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Students use creative tools in the Seesaw app or website to complete classroom activities like "Taonga or Treasures"

Shona Poppe

Student Instructions

Taonga or Treasures

1. Read the story: Family Treasures Senior Journals Part 1 Number 3 2007 2. Have a discussion about : What is taonga or treasures in their family? 3. Draw your taonga using Kidpix (computer), Drawing Pad (iPad). 4. Export your drawing to Skitch. Make some labels that describe how you feel about your toanga and who it reminds you of. 5. You can either: A. Open and Upload your image and tell the story behind your taonga. (For older students) In the caption write a reflection about - How did you feel about telling this story? Why do you think families have taonga? OR B. If you have a long story, export your finished image to iMovie (on computer or iPad) or any other oral app and record your story about your taonga. Open and Upload your video Write a reflection (See A) 6. when you are ready to post to your journal.

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, Social Studies
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Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

This is a great activity to be able to celebrate cultural diversity in a classroom and to get to know your students better. 1. For younger students the story can be read to them or as a share reading activity. 2. The teacher may want to read the story one day and then for homework, the students go home and speak to their parents about what is "taonga" or what is valued in their family. Family heirlooms or even traditions. The students are then ready to complete their artefact. 3. Option A - is for young students that would have a short story and they can make their labels in seesaw. Option B is for those students that may want to speak for a longer time or would like to add a few more images and turn it into a digital story.