Saturday, 2 April 2016

Whakapapa / Family Tree
This term students in Ruma Tahi have been investigating their family trees. This was a part of our mihi unit. We researched and wrote our basic mihi and then created a digital learning object so that we could share our visual mihi with others. Some of us learned how to use 'screencastify' so that we could demonstrate our pronunciation when speaking our mihi. 

After completing our mihi we each created a branch for our classroom family tree. This tree stretched across a wall and around a corner because there are so many of us in Ruma Tahi! We found out that many of us share common ancestors. More of us share common countries of origin. We all know that each of us has ancestors who travelled to Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Our final step was to write a poem that referenced the idea of whakapapa / family tree. This week we have one to share with you.

I Am the Green Apple of My Family Tree

I am a green apple, I’m in the middle.
My sister is the blossom, who just bloomed.
My dad and mum are red, nice and ripe.
My grandparents have turned yellow, after their days.   
My great grandparents are the soil, but they're still there for us in a way.
My aunts, uncles and cousins are in the nearby branches.
The more distant  they’re related to me, the further away they are.
No matter what or who we become we will always stay near our apple tree.
People are there before me
and people will come after
me.
I’m the middle of my apple tree.

By Lakshitha

8 comments:

  1. Hi Lakshitha I love your poem about the family tree it is very interesting. I've made a family tree poem before at home. Maybe next time you could add more colour.

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  2. Hello

    I liked the way you went to the beach and had lunch on the beach and that you had a lot of fun there. Next time you could sleep there or have a school camp but it still looked cool. How did you get to the beach?





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  3. Hi Lakshitha, I love your writing because you put the words together in an interesting way. I would love to try and write one myself, I especially like the end. Maybe you could…. nevermind, I don’t know what you could do to improve it! I was immediately intrigued by it from the start, you obviously thought about it deeply, From Erika.

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  4. Bonjour Lakshitha. My name is Curtis and I would like to say that I really enjoyed your poem. It was very creative and descriptive and I really enjoyed the fact that the poem was about your family. I would enjoy your poem even more if you added a font. I just think that It would hook people even more and it would look even better than It already Is. But apart from that I really enjoyed your poem .Keep up the great work.

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  5. I Love your poem about your family but maybe next time you can see what pops up in your head when you think of your family
    <3

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  6. That's a lovely poem. It gave me goose bumps. Maybe you could make more and put them on a slide.

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  7. Hi Lakshitha, i like the way that you have made this by making it rhyme by saying the thing that you said and im guessing that this is a family thing witch i get and it is a nice thing to do.

    From Zane at PanmureBridge school

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  8. Hi Lakshitha, i like the way that you have made this by making it rhyme by saying the thing that you said and im guessing that this is a family thing witch i get and it is a nice thing to do.

    From Zane at PanmureBridge school

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