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  • Nā te manaakitanga a Matua Mokoro Gillett, a te tumuaki o Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha, tēnei mahi i tutuki.

    The purpose of this learning unit was to empower students working in a full-immersion reo Māori learning environment to seek their own language and concepts in describing native tree species and to communicate this information to their peers and families. To support this work, students were provided with examples of some of the characteristics botanists use to classify or identify plants.

    In addition to the main thread of this unit – researching their chosen tree species – students of Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha were provided with additional learning resources relating to fundamental aspects of plant biology such as pollination, seed dispersal, germination and photosynthesis. These resources were intended to spark curiosity and interest in plant biology, potentially leading to self-directed investigation of basic questions:

    • “Why do plants have leaves and flowers?”
    • “Why do plants produce seeds and fruit?”
    • “Why does leaf size and shape differ so much between tree species or between different growth stages of the same species?”
    • “Why does seed size or type vary so much between tree species?”
    Rights: Manatārua: Norman Mason

    Ngā rau o ngā rākau taketake o Aotearoa

    Tino rerekē te āhua o ngā rau o ngētehi rākau.

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    This unit attempts to present the relevant technical information in a form accessible to students and teachers with limited prior knowledge relating to plant identification and biology.

    Resources include bilingual articles:

    He aha hoki tērā rākau?

    Word downloads in te reo Māori only:

    All downloads are Word documents files to allow adaptation for individual kura needs.

    He kōrero kōpūtahi ❘ Related content

    The articles Indigenous perspectives – giants of the forests and The Majestic Samaúma – art meets science explore indigenous connections with trees in Aotearoa and in the Amazonian rainforest.

    Watch our webinar He rauemi reo Māori mō ngā rākau – Te reo Māori plant resources for an overview of the bilingual resources created with Dr Norm Mason.

    Exploring kōwhai mātauranga in the classroom is a first-hand account of a week-long inquiry of kōwhai trees, complete with kaiako-generated resources.

    Ngā hono ❘ Useful links

    He whakamihi

    Tēnei te mihi nui ki a Mokoro Gillett (Tumuaki o Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha) rāua ko Norman Mason (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research). Tēnā kōrua.


    Thank you to Mokoro Gillett (Principal of Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha) and Norman Mason (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research).

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