This brightly coloured wall display is a beautiful and alternate way to track the seasons in your classroom! It makes comparing & contrasting the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) with the Gregorian (solar) calendar easy. It can be assembled and displayed as 2 separate calendars or combined.
It can be assembled and displayed as 2 separate calendars or combined – the central wheel is 35cm across and when added to the other elements that are part of the resource, makes an eye catching display around a metre wide.
- Use the ‘plant me’ vegetable labels to plan this season’s school gardens
- Use the resource as a spring board into further investigations around how Māori mark, measure and move through time
- Prepare for some of the annual events that are special to Aotearoa by including the pre-made labels on your calendar (Waitangi day, Matariki, Anzac, Christmas, Easter & Labour Day etc)
- Use the blank labels to add other important school dates such as children’s birthdays or term events. blank labels to add other important school dates such as children’s birthdays or term events.
- The calendar is comprised of 4 circles of varying size which are assembled and then combine with a split-pin to allow the circles to rotate
- The Gregorian (12 months of the year) and the Maramataka (periods of time) sections are larger circles which will require some cutting and gluing to assemble. The Maramataka portion is the largest at approx 35cm across.
- You may want to laminate some portions if you think they’ll get high use.
- Either fix the circles and move the arrow included (to show which part of the calendar we’re currently in), OR fix the arrow and rotate the circles.
- This resource contains some key ideas in simple language that explain the differences between the Maramataka (lunar) & Gregorian (solar) calendars.
- The 10 Maramataka main ideas are displayed on little moons
- The 5 Gregorian calendar main ideas are displayed on little Suns
- This resource contains 100+ circular colour-coded labels that match the main calendar: purple for Winter, green for Spring, yellow for Summer & orangey-red for Autumn (4 labels per A4 page)
- They include “plant now” labels to show which crops are best planted in this season
- Some traditional tohu (signs) are included that indicate a change of season (special birds appearing or flowers blooming, as well as the appearance of certain stars and fish)
- Annual seasonal events (Matariki, equinoxes, Anzac day, Waitangi day, Christmas, Easter etc.