Monday, 1 January 2018

WK3 SLJ - 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'm not to picky when it comes to eating, so I don't think i'll mind. Just as long as there's food to eat, i'd be grateful.
dinner (2).jpg

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
Lesley/Lesieli Aj/Aj

Angela/Angila                  Danny/Danni


I could only think of 2 popular boy's name, sorry

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 used two photos of New zealand and placed 3 texts on top of them.
Beside "New Zealand" is a Kiwi and a Fantail. And next to "Aotearoa" is a fern and pohutukawa flower.


  1. Hi Davarni
    Well done, you have done a great job on this post.
    1/ I'm just like you I don't care what I eat really as long as I have food.
    2/ They are some pretty cool names at your school, mine is small but there are some matching. Do you know how many people have those names?
    3/ That is such an amazing post card, however much you were pricing it i would buy it.
    Well keep on doing great posts
    From Jess

    1. Hi Jess,

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, i'll be sure to check out your blog as well.

  2. Hi Davarni,

    Ruby here from the Summer Learning Journey team! It's great to be reading another one of your awesome activities. Good work!

    Activity 1: I like your attitude there! My Mum always said that if you're not cooking the dinner then you can't complain! :) We often have meat and three vege for dinner at my house. It's never on purpose it just happens that way! We have a large variety of meats and veges though. My favourite combination is lamb with kumara, roast carrots, and salad. What meat and three vege combination would you like the most?

    Activity 2: Good work! None of those names were popular when I was at school. The most popular names then were Michael and Joshua for boys and Sophie and Olivia for girls. Do you know any people with those names? I know loads!

    Bonus activity: Great job! That postcard looks awesome. I like how you've used scenery from New Zealand. We're very well known for our amazing landscapes! It's also great how you thought to add the English, Maori, and Maori translation as the names for our country. Adding some of our unique Maori culture was a great idea!

    I look forward to reading more of your blog over the summer.