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‘O le Pūlou Pīniki

Storybook5

na tūsia e Junior Kiki Maepu

This story supports Matā‘upu 13 (Lā‘ei ma lanu / Clothes and colours).

For schools, ECE centres and education providers wishing to order this storybook go to www.thechair.minedu.govt.nz and enter item number 33628 into the search box. Others wishing to order this storybook will need to contact the publisher – Learning Media.

Text features

The language features of this story include:

  • the simple structure of questions about where things are, followed by answers that are instructions – “Tinā, ‘o fea o‘u tōtini papa‘e?” “Va‘ai ‘i totonu o le ‘ato tōtini.”
  • words for colours and for “striped” – papa‘e, lanumoana, mūmū, uliuli, tusitusi, pīniki
  • words for different types of clothing – tōtini, ‘ofuvae, pelaue, se‘evae, sikafu, pūlou
  • prepositions relating to where things are, for example, ‘i totonu, ‘i luga, ‘i lalo
  • possessive pronouns for plural and single items – o‘u, lo‘u, lou.

Supports and challenges

Students who have completed both Matā‘upu 9 and Matā‘upu 13 of Mua Ō! may find it easy to:

  • read and understand this short and simple text with questions and answers about where items are
  • read and understand prepositions indicating where items are
  • identify the words for colours and types of clothing, using the pictures to support their memory
  • engage with the story of a teenage girl dressing to go out.

These students may find it challenging to:

  • understand some new vocabulary on pages 3 and 10 (these terms are in the book’s glossary)
  • differentiate between the possessive pronouns for plural and singular items (especially lo‘u ‘ofuvae / my pants, because the English pants is plural but the Samoan ‘ofuvae is singular and so takes the singular pronoun)
  • differentiate between the possessive pronouns loʻu (my) and lou (your).

Planning: Teaching as inquiry

Consider your students’ interests and their ability to read in gagana Sāmoa at this level and choose activities that provide appropriate content and support. Assess and reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching and the students’ learning, then plan next steps.

Curriculum links and links to Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

The New Zealand Curriculum: Learning Languages

Students will produce and respond to questions … (levels 1 and 2)

Ta‘iala mo le Gagana Sāmoa: The Gagana Sāmoa Guidelines

Students will:

  • communicate about colour … (level 1)
  • interpret and create simple texts … (level 2)
  • recognise and express ownership (level 2).

Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

Matā‘upu 13

Students will … know how to say different colours in gagana Sāmoa.

A possible teaching goal

 Students will be able to read a simple story and to respond, with increasing fluency, to questions about the different colours and types of clothing.

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