Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Tongan Language Week

Malo e lelei.  It's Tongan Language Week all week. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga.

Did you know?
With a population of over 106,000 people, Tonga is an archipelago of 169 islands (of which 36 are inhabited). The 175th largest country in the world in terms of area, Tonga consists of 748 square kilometres of land scattered over roughly 700,000 square kilometres of ocean.

Do you know about Coconet TV, a national treasure and fantastic classroom resource.

What could we do in maths classrooms?

Taha.   Learn the Tongan number system

0= noa     1= taha     2= ua    3= tolu     4= fā, 
5= nima    6= ono    7= fitu    8= valu     9= hiva

10 is hongofulu (hoh-ngoh-foo-loo)
 100 is teau (teh-ah-oo)

every other number is made up of the words for 0-9 with 3 exceptions
  • sixteen is one six taha ono
  • twenty becomes two zero – ua noa
  • 54 is nima valu
 22 uo ua,  55 nime nima and 99 hive hiva

Ua.  Explore linear relationships with the Figure it out activity - Tongan Travel (level4)  or
Tolu. Create Pasifika patterns 

Fa. check out the coco cooking section of Coconet TV for ideas for a shared lunch and a lot of maths.

From NZ Curiculum online
"Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion, and provides an opportunity for students to:
  • demonstrate the vision of connection to a global community
  • explore the values of diversity, community, and respect
  • achieve learning outcomes described in the learning languages area
  • make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and texts, and relating to others."

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