Te Kete Ipurangi Navigation:

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi user options:

Ministry of Education.
Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta

“Whai (String games)”, Ready to read, level 1, September 2018

08 September 2018

An illustration of Mahi and Hani holding string

In this heart-warming story, Mahi teaches Hani how to make shapes with a piece of string. Hani struggles at first, but with Mahi’s patient teaching and his perseverance, he is eventually successful. This story gives an insight into a traditional game common to many cultures and demonstrates the concept of tuakana–teina (an older sibling or cousin helping a younger one).

You can find the audio story and teaching notes here: Whai (String games), Ready to read, level 1, September 2018

Other useful resources

Learning about technology through toys

This resource outlines years 1–2 students learning about technology through toys. They created their own toys to meet a brief.

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • Could we make or team up with our reading buddies to make a simple toy or game for a classmate, friend, or brother or sister? Would this be a similar kindness shown by Mahi to Hani on how to play and make shapes with string?
  • What size, shape, colour, smell, texture, and components will your toy or game have? (the physical attributes of the toy)
  • What will the the toy/game do – for example it will be for playing and pretending to fly an aeroplane. (the functional attributes of the toy)
  • Can we draw, make a model, and or talk about our possible toy/game?
  • Which of our ideas is the best and matches the attributes we described?
  • Did we produce a toy/game that matched the attributes?

Progress outcomes for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Brief development
  • communicate the outcome to be produced
  • identify attributes for an outcome
Outcome development and evaluation
  • describe potential outcomes, through drawing, models and/or verbally
  • identify potential outcomes that are in keeping with the attributes, and select one to produce
  • produce an outcome in keeping with identified attributes.

Return to top ^