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Kei te pēhea te āhua o te rangi? - How’s the weather?

Achievement objective

2.4 Communicate about ... weather.

Learning intention

Students can:

  • describe the weather, using simple words or phrases.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

WhakaatuWhakaatu – presenting: Produce visual texts to present information and/or ideas.

KōreroKōrero – speaking: Initiate simple conversations in te reo Māori.

PānuiPānui – reading: Recognise and understand simple, familiar written words, phrases, and sentences.

Lesson sequence

In this lesson, the students will create a weather space on the wall, using key terms. Explain to the students that they will draw weather illustrations to be placed there.

Ask the students about the weather on a daily basis.

Kei te pēhea te āhua o te rangi, tamariki mā? What is the weather like today children?

The students may respond in English. If they do, introduce the Māori term to describe the weather. For example, ‘Ua’ is the Māori word for rain. In Māori we say, ‘Kei te ua’. It’s raining.

Have the students draw illustrations of rain to be placed in the weather space.

Language to use

paki fine
wera hot
makariri cold
hukapapa snowy
ua rainy
marangai stormy
mākū wet
tau te kohu foggy
pupuhi te hau windy (the wind is blowing)
Kei te pēhea te āhua ō te rangi? What’s the weather like today?
Kei te mahana. It’s warm.
Kei te pupuhi te hau. It’s windy (the wind is blowing).


Create a simple cloze on the weather wall. Ask the students to take turns placing the weather term in a sentence on the weather wall, for example:

Question: Kei te pēhea te āhua o te rangi? How's the weather?

Answer: Kei te paki. It’s fine.

Further learning

Discuss the role of Tāwhirimātea, the god of winds, in determining the weather.

Use the following sentence to ask the students about target vocabulary:

He aha te kupu Māori mō _______? What’s the Māori word for _________?

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