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Ngā tangi o te kāinga

Nā Tipene Watson

If there were no alarms and signs to send messages to us, things could be different as the surprised students discover.

'Ngā tangi o te kāinga' story by Tipene Watson, with page numbers from He Kohikohinga 34.


Ka tangi te karaka a tōku pāpā hei whakaoho i a ia.

Dad's alarm clock rings to wake him.


Ka tangi te waea hei whakautu mā tētahi o mātou.

The phone rings for one of us to answer.


Ka tangi te puoro hihiko hei tohu kua wera ngā kai.

The microwave oven rings to alert us the food is hot.


Ka tangi te reo irirangi hei whakangahau i a mātou.

The radio plays music to make us sing-along.


Ka tangi te pahū kauruki hei whakatūpato i a mātou.

The smoke alarm rings to warn us.


Ka tangi tā mātou pēpi hei whakamōhio mai kia hikina a ia.

Our baby cries to let us know she wants to be lifted.


Ka tangi te pūtoto o te pahi hei whakakamakama i ahau.

The school bus horn toots to make me hurry.


Auē, kua mahue ahau!

Pity! I 've missed it!

Achievement objectives:

The student will be able to speak, question and express their own thoughts to others in sequence and with clarity:

  • to use the language and words he has learnt
  • to use simple language for short presentation, to demonstrate learned

Essential skills

Information: Organises and presents information clearly.
Problem solving: Demonstrates enjoyment of problem solving activities.

Other curriculum areas:

  • Science – Physical world: A unit on sound.
  • Health – Physical health and development: A unit on caring properly for our ears.

Activities to support the achievement objectives

1. Teacher directed

  • Hand the text to each child. Teacher to read.
  • Put children into mixed ability groups of four or five.
  • Listen carefully to the questions below, discuss until they all agree on an answer to share with the class.
  • Allow one group at a time to demonstrate the sound of an alarm clock, telephone, microwave oven, baby, bus horn.


  • Who in your house needs the clock to wake him/her?
  • How is a microwave oven different to an oven?
  • What other reasons might make a baby cry?
  • What else does a radio do besides play songs?

2. Teacher directed

  • Children to take turns reading the story.
  • Draw an outline of a house in their drawing books.
  • Draw the items that make different types of sounds often heard in the kitchen and lounge.
  • Choose five to write sentences using the structure, 'Ka tangi te ______________.'
  • Share your answers and imitate the sound of the item.


  • How do we rely on sound?
  • Why do we rely on sound?

3. Teacher directed

  • In pairs have children read the text to each other.
  • Choose 12 main words from the story to design a crossword.
  • Find the appropriate squares and write them in.
  • Find and write the clues for the down and across lists.
  • Remember, each clue has its own number.
  • Draw another copy of the same crossword but leave out the main words.
  • Hand it to another pair of students.
  • Take turns at reading out the clues.
  • When finished, the main words should all be showing in the crossword.
  • Swap roles.

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