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Unit 8: Titiro ki tēnei! – Look at this!

Learning intentions

In this unit students will:

  • ask the cost of something
  • say the cost of something in dollars and cents
  • say something is nice
  • use the word rāua.

Success criteria

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



Unit 8 transcripts (PDF, 283 kB)

Unit 8 Worksheet A (PDF, 285 kB)

Unit 8 Worksheet B (PDF, 421 kB)

Unit 8 Teacher Sheet A (PDF, 285 kB)

Unit 8 Answer Sheet A (PDF, 286 kB)


Activity 1

The students will learn how to recognise something and say how much it costs.

It would be appropriate at this point to review the numbers 1–100 in Māori. Get students to go through different numbers. You could check their understanding by showing students a numeral and asking them to give you the Māori or by playing Wharewhare – Bingo, in Māori.

This is a listening activity.

Give each student a blank copy of Worksheet A.

The "reader role" for this activity could be handed over to one of your more confident or competent students.

Give a copy of Teacher Sheet A to the reader.

Before the activity starts, you could also draw the table on the board, large enough for all students to see. This can be used to check student understanding by choosing different students to write their responses on the board when the activity has been completed.

Activity 2

The students will learn how to ask for and give the cost of different items.

Before you watch Unit 8 Scene 1 where the boys go shopping, ask the students to listen for the question that means “How much does it cost?” Also, ask them to listen for Dylan’s reply to the question.

Get students to focus on the question and the response. Introduce the words:

E hia te utu? How much does it cost?
Tekau mā rima tāra. Fifteen dollars.

This activity allows for listening and speaking. The students will respond to instructions and questions about the costs of different items. Make this a whole class activity when introduced for the first time.

Before Worksheet B is given to the students, you will need to provide a cost for each item. When you run the activity for the first time, make the costs realistic for each item. Perhaps start with simple costs that only have dollars in them: e.g. $2.00, $10.00, $16.00.

As the students become more confident with the activity and the Māori language you could:

  • add cents to the costs
  • provide unrealistic costs for some of the items to challenge students and add some fun to the activity.

The activity can be run using OHTs or photocopies of each illustrated item. Before you show the students each illustration, you should say Titiro ki tēnei – Look at this.

Select an item and show it to the students.

Ask them “E hia te utu?” How much does this cost? The students need to find the item on their sheet and work out the cost in Māori. Select a student to provide the answer.

To allow for repetition, you should then ask at least two other students, “E hia te utu?”

Repeat the process for each item.

Once the activity is completed, you could run it again with another copy of the worksheet and different prices.

Here are some sentences that you and your class can use in this activity. Ask some students to write them on to card and place them on the wall to remind the students to use them as much as possible.

Titiro ki tēnei! Look at this!
He aha tēnei? What is this?
He aha ēnei? What are these?
E hia te utu? How much does it cost?
Pēhea tēnei? What about this? (Use this when you become more familiar with the language and the activity.)

Activity 3

The students will learn how to say they like something.

Write the sentences in Māori on the whiteboard and ask the students to listen for them in the DVD clips and try to work out what they might mean.

He rawe, nē? Nice, eh?
He pai, nē? It’s good, isn’t it?
Tino rawe! Very nice!
He tino rawe ki ahau! I really like it!

Replay Unit 8 Scene 1 and then play Scene 2 where Jo and Hana spot the boys in the shopping centre.

Remind the students that ka mau te wehi! can mean awesome! or amazing! and pai rawa atu means excellent or the best!

Ask the students to work in pairs and make up sentences about things they like and to respond in Māori. Encourage them to use the Māori Dictionary Online or dictionary in their classroom to find the names of words they do not know.

Activity 4

The students will learn how to use the dual personal pronoun rāua – they (two people). Watch Unit 8 Scene 3 where the girls and boys meet up at the shopping centre.

Ask the students to work in pairs and look for pictures of couples. Make up sentences about each couple. Cut the pictures out and paste them onto A3 paper or card. Write the sentences to go with each picture. At the end of the session ask each group to share their poster with the class.

Here are some examples of appropriate sentences. Write these on the whiteboard for the students.

Kei te kata rāua. They (two) are laughing.
He pango ō rāua kākahu. Their (two) clothes are black.
Kei te kāinga rāua. They (two) are at home.

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