Waitangi Day {Resources for LOWER Primary}


Our resources are available as INSTANT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS, no physical resources will be shipped! This file is in A4 PDF format.



Our popular Waitangi day resource is now available in a pack for our lower primary learners!

This 25+ page A4 pack is designed to support your classroom discussions about the Treaty of Waitangi. It was created to address the lack of easy to use resources for LOWER primary aged children (Years 0,1 & 2) You can mix and match from the large selection of pages to best meet the needs of your class. Many of the pages and activities in this pack are easily adapted for differing abilities – complete as a whole class mini lessons, with a buddy/small group or individually.

 Included in this resource are:

• One cut mini book (plus instructions) containing basic facts about Waitangi
• 6 class challenges to complete – find and mark Waitangi on a map of New Zealand, Find out who in the class has a birthday in February! Whose birth date is the closest to February the 6th? How far away is the town you live in from the Treaty grounds in Waitangi etc.
• Cut and paste the pictures to match the Waitangi facts
• Waitangi day Can/Has/Is writing template
• Waitangi day true or false questions (plus answers)
• Some Maori Chiefs signed the Treaty with their moko patterns. How do you sign your name? What symbol would you choose to represent you?
• Maori Whakatauki (proverb)
• Add the vowels to complete these Waitangi themed words
• How do you spend Waitangi day? Write or draw your ideas
• Simple Waitangi themed word finds (one with 6 words, one with 9)
• Waitangi themed acrostic poem template
• Things to think about – There are both celebrations and protests at Waitangi every year. Why do you think that is? The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is a very important event in NZ’s history, but not very many people know much about it. Why do you think that is?
• The top 5 reasons why we’re so lucky to live in NZ are…….
• How many new words can you make out of the word Waitangi?
• A selection of Waitangi themed colouring sheets
• What questions do you have about Waitangi Day? Record your ‘open’ questions and find an expert to answer them!
• Blast from the past……The treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. What do you think the town you live in now looked like then? Draw or write about your ideas.
• Design your own Treaty (Does your class or school have rules that everyone agrees to follow? What happens if you don’t follow the rules? Make up some rules for the children who sit at your table. If they agree to follow your rules, get them to sign the bottom of your treaty)
• New Zealand’s official flags – information and colour by number activity for: The flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, The current NZ flag & the Maori Tino Rangatiratanga flag.
• Use the template provided to design your own flag for NZ that you think would best represent NZ and all its people
• 10 Waitangi challenges (e.g. what events are happening in your local community to commemorate Waitangi day? How could you find out about them? Speak with your parents and grandparents about how they used to celebrate Waitangi day when they were young. What did they learn at school about it?)
• This resource includes a Mini wall poster (We’re learning about Waitangi Day) – perfect for enlarging to A3 and using as part of your wall display (in black and white and colour)


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