"Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui", School Journal, level 2, November 2017
24 November 2017
This article describes how a school in Taranaki celebrates the appearance of the star Puanga. For them, this signals the start of the Māori New Year because it is difficult to see Matariki in the Taranaki region.
You can find PDF versions of the text and the teacher support materials, as well as the audio on Literacy Online: Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui, School Journal, level 2, November 2017.
Other useful resources
Students could also explore technologies that are used to capture images and information about the night sky.
Mark Gee is a New Zealand astrophotographer. He discusses some of the technology he uses to take his stunning photographs of the night sky.
Telescopes were first invented in the 17th century. The developments in telescopes have allowed humans to see things nowadays which are normally not visible to the human eye.
This article and video describes a new innovative telescope that can record videos of the eternal sky changes from night to night.
These could include:
- What resources do the class have available to make a time capsule?
- What will the purpose and attributes of the time capsule be?
- What key stages will there be as we make our time capsules?
- How can we describe our potential time capsules through, drawing, models and verbally?
- Which capsule would be the best one to make?
- Did our final outcome successfully address the brief?
Explore some of the technologies used to view the night sky:
- How have these technologies had a positive impact on society?
- What is the relationship between telescopic technologies and the made, natural, and social world?
Indicators of progression for discussion starters
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