The Eyes of Tāwhirimātea Reading Comprehension and Literacy Activities Year 5-8

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Description

Explore the origins of the Matariki Star Cluster with the Maori pūrākau (Māori myth) The Eyes of Tāwhirimātea. Our set of reading and literacy activities provides two options for you: whole-class teaching slides and printable worksheets for small-group or independent use. These activities work for Year 5-8 learners and align with the Science of Reading and the principles of a knowledge-rich curriculum.
 
In this The Eyes of Tāwhirimātea Reading Comprehension and Literacy Activities pack, you receive:
 
1. A whole-class teaching set of PowerPoint slides (42 slides)
  • Shared reading text
  • Reading comprehension questions, including making inferences
  • GIST summarising activity – a great tool for students to get the “GIST” of the text
  • Literacy and language skills questions
    • Vocabulary
    • Sentence Structure
    • Figurative Language
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Grammar
  • Text structure organising activity
    • Concept Map
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Creative thinking follow-up activities
2. Small group or independent activities (19 pages)
  • A one-page reading text
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • GIST summarising activity – a great tool for students to get the “GIST” of the text
  • Literacy and language skills questions
  • Text structure organising activity
    • Narrative Story Mountain Graphic Organiser
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Creative thinking follow-up activities
 
3. Answers Key for applicable questions.
 
4. Comprehensive Teacher Guide and ‘Tips For Use’ page with ways to use this resource in your classroom—a MUST-READ guide!
 
These activities come with British spelling and paper sizes.
 
WHY this resource?
By engaging with Matariki through these activities, students will develop reading comprehension through the Science of Reading, which emphasises comprehension strategies alongside building vocabulary, grammar, syntax, sentence and text structure, verbal reasoning, and rich content knowledge. These activities provide comprehensive knowledge about Matariki and build students’ literacy and critical thinking skills, aligning with the principles of a knowledge-rich curriculum.

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