A mihi is an informal spoken te reo (Maori) greeting. Elements of mihi include your mountain and river (which are permanent landscape items that you "belong' to) and your whakapapa (family) and parents.
The "Me, Myself and Ourselves" Theme can range into a lot of different curriculum areas. It is theme that connects a number of ideas or patterns to give that sense of wonder.
For a unit like this TIME is important. It can have so much curriculum coverage that you can spend many weeks on it! Pupils could research an area of interest to report back on. Take them through the learning/information process, and open them up to life-long learner skills and other essential skills in the unit through matching ideas to the curriculum areas.
You can also get pupils to either work in areas that suit their "multiple intelligence" or "learning style" by selecting the appropriate activity. Remember, though that it is important for pupils to be exposed to a number of learning styles/ intelligences. Keep in mind that these are integrated resources, always look for the connections, the sense of wonder, and let them get thinking!
Me, Myself and Oursleves Wordbank oneself, myself, person, we, family, whakapapa, body, thoughts, mind, unique, soul, physical, spiritual, same, different. (Learn body parts in Maori here) Make your own Hot Potatoes quiz once you know them.
"Unique" Thesarus distinctive, distinct, individual, special, idiosyncratic; single, sole, lone, unrepeated, unrepeatable, solitary, exclusive, rare, uncommon, unusual, sui generis; informal one-off, one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime, one-shot, remarkable, special, singular, exceptional, noteworthy, notable, extraordinary; unequaled, unparalleled, unmatched, unsurpassed, unrivaled, peerless, nonpareil, incomparable - Why not put these into a wordle?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Questions How are we the same and different? How are we the same and different compared to animals? What are the top five ways people/you are the same or different?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Science What science can be found in Me, Myself and I? You can look at body systems, how we are unique (fingers, DNA, likes, dislikes). You could interview a doctor about how we are all unique.
Me, Myself and Oursleves Social Studies/Sciences and Issues Put together Powerpoint presentations, digital camera pictures and Video with other display items from your unit.. voile.. a show!
Me, Myself and Oursleves Health & P.E Take a personality test, multiple intelligences test to find out more about yourself. What you think about the results?How are we unique?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Technology Look at how we build robots to try and replace people. What do you think about this? Design your own robot to fulfill a need that you think humans have (you could use Google Sketchup, Kidpix or build from recycled materials). How does technology connect people?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Maths Use this unit to reinforce that we all have different strengths. What is important is that we all take a step forward on our own journey, including learning maths. You can investigate the golden ratio/rectangle (based on our body)
Me, Myself and Oursleves Gallery Send us digital pictures of your experiences, with a short descriptive paragraph, and we will put them on line.
Me, Myself and Oursleves Art Look for paintings and art that communicate about Me, Myself and Ourselves. Examine Media footage or cartoons of people in action and look for how camera angles, music and other techniques are used to make people more or less unique. How are main characters made to be liked or disliked? Examine photos of role models from different places to see how images are "digitally enhanced" to improve blemishes age etc. Try doing this with an image of yourself in a photo editor. Use the "Golden Rectangle" as a basis for sketching. Try taking a picture of each kid, then print black and white and chop in half... get them to draw the other half thinking about symmetry. Geometric shapes can be studied about in this inquiry. See also all the design art activities in the resources section to the right. Design a visual mihi (Maori greeting) or web banner that can also be made part of oral activities.
Me, Myself and Oursleves English/Language/ Literacy Examine the ideas of the Me, Myself and Ourselves journey in books or movies. Look at what people learn about themselves in a story or how they change. Write a personal recount (see resources to the right), design a visual recount or banner (see resources) and then tell us about this is a podcast or a webcam video.
Me, Myself and Oursleves Music/Drama/Dance Summarise aspects of knowledge learned in a drama/video re-enactment. Create your own music to go with your own re-told tale of a person (myth or real life?). How can the music enhance the moments of action, strength and mana of the person in your story?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Daily Activities Look for how the news report (current events) any "ordinary" people. What do they have in common? How does news connect people?
Me, Myself and Oursleves Community Links: any business involved in any of the areas above.