Maori kites and Kite Making. Free resources with lesson ideas.

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Resource details: 51 x A4 size pages. 2900 words. Includes many images and video links.

Summary and Overview Lesson & Resource:

This resource is useful in teaching about Maori Kites and kite making. It prompts the learner to explore kites from around the world in a global context. Integrated curriculum components and subjects are included (e.g. Maths, Science, English, Social Sciences, Design and Visual Communication, and more). Sustainability and Global Citizenship are included an as an additional layer to the lesson on Kites.

 

Possibilities for Primary and Secondary schools (could also be

included in some tertiary courses)

 

There are many exciting possibilities for kites and kite making.

 

LISTEN TO STORIES ABOUT KITES: Stories from around the world.

INTEGRATED CURRICULUM: Maths – areas – shape/form – calculations (many possibilities).

Science: Aerodynamics & ‘flying things.

Social Sciences: Explore the different types of kites from a global perspective. Investigate the timeline of kite development over the ages.

Literacy: Creative Writing tell a Kite Story with pictures (include some freehand sketches).

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: Explore the different types of kites in the different cultures from around the world.

SUSTAINABILITY: Creating kites form organic materials or from recycled materials.

PRACTICAL COMPONENT/STUDENT ACTIVITY: Making of kites.

GREAT LESSON IDEA TO INCLUDE THE NEW DIGITAL CURRICULUM (NEW ZEALAND – 2018)

 

Situation: You have heaps of scrap paper, which you want to recycle. You have a passion for technology (electronics and computer programming). You just love including sound and LED lights to your projects.

 

Design brief: Make handmade paper from scrap paper (recycle) for a kite of your choice. Choose organic materials for the kite frame (e.g. bamboo – can bend). Include a 3-volt coin type battery to power a simple electrical circuit for your kite. If you are smart with basic tools and know how to use a soldering iron, create a simple circuit for the kite. The Led lights could lit up in the sky when it is overcast and late afternoon, as it gets darker. For fun, you could include a buzzer (sound). You have to include a simple switch. If you are sort of a nerd, why not include a simple microprocessor into a microprocessor it very simple. Go to the micro:bit BBC website and see how ‘puzzle type interface’ works. Simple drag and drop interface – learning how to code. See Picaxe programming. Easy!

 

Possibilities: Design and make paper to cover your kite (handmade paper). Include artwork to the finished handmade paper (e.g. Maori theme – koro/tattoo). Think about where Led lights could look great on your kite. Did you know aeroplanes and boats have specific colour lights to mark the tail and left side and the right side (boat or plane)? This idea Led lighting layout idea could be used if you want to fly your kite in low light conditions (dusk or dawn).

 

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Contents

Summary and Overview Lesson & Resource: Page 8

Integrated learning unit for Junior and Senior school students.  Page10

Areas for integration: 10

Development of lesson: 10

Possibilities for Primary and Secondary Schools (could also be included in some tertiary courses) 13

Keeping Kites Flying – Tales from Te Papa (YouTube) 14

Teaching resource: ‘Keeping Kites Flying’ (Tales From Te Papa) 14

http://talesresource.tepapa.govt.nz/resource/115.html 14

More videos on Māori Kites and kite making. 15

Leaf kites, the oldest way to make kites in the world – Sulawesi, Indonesia. 15

Images of Traditional Māori kites and other kites: 15

ACTIVITIES: KITE MAKING.. 16

Kite making (Manu aute) 16

Intended outcome(s) 16

Suggested approach. 16

Level 1 (NZQA Curriculum Levels) 16

Level 4 (NZQA Curriculum Levels) 16

Further activities. 16

DIFFERENT TYPES OF KITES: Starting with Māori kites. 17

Sketches of Māori Kites from the Te Papa Museum (New Zealand) 18

THE FOLLOWING SECTION IS TAKEN FROM THE teara.govt.nz WEBSITE: 24

Māori kites. 24

What were they made of?. 25

Types of Māori kite. 25

Kite flying from the 1840s. 25

REFERENCE: 25

VISIT THIS GREAT WEBSITE TO SEE EXCELLENT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF MĀORI KITE MAKING. IT ALSO INCLUDES MANY FREE LESSONS FOR EDUCATORS, PARENTS & CAREGIVERS. 26

Matariki: All about kites. 26

What is Matariki?. 26

Star light, star bright 27

Eyes to the sky. 27

Matariki myth. 27

Celebrations and remembrance. 27

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NOTES TO TEACHERS, PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.. 35

GREAT LESSON IDEA TO INCLUDE THE NEW DIGITAL CURRICULUM (NEW ZEALAND – 2018) 36

IF THIS BRIEF INTERESTS THE TEACHER AND THE STUDENT GO TO FIVE HOUSE PUBLISHING: 36

FLYING KITES AT NIGHT TIME (LED LIGHTING) 37

FOR INSPIRATION: LED KITES WITH FIREWORKS! 38

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ABOUT THE TEACHER AND AUTHOR: Page 43

More eBooks you could be interested in: Page 45

Maori Kite – ink pen and pencil sketch. Credit: W Van Zyl (March 2018)

 

Close up of Maori Kite – ink pen and pencil sketch. Credit: W Van Zyl (March 2018)

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