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Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

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PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the Junior Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

    TSM Audio
Stories Nian, The New Year Monster
Articles  Bird of the Year 
And the Winner is...
Poems Garden Angels    
     
Plays The Competition
     

Series: Junior Journal

Publication date: November 2019

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Nian, the New Year Monster

A Chinese tale, retold by Chris Tse

This story sets out to explain the origin of the Chinese New Year festival. It tells how a mysterious old man helps a village to get rid of Nian, a rampaging monster who has been terrorising the villagers at the start of every spring (on the first day of the Chinese New Year). The story is told in the style of a traditional folk tale, but its origins are thought to be more recent.

Purple 2 

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Learning area: English, The Arts

Colour wheel level: Purple

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: celebration, China, Chinese New Year, cooperation, courage, culture, fireworks, helping others, monster, Nian, New Year, problem solving, tradition, traditional tale

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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And the Winner is...

by Iona McNaughton

This article builds on ideas introduced in “Bird of the Year” (in the same journal) and provides information about six winners of the Bird of the Year competition. Much of the information is presented in the form of tables, allowing students to gain experience in reading different text formats. Together, the two articles provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss main ideas about native New Zealand birds.

Gold 1

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Learning area: English

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: bar-tailed godwit, Bird of the Year, birds, competition, danger status, endangered, endemic, environment, fantail, Forest & Bird, habitat, kākāpō, kārearea, kererū, kuaka, native, New Zealand falcon, New Zealand pigeon, notes, pie chart, pīwakawaka, predators, tables, tūī

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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Bird of the Year

by Iona McNaughton

In this interview, Megan Hubscher of Forest & Bird talks to Iona McNaughton about the Bird of the Year competition – why it started and how it helps keep New Zealand native birds safe. Students can read about some of the past winners of the competition in an accompanying article, “And the Winner Is ...”

Gold 1

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: Bird of the Year, birds, black robin, climate change, competition, endangered, endemic, environment, extinct, fairy tern, Forest & Bird, habitat, interview, kakaruia, Kiwi Conservation Club, native birds, predators, tara iti, voting, wildlife

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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Garden Angels

Poem 

by Sarah Penwarden

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Fiction

Topics: cooperation, family, garden, gardening, grandparents, helping, poem, poetry, summer, verse, work, working bee

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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The Competition

by Chris Lam Sam

Messy City has a big problem – it’s too messy! A group of superheroes are invited to take part in a competition to find a solution to the problem. In addition to providing opportunities for expressive oral reading, this humorous, light-hearted play can be used to consider ideas about caring for the environment, problem solving, and the power of cooperation.

Gold 1

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Learning area: English, The Arts

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: comedy, community, competition, cooperation, hero, humour, drama, environment, play, pollution, problem solving, rubbish, solution, superhero, super power, teamwork

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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