This is similar to musical chairs, but when the music stops, tamariki find a partner and greet each other using te reo – kia ora, tēnā koe, mōrena, harirū (shake hands).
Extend this to stopping the music and tamariki taking turns asking, “Kei te pēhea koe?” and using one of the following replies (write these up on the board if needed):
- Kei te pai au (I am good)
- Kei te koa au (I am happy)
- Kei te hiamoe au (I am sleepy)
Continue adding more emotional adjectives as replies. We love the examples used by Te Kete Ipurangi here.
Extend this further by adding this welcoming guideto the entrance of your classroom and welcoming students in the way they choose - a kia ora (and a fist-bump), awhi (and a hug), paki rima (a high five) or harirū (a handshake).
This is a vdeo example we love on how this can be done.