Tuesday, 2 January 2018

SLJ WK3 Day 1 Activity 1, 2 & 3

Activity 1:Meat and Three Veg

It was common for women in the 1950s to stay home with their children and raise their family. They were called ‘housewives.’ Many housewives followed a simple rule when they prepared the evening meal: the ‘meat and three veg’ rule. This meant that they prepared dinners that included three different vegetables and a type of meat (eg. beef, lamb, or chicken).

On your blog tell us if you think that the ‘meat and three veg’ rule is a good one. Do you like the rule? Would you enjoy eating a typical 1950s dinner? Why or why not?

I don't mind this rule because then I could add in my favourite vegetables. Then I know that I would enjoy it. So the rule is a fantastic rule.

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Activity 2:What's in a name?

During the 1950s the population of New Zealand grew by 400,000 people. That is huge! In fact, so many people were having babies that many people refer to this period in our history as the ‘baby boom.’ Popular baby names in 1950s New Zealand were:

Christine John
Susan David
Margaret Peter
Judith Michael
Jennifer Robert

Read through the lists. Are these popular names in your school? On your blog, tell us which names are currently popular in your school. Please provide, at least, three girls’ names and three boys names that are popular.

When I was going to school, the name ‘Jennifer’ was the most popular girl’s name and the name ‘Matthew’ was the most popular boy’s name.
Girls Boys
Fusi Saia

Lesley                            Aj
Mele                               Palu
Activity 3: Snail Mail
In the 1950s, most people communicated with one another by writing letters. According to the NZ history website, New Zealanders sent over 200 million letters and postcards between 1950 and 1960. That is an average of 87 letters per person!

For this activity, imagine that you are living in New Zealand in the 1950s. Use Google Draw* to design the front of a postcard that you could send to a friend. Try to include elements of Kiwiana in your design (e.g. Pohutukawa trees, Hokey Pokey ice cream, etc). Post a copy of your postcard picture to your blog. Be sure to describe what you have drawn on your blog beneath the picture.
I have added a Pohutukawa Tree and two native birds from New Zealand, a Kiwi and a Fantail.


  1. Hey Telesia! Great to see you're blogging still, happy new year and I hope you're having an awesome holiday away from school.

    Thanks for completing so many activities. You are doing a great job!

    This postcard you have created is remarkable. It looks very professional. I wish I was this clever. How did you make it? I love the way the black kiwi and tree contrasts so effectively with the detailed nature in the background. You are seriously talented!

    I almost didn't notice the fantail. It's cool how it almost looks as though it is apart of the scene.

    You must have spent a long time working on this, well done.

    Thanks, Billy

    1. Hi Billy,

      I am thrilled that you are enjoying my blog posts. Like everyone else I created my
      postcard on a Google Drawing and added in Kiwi native foods, trees and animals.

      Thank you for all of your praises and have a Happy New Year! Thank You!


  2. Also, thank you for commenting on other children's blogs. It is wonderful to see you supporting, encouraging and motivating other children. It is helping everyone with their writing and we really appreciate it.


    1. Hi Again Billy,

      Yes! Thank You! I like to see my younger peers and my fellow mates become more confident as they grow. Thank You for commenting


  3. Malo Telesia!

    Fantastic job with these activities! I have to agree with Billy - your postcard is beautiful and looks very professional! I like what you have done with the silhouettes. Well done!

    I like your thoughts on the 'meat a three veg' rule you know you;d enjoy it and you can change up the kinds of meat and vege's you'd use so that it's different but still tastes good! I think it's great too because you know you'd always be getting good nutrients and have a healthy meal. Why change what works?! :)

    Names have definitely changed since the baby boomer period! There were students named Mele and AJ at the school I was working in last year too. When I was in school, common names were Emma and Joshua.

    It's been cool reading your work, keep up the great blogging Telesia!

    Nicky :)

  4. Malo Telesia!

    Fantastic job with these activities! I have to agree with Billy - your postcard is beautiful and looks very professional!



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