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Activity: Rongoā – Levels 1 and 2

Achievement objectives

1.3 (ii) & 2.3 (ii) Develop understanding that a living thing has characteristics which help it survive in its habitat. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: (p.99) te ao tūroa, te rauropi 1 and 2

Learning outcome

I will be able to:

  • name plants used as rongoā
  • explain how to use these plants to treat sickness
  • present my ideas clearly
  • share my ideas with others.

Success criteria

Success criteria Self-assessment Peer assessment Teacher assessment
I can name plants used as rongoā.                  
I can explain how to use these plants to treat sickness.                  
I can present my ideas clearly.                  
I can share my ideas with others.                  

Find out from your whānau, kaumātua and the Internet about how plants were used by your tīpuna and how you yourself might be using plants as rongoā. Try and find the leaves of these in the forest and include them in a presentation.

For teachers

Koromiko, kōwhai, pia harakeke (gel found at the base of the leaf), pōhutukawa, pūriri, kawakawa and manuka are examples of medicine that has been used by some iwi Māori. More information is available from Science Learning Hub. ‘The life size guide to native trees’ by Andrew Crowe is very helpful in identifying common plants from Aotearoa’s forests.

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