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Notes for teachers

This DVD is a teaching resource for schools. An online version is available at talesresource.tepapa.govt.nz. To get the most out of the resource, we recommend you read the following teaching notes thoroughly before using the Tales in your classroom. The notes explain some of the ways in which you can use the Tales in your learning programmes.

Contents

Overview

Curriculum learning areas

Curriculum levels

Questions for students

Response templates

Links to Te Papa website and other relevant educational resources

Overview

The resource features 120 Tales from Te Papa, a series of mini-documentaries created to reveal some of the many unique and important pieces that Te Papa holds in trust for the nation.

Each Tale comprises a short video to interest and engage students and a resource page. Each page includes the following:

  • Curriculum learning areas and levels – the Tales can be connected with several learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum, at a range of levels. These are listed at the top of each page.
  • Te Papa collection to which the Tale belongs.
  • Questions and response templates for students. These can be used as catalysts for responses from individuals or groups. They are designed to prompt students into discussion, exploration, research and critical response.
  • Links to relevant material on the Te Papa website and other relevant educational resources.

You can either browse the Tales by curriculum area, or search by keyword. When browsing by curriculum area, Tales are grouped according to curriculum sub-area or strand, then grouped according to the Te Papa collection to which they belong.

These Tales from Te Papa were commissioned by TVNZ 7, in partnership with Vero. They are presented by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere.

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Curriculum learning areas

Each Tale relates to two or more of the following curriculum learning areas:

  • English
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Sciences.

Every Tale is connected to the English curriculum because they all involve listening and viewing.

While we have identified the curriculum learning areas (and sub-areas or strands) relevant to each Tale, you will need to use your own judgement to decide whether or not a particular Tale will suit your teaching needs.

Some learning areas may not have direct connections with the Tales. These are: Mathematics and Statistics, Technology and Learning Languages.

After viewing a specific Tale, you may decide it has relevance for a different curriculum learning area.

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Curriculum levels

A range of levels has been assigned to each Tale as a general guide only. The level at which a Tale can be used by you in class will depend on the depth to which you wish to explore specific ideas and information.

The Tales can be used flexibly and with greater or lesser degrees of support at whatever level best meets the teaching and learning purpose and is supported by the Tale.

Wherever possible, the levels are assigned with regard to the content of the Tale and the requirements of the curriculum. Because more than one curriculum learning area is assigned to each Tale, the levels may vary between those areas.

After viewing a specific Tale, you may decide it has relevance for a different curriculum level.

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Questions for students

Each Tale is accompanied by five questions. You can use these to prompt discussion, or assign one or more questions for students to respond to themselves. Use them flexibly according to your teaching and learning objectives.

The first question is usually designed to elicit straight recall or listening comprehension. Sometimes, this will include explanation of a word or expression.

Subsequent questions are not specifically assigned to curriculum learning areas, but the connections are usually obvious. Likewise, the questions can usually apply to a range of levels.

Students don't have to answer all questions for any one Tale: rather they are designed to stimulate thinking, discussion and further explorations.

You can adapt the questions to meet the teaching and learning needs of your programme.

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Response templates

There are six response templates (downloadable as PDFs) that students can use to explore and make notes about a Tale. You can adapt these templates to suit your teaching needs, or you may wish to have students design their own templates for responding to the Tales.

The templates can be used for any curriculum learning area and at any curriculum level. The degree of complexity or sophistication required depends on the task set. The templates should be regarded as a way of recording notes, rather than a worksheet to be completed.

At least one of the five questions for a Tale will fit with a particular response template, but they are not prescriptive or limited to that question. Feel free to use the templates wherever you feel they are relevant.

The six templates are described below:

Words

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Students are asked to explore words in a Tale in at least three ways: derivation, word family (similar words) and meaning. You may also ask students to find collocations (words that go together) or to investigate connotations (meanings given by association) or other word features. Encourage students to use the template with words they may recognise but are not really sure about the meanings or how the words should be used.

Comparisons

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A simple two-circle Venn diagram is provided to allow students to identify similarities and differences between two stories, ideas, concepts or other aspects of a Tale. Asking students to make a summarising comment helps them to think more deeply about the topic and about their own thinking.

Connections and conclusions

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Making connections with a topic or idea is an important component of comprehension. This template allows students to record their own personal connections as well as those made from other sources (books, internet, television), and from their wider knowledge of the world. By drawing conclusions from these connections, students deepen their thinking and understanding, increasing the networks of schema they have about a topic.

Key questions

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Asking questions increases thinking and the gaining of knowledge and insight. With this template, students can record a few key (or 'burning') questions that may arise as they view a Tale. The template then prompts students to use the Tale and other sources to find information. Students can make notes as they synthesise the information they have gathered.

Then and now

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Many of the Tales invite viewers to think about the past and compare it with the present. This template asks students to identify several aspects within a Tale, then compare past and present through the lens of each aspect. In doing so, students gain a fuller picture of differences and changes, rather than a simple one-dimensional comparison. You may want to specify aspects to be used, such as political, social and economic contexts when considering changes over time.

Ideas

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This template gives students the basis for brainstorming ideas triggered by a Tale. It can be extended in whatever way students choose. Students are prompted to make decisions about an idea to follow up and the first steps they will take.

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Links to Te Papa website and other relevant educational resources

Each Tale relates to a specific collection or process used at Te Papa. We provide links to the relevant collections on each page of this resource, and where possible, we also link to information about specific items in Te Papa's collection. You can use these links as required in your teaching, or simply browse the Te Papa website to find information on topics or items connected to the Tales. We also provide links to TVNZ 7's Learning Hub. The Learning Hub is an online destination for teachers, parents and students, offering quality education resources based on popular TVNZ 7 programmes.

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