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Ā te pō ka moe - I will sleep tonight

Achievement objective

3.2 Communicate about events and where they take place.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • tell the time
  • indicate future time.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

TuhituhiTuhituhi - Writing: Prepare and write short texts on familiar topics. Use appropriate writing conventions.

KōreroKōrero - Speaking: Initiate and sustain short conversations.

WhakarongoWhakarongo - Listening: Understand a range of short oral texts consisting mainly of familiar language.

WhakaatuWhakaatu - Presenting: Present texts in which visual and verbal features interact.

MātakitakiMātakitaki - Viewing: Identify and respond to some visual and verbal features of texts.


Lesson sequence

In this activity the students will discuss when they are going, where they are going and what they will do there.

Cut up the Resource sheets (3C, 3D and 3E) to create three sets of cards for students.

Place the cards in the three sets (time, place, activity) and ask the students to select one card from each set.

Have the students create sentences using the time, place and activity from the cards they selected, for example: At 8 o’clock I am going to town to watch a movie.

Hand out copies of the Word list: Ā te pō ka moe and Resource sheet 3F: Telling the time. Explain that these resources will assist them to write up plans for a weekend trip based on the times, places and activities chosen above.

Using Resource sheet 3F: Telling the time and Resource sheet 3G: My weekend trip, have the students write their plans on the table provided. (Model sentences are provided on Resource sheet 3G). The students should include the times, places visited and the activities planned, for example:

Āhea tāua haere ai?
When will we (you and I) go?

Ā te tekau karaka tāua haere ai.
We (you and I) will go at 10 o’clock.

Ā te tekau karaka tāua haere ai ki te taha moana, ki te kauhoe.
At 10 o’clock you and I will go to the beach, to swim.

Language to use

Informal letter writing:

locative (location) indicates future tense, for example, ‘ā’ or `hei

tāua you and I (dual pronoun)

ki te directional particle before places (also expresses ‘to do’ ).


Use ‘te’ or ‘ngā’ before nouns, for example: te toa, the shop.

Further learning

As a class, the students could organise a class trip, using as much Māori as is practicable.

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