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Castaway Clothes

Episode:11Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change

Description:What happened if you were shipwrecked on New Zealand's outlying islands? Find a hut filled with treasures like biscuits, wool suits and leather boots.

Questions for students

  1. Note down the specialised vocabulary you heard in this Tale. Try to work out the meanings yourself before you check them in a dictionary. Use the 'Words' response template to record your explorations.
  2. Why were these tins of supplies so important? To whom? What is the significance of the supplies now? Why are they kept in our national museum?
  3. What has changed in our world that makes supplies like these no longer necessary? What would happen to the survivors if a ship went down off the New Zealand coast nowadays? Identify one or more aspects that have changed and use the 'Then and now' response template to record your ideas.
  4. Who might have or need emergency supplies nowadays? What would you find in a modern emergency supply kit?
  5. What questions occurred to you as you watched this Tale? How could you find out the answers?

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