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He kōrero nanu - Jumbled sentences

He kōrero nanu - Jumbled sentences

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

6.1  Give and follow instructions.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • recognise grammatical relationships
  • rearrange jumbled up sentences to create meaning.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

PanuiPānui - Reading: Make use of context and familiar language to understand written instructions and information in formal and informal contexts.

TuhituhiTuhituhi - Writing: Use appropriate writing conventions.

KoreroKōrero - Speaking: Give short talks in familiar contexts on familiar topics that relate to the past and present.


Note: Resource sheet 6G is easier than Resource sheet 6H.

Resource sheet 6F - He kōrero nanu

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-6F-He-korero-nanu-.doc
  • 2.1 MB
Resource sheet 6G - He māmā

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-6G-He-mama.doc
  • 32 KB
Resource sheet 6H - He uaua

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-6H-He-uaua.doc
  • 31 KB
Glossary Kupu taka - He kōrero nanu

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Glossary-Kupu-taka-He-korero-nanu.doc
  • 31 KB
Teachers’ notes 2 - Ngā rerenga kōrero

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Teachers-notes-2-Nga-rerenga-korero.doc
  • 34 KB

Lesson sequence

Hand out copies of the kupu taka, Resource sheet 6F: He kōrero nanu and either Resource sheet 6G: He māmā or Resource sheet 6H: He uaua to the students. 

Complete two examples together as a class, then ask the students to rearrange the jumbled sentences from Resource sheet 6G or Resource sheet 6H, writing their answers on Resource sheet 6F. The pictures provide clues for matching.

On completion, ask the students to read a sentence aloud and point out the corresponding picture.

Guide the class in a discussion about the sentences using the answer sheet Teachers’ notes 2: Ngā rerenga kōrero, providing correct answers where necessary.

Language to use

Use the kei te structure for both present and future tense.

Present tense 
Kei te is, am, are
Future tense 
Kei te is going to, am going to, are going to
Use a combination of sentence beginnings and structures. 
Past tense 
I -ed, did
Ka for sequence or narrative, for instance retelling a story
Future tense 
Ka will
Kia when
Completed tense 
Kua has, have
Indefinite article 
He a, some


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