How are you? Such a simple question that can tell us so much. A question that allows all of us to share our happiness or explain why we are feeling a bit flat.
Room 14 teacher and students are continually learning the importance of talking about our feelings, especially when we are upset, so classmates can help us or so that we can help ourselves. The class usually does this by speaking in english, so everyone thought we would challenge ourselves by trying to do this in Te Reo.
Room 14’s learning intention: To ask and answer questions about feelings in te reo.
In te reo, ‘kei te pēhea koe?’ when translated into english, means ‘how are you?’ To answer this, you would say ‘kei te _________ahau’ and use a feeling word in the blank space.
To practise this sentence structure and learn feeling words, Room 14 started off using question and response posters.
Then everyone created a feeling mask based on a feeling word they had learnt. The masks were a fun way to express different emotions and for everyone to practise their te reo. The students wrote down the te reo question and response on the back of their masks so they could use this sentence structure to practise asking and answering this question.
Another way Room 14 practised this sentence structure was using drama. The audience would ask a student how they were feeling. That student could either give a correct response to match their mask or a different one. The only catch was, the audience had to work out if the person answering the question was telling the truth or trying to trick them.
For example a student might say “Kei te ngenge ahau” while acting out sick. The class would answer with tika (true, correct) or kāo (no, false) by holding up the suitable response card.Ngenge means tired, so in this case the child would have been trying to trick the class.
Room 14’s next step is to learn a range of feeling words and to ask ‘mea koe?’ which when translated into english means ‘and you?’ This will allow students to ask how someone else is feeling once they have been asked and answered themselves.
The goal as a class is to try and use the Te Reo we learnt daily. It’s important to use the language so New Zealand does not lose our native language.
Maybe you could challenge yourself and your family by using Te Reo to share your feelings too.
Keywords: Kei te pēhea koe? How are You? Mea koe? Masks, sentence structure.