Active Listening: Podcasts Aotearoa New Zealand History Volume Two



We have created this Aotearoa New Zealand History podcast resource to support teachers to use podcasts in their classrooms. It’s great to listen to podcasts, but to keep students engaged, they also need a purpose for listening. Our Active Listening resource can give students that purpose!
In the set of Active Listening: Podcast Task Cards, the focus is Aotearoa New Zealand history through The Aotearoa History Show: Season Two podcasts from RNZ.
A full digital pack is now included.
Each podcast episode in this resource has two task cards associated with it.
  • The first task card asks students to take notes and summarise as they listen. This involves sketch-noting, finding key ideas and writing a one-two sentence summary.
    • We have provided a working model of this skill that can be taught and modelled to students.
  • The second task card has six comprehension questions for students to answer while, or after, listening. These questions are designed to correspond to the podcast’s content and reinforce the podcast’s main messages.
  • The questions cover many aspects of comprehension including summarising, making connections, questioning, evaluating and visualising, as well as some vocabulary activities and creative tasks.
A full digital pack is now included.
Please note: Season two is set at a much higher level than the first season of The Aotearoa History Show. The topics are covered in much more detail and some of the topics contain information, which is more appropriate for older and more mature students – we suggest Year 7 – Year 10.
The Aotearoa History Show: Season Two – Radio New Zealand with support from NZ On Air
This podcast is the story of New Zealand and its people from its geological origins to the modern day. In season two the podcast goes deeper into specific topics covering many nooks and crannies of our nation’s story. From the impact of rabbits on our economy and environment to how being a teenager has changed over the decades, and from the first 500 years of Māori culture to the wild, transformative days of the gold rushes.
This podcast supports all four of the contexts of the Aotearoa NZ Histories curriculum, including
  • Whakapapa me te Whanaungatanga – Culture and Identity
  • Tino Rangatiratanga me te Kāwanatanga – Government and Organisation
  • Tūrangawaewae me te Kaitiakitanga – Place and Environment
  • Kōwhiringa Ohaoha me te Wha Oranga – Economic Activity
Why Practice Active Listening?
Research tells us that better listeners are better readers. Reading is a function of two key components: decoding and language comprehension. Listening is a key part of language comprehension. In the Science of Reading, the awareness of sounds that make up spoken words is critical. Listening to stories helps students hear grammar and syntax and understand how stories work. Incidental exposure to vocabulary through listening together helps students learn the meaning of unknown words.


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