Monday, 26 May 2014

Modelling Matariki to Room 11

Today room 11 modeled our solar system in relation to the Martariki star constellation.  We used a basket ball as the Sun, a tennis ball as the Earth and 7 counters representing the Matariki constellation. This helped students to understand why Matariki is only visible at certain times of the year.  

The Sun

The Earth

The Earth rotating round the Sun.
This model helped the students recognise that when New Zealand was facing away from the sun, it was night time and New Zealand was looking out into space towards matariki.

 The seven counters representing the seven stars of Matariki.


Shared reading of Matariki as part of our introduction of Matariki inquiry.

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