning intentions with the students and together agree on appropriate success criteria.



Unit 18 transcripts (PDF, 281 kB)

Unit 18 Worksheet A (PDF, 292 kB)

Unit 18 Worksheet B (PDF, 295 kB)

Unit 18 Worksheet C (PDF, 285 kB)

Unit 18 Teacher Sheet A (PDF, 283 kB)


Activity 1

The students will extend their learning about likes, dislikes and preferences.

Watch Unit 18 Scenes 2 and 3. Ask the students to focus on the different things that each person prefers or likes.

Ask the students to complete Worksheet A. The students will need to write sentences that are true according to what they have seen on the video. As evidence for each sentence, they must quote the relevant lines from the script. When all students have finished writing their sentences, ask them to read one sentence and the relevant lines to the rest of the class.

Activity 2

The students will work co-operatively to write the words of a song.

Watch Unit 18 Scene 3 where Hana and Haami are dancing together. Play Audio CD Track 8 so the students can listen to the song Maumahara Noa Ahau.

Photocopy Worksheet B. There are two different sheets – Student A and Student E. Ask students to work in pairs for this activity and give them one worksheet each.

They each have some of the words to the song Maumahara Noa Ahau. To complete all the words, they must communicate with each other in Māori. They must do this without showing their sheet to the other person.

When each pair is finished, allow them to compare sheets to check that they have the correct words. When all of the students have finished, show the words on Teacher Sheet A to allow them to make a final check.

Play the song again and encourage them to sing along.

Activity 3

The students will learn how to say what they are going to do in the future.

Re-play Unit 18 Scene 3 where Hana and Haami are dancing together and Haami asks Hana if she is going to kapa haka – culture club, practice. Ask the students to note the use of the word āpōpō – tomorrow.

Ask the students to watch other units such as Unit 9 Scene 3 and Unit 19 Scene 1, and look at how the word āpōpō is used.

To practise the appropriate use of this word, over a period of at least two weeks, the students should write what they are intending to do the next day in their Wehi books.

Here are some examples based on the video script:

Āpōpō, ka haere au ki ngā toa. Tomorrow, I will go to the shops.
Āpōpō, ka haere au ki te hoko kākahu. Tomorrow, I will go to buy some clothes.
Āpōpō, ka tākaro pā whutupōro au. Tomorrow, I will play touch.
Āpōpō, ka haere au ki te mākete. Tomorrow, I will go to the market.
Āpōpō, ka haere au ki Porirua. Tomorrow, I will go to Porirua.

Activity 4

The students will practise dramatising skits.

Organise the students into groups of five. Hand out a copy of Worksheet C to each group, and ask them to cut out the cards and place them, face down, in a pile in the middle of the group. The first person picks up a card and must follow the instructions on that card. Students can encourage each other by saying kia kaha te kōrero – speak up (with courage and confidence). The activity finishes when all the group members have had two turns.

Here are the Worksheet C translations for the teacher:

Ko Dylan koe. Kōrero mai mō ō hoa. You are Dylan. Talk about your friends.
Ko Sione koe. Kōrero mai mō Jo. You are Sione. Talk about Jo.
Ko Hana koe. Waea atu ki a Jo kia haere kōrua ki te whare pikitia. You are Hana. Ring Jo so you two can go to the movies.
Ko Haami koe. Waea atu ki a Hana kia tūtaki kōrua āpōpō. You are Haami. Ring Hana so you two can meet up tomorrow.
Ko Jo koe. Kōrero mai mō te kanikani. You are Jo. Talk about the dance.
Ko te kaiako koe. Kōrero mai mō ngā tamariki. You are the teacher. Talk about the children.
Ko koe te pāpā o Hana. Kōrero mai mō ngā kōtiro. You are Hana’s dad. Talk about the girls.
Ko koe tēnei. Kōrero mai mō te kai tino reka ki a koe. This is you. Talk about food that you really like the taste of.
Ko Sione koe. Waea atu ki a Jo kia haere kōrua ki te mākete. You are Sione. Ring Jo so you two can go to the market.

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