Māui Myths Lower Primary | Māori Myths and Legends

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Do your students love the demi-god Māui? Learn more about him with these Māui Myths Lower Primary reading passages and questions. You’re welcome! This pack includes four Year Three and Four traditional literature myth passages with six engaging text-dependent, higher-order thinking tasks. These worksheets are great for your New Zealand reading program, as part of a reliever/substitute teacher pack, or as homework tasks. Suitable as an entry point to Polynesian mythology and history!
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). The texts provided are purposely more involved than a basic text, and are designed to be read and explored on multiple occasions.
This resource features British spelling and paper sizes.
What this resource is all about:
The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Maori Myth and Legend (or Pūrākau) texts and engaging higher order thinking questions. Each of the myths provided is about Māui!
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). We have also included 15 additional literacy and design challenges.
In this Māui Myths Lower Primary pack you will receive:
1. Four texts:
  • Māui and the Sun
  • Māui and the Giant Fish
  • How Māui Discovered Fire
  • How Māui Met His Father
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the NZ Curriculum
  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
  • Making Connections
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesize
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualising
  • Make Predictions
3. 15 Additional Literacy and Design Challenges
  • Billboard
  • Photo Snapshot
  • Film Strip
  • Post card
  • Email
  • Newspaper Report
  • Wanted Poster
  • Design Challenge
  • Māui’s Meal
  • Job Advertisement
  • Book Cover Design
  • Word Find
  • Venn Diagram
  • Mini Booklet
  • T-Shirt Design
4. Four Graphic Organiser Examples
  • Character Map
  • Story Map
  • Story Plot Mountain
  • Flow Diagram
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


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