This is me — my identity Ngā wā nui o tōku oranga

Tagged with:

  • Mental health
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Personal health and physical development
  • Relationships With Other People
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Health promotion
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Years 5–8
  • Years 9–10

Identity is about who you are. It is about what makes you — you! Using the Oho My identity cards, the Ata Emotion cards, and the This is me — my identity activity sheet explore the unique things that make you — you!

Oho — Resource collection

This activity is part of the Oho resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Explore the personal and wider cultural connections between place, language, time, events, people and identity.
  • Express and listen to ideas confidently.
  • Describe themselves in relation to the groups within their class and to the whole class.
  • Explore and discuss similarities and differences and how they contribute to the unique whānau, culture and identities of each class member.
  • Identify personal strengths of theirs and others.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of their whānau and personal histories.
  • Investigate the factors that shape our identities and how.
  • Identify different ways identities, languages, cultures and values are and could be represented in learning communities.

Ways to use the resource

  • Connect this activity to Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) by exploring the names of the places you visit.
  • Centre these activities around relevant global, national or community places, events or themes.
  • Try the activities as an individual, as a small group and as a whole class.
  • Use the resources at home to get a deeper understanding of whānau culture.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • Use insights from these conversations in your learning design.
  • If you don’t have the Ata resource, download and print the cards from or use the blank Oho cards to create your own.
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Shown here: The This is me — my identity activity sheet with Oho and Ata cards placed on it.


What you will need

Oho My identity cards.

Ata Emotion cards.

This is me — my identity activity sheet: One per person or group.

Set up

1. Prepare cards

This activity uses a combination of Oho and Ata cards. Add or remove My identity and Emotions cards to suit the context of your classroom.

2. Prepare activity sheets

Print or photocopy one This is me — my identity activity sheet for each person or group.

Choose an Oho My identity card that you connect with, then choose an Ata Emotion card representing how it makes you feel.

Place cards on the activity sheet. Discuss why you made each selection and how it relates to the other card. We suggest introducing the card types, one set at a time, as you work through the steps.


1. My identity

Select a My Identity card that represents an important part of who you are.

2. Emotion

Select an Emotion card that represents how this makes you feel.

Discuss and compare

Explore the different perspectives and ideas around identity and emotions. Why is this an important part of who you are? How does this make you feel, and why? Then, discuss and compare your findings with the group or classroom.

Next steps

Explore other aspects of Identities, languages, cultures and values with activities such as Important life moments, My unique whānau, My whānau in my place of learning and My culture in my place of learning.