A Week in New Zealand History May: Discussion Google Slides and PDF

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Our A Week in New Zealand History resource explores key moments within Aotearoa New Zealand’s history. This resource serves as a bite-sized piece of Aotearoa’s history to stir discussion, pique interest, and get you started.
In this set, our Discussion Google Slides and posters explore 16 events from the month of May (see the full list below). The resource has clear links to the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum for Year 4-6 and Year 7-8.
Each slide contains a brief paragraph explainer, a discussion question, an inquiry prompt, and two “Dig Deeper” links to websites, videos, and photos.
We’ve also included a full set of posters with QR codes if you would rather print and present these as posters in your room. 
The events highlighted in our A Week in New Zealand History: May set are:
  • Richard Seddon Becomes Premier
  • Rationing Begins in New Zealand During World War Two
  • First European Plough Used in New Zealand
  • New Zealand’s First Woman Doctor Registered
  • First School Journal Published
  • New Zealand’s First Woman Barrister and Solicitor Appointed
  • Charles Upham presented with the first Victoria Cross
  • The Plunket Society is Formed
  • Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Addresses Kotahitanga Māori Parliament
  • Death of Māori King Korokī
  • New Zealand’s First Sheep Released
  • Pasifika Labourers Arrive in Auckland
  • Waikato-Tainui sign a Deed of Settlement with the Crown
  • Hillary and Tenzing Reach the Summit of Everest
  • Rocket Lab Launches New Zealand’s First Rocket into Space
  • Fingerprints Help Convict Murderer
Links to Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum:
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Kōwhiringa ohaoha me te whai oranga | Economic activity

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