Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Toroa's Ōpāwaho Research Project

You and your buddy will be responsible for producing an A3 poster in Google Docs. Your poster must feature your research question as a header. Your poster must include at least two paragraphs. Your poster must include three high-quality, relevant images.

Choose from the following three questions, or suggest your own to Ms Y.

How might Māori have hunted for fish and birds around the Ōpāwaho? - Bella

What are the differences between the river now and in pre-European times? - Anna

Why did Māori choose to build the pā on the banks of the Ōpāwaho? - Zara


What do we already know about Ōpāwaho (the pā)? 

The Ōpāwaho is an excellent food resource for animals. - Zac

Blind eel were a main source of food. - Max He.

The area used to be a marsh. It was covered in lots of plants. - Sorell

Many of the plants could be used. For example, flax could be made into baskets. - Brie C.

People could eat fish from the river. - Zara

The Ōpāwaho was a habitat for lots of animals and plants. There were more plants and animals in the past. - Lilah

The Ōpāwaho used to be much wider. It was more lush, cleaner, and a lot nicer. - Bella

The pā was much, much larger than St Mark's School. - Anna


Our Quality Questions about Māori and the Ōpāwaho 

How might we help clean the Ōpāwaho? - Lilah

How might Māori have hunted for fish and birds? - Bella 

How did the Ōpāwaho change over the years and why? - Sophia S.

What are the differences between the river now and in pre-European times? - Anna 

How did the Ōpāwaho get narrower? - Bonnie

How might we stop people littering in the Ōpāwaho? - Alice

Why did Māori choose to build the pā on the banks of the Ōpāwaho? - Zara 

What might the river look like in the future? - Ashley

Key Search Terms 
Māori hunting strategies, spear, trap, Ōpāwaho, Māori, Māori heritage, Heathcote River, Māori resources, Māori building, pā, pre-European Māori settlement, riverbank pā, Māori pā, Māori weapons, Māori tools, how Māori weave baskets, pā location,


Research Skills
Skim and scan.
Use synonyms to search.
If a site doesn't have what you want, quickly move on.

2 comments:

  1. a website link for how the maori caught birds
    http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/te-tahere-manu-bird-catching/page-4

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  2. We think that Te Ara is a great source for facts about pre-european maori, we are using it for hunting facts. They have a range of different pages around different things.
    Link (for hunting question: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/te-tahere-manu-bird-catching/page-3

    -Inaki and Solomon

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