Integrate Matariki – The Māori New Year into your reading programme with our Matariki Year 3 and 4 reading passages and questions. This pack includes three non-fiction and Maori Myth and Legends passages with six pages of engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks. It also includes two sets of activities based on popular Matariki storybooks. Learn more about the history of Matariki, how Matariki is celebrated today, and a popular Māori myth based on the Matariki star cluster.
***This resource includes new research findings of two new stars in the Matariki cluster.***
The texts provided are purposely more involved than a basic text and are designed to be read and explored on multiple occasions.
These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. These link directly to the New Zealand Curriculum, Level Two, Listening, Reading and Viewing (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact skills found in each activity).
This resource features British/NZ spelling and paper sizes.
In this Matariki Year 3 and 4 reading resource you will receive:
1. Three texts:
- What is Matariki?
- Matariki Today
- Matariki and the Stars legend
2. Two sets of Higher Order Thinking Activities based on the following stories:
- Daniel’s Matariki Feast by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington (great for lower readers)
- The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins
This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).
Please note: You will need a copy of these stories to complete the activities. They are widely available in public libraries, and are highly likely in your school library.
3. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the NZ Curriculum
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
- Making Connections
- Find Facts and Details
- Make Inferences
- Identify the main idea
- Ask and Answer Questions
- Compare and Contrast
- Make Predictions
4. Four Graphic Organiser Examples
- Information Web
- Flow Chart
- Main Idea
- Character Web
5. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions
6. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.
7. Close Reading Bookmarks
Please note: This is a digital resource and will be emailed to you as a PDF.