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    Tukutuku

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Kelly Joseph

    images by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

    The poem “Tukutuku” explores how tukutuku panels are made and the symbolism of some of the patterns, through vivid figurative language. 

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: kaokao, māngōroa, Māori traditional culture, poetry, storytelling, symbolism, tukutuku, tukutuku panels, weavers, weaving, wharenui

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    Zapped! Chapter 4: Machine Mayhem

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    This is the final chapter of the Zapped series (The first three chapters are in Junior Journals 52, 53, and 54.) The story began with Tai and Ana making a robot for the school science fair – but then the robot was zapped by lightning and came to life, causing a lot of trouble for the twins. Then other machines came to life and started to act strangely. Now there seems to be the potential for even more trouble ahead, and the outcome for the twins and Tidy-Bot is uncertain.

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fantasy, humour, robots, science fiction, serial

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    Making Money

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This report is about New Zealand money, explaining where our money comes from and how and why the notes and coins have changed over time. It also describes the security features on the banknotes.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banknotes, change, coins, currency, design, financial capability, financial literacy, holograms, money, recycling, Reserve Bank, security features, technology

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    Stop Thief

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Hannah Hageraats

    "Did you hear that? Those humans want to take our pictures and put them on banknotes. We’ll be famous!"

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Topics: banknotes, birds, hoiho, humour, kārearea, kea, kōkako, mohua, native bush, photography, play, whio

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    Take Note

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Antarctica, Aoraki, banknotes, Campbell Island, Campbell Island daisy, change, design, Ernest Rutherford, financial capability, financial literacy, hoiho, images, Kate Sheppard, money, Mount Cook, Reserve Bank, Ross lily, Sir Āpirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Subantarctic Islands, technology, The Queen, tukutuku

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    Weaving Tukutuku

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Kelly Joseph

    This article explains how tukutuku panels are made and the symbolism of some of the patterns, including the patterns that feature on our $5 and $10 banknotes.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Māori meeting house, Māori traditional culture, storytelling, symbolism, tukutuku, tukutuku panels, weavers, weaving, wharenui

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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    School Journal Level 2 November 2017

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

        TSM Audio
    Stories Finders, Keepers    
    The Show Went On  
    Articles Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui
    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Maakere Edwards and Kiwa Hammond

    This article describes how one Taranaki school celebrates the appearance of the star Puanga in the eastern sky – the signal for the start of the Māori New Year. In other parts of Aotearoa, people watch for Matariki, but that constellation is hard to see in the Taranaki region.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astronomer, astronomy, celebrations, constellations, Māori New Year, Matariki, night sky, Orion’s Belt, Pleiades, Puanga, Puanga Kai Rau, Ramanui School, Rigel, school, stars, Taranaki, Tautoru, telescopes, time capsule

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Finders, Keepers

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe found the dinosaur egg in the washing basket in the laundry. He knew straightaway that the egg belonged to a dinosaur. It was too big to belong to a chicken and not round enough for a soccer ball."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dialogue, dinosaur eggs, dinosaurs, fantasy, Gondwana, humour, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Hamish Campbell

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    This engaging article explains what is known about the dinosaurs that once roamed New Zealand. It provides some background information on dinosaurs in general, including the most popular theory about why they became extinct. It also explains that for a long time, people believed no dinosaurs had ever lived in this country. Then it gives details of the dinosaur fossils found in various parts of New Zealand, which proved that idea to be wrong.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ankylosaur, birds, Brendan Hayes, cerapods, dinosaurs, dromaeosaurid, extinction, fossils, Greg Browne, GNS Science, hypsilophodont ornithopod, Jeffrey Stilwell, Joan Wiffen, Mangahouanga Stream, paleontology, reptiles, sauropods, skeletons, terrible lizard, theropods, thyreophorids, titanosaurid

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The Show Went On

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrated by Rachel Smythe

    The story begins with the children of Room 7 dressed as farmyard animals and about to make their entrance in the school production.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: characters, cooperation, costumes, emergency, fire, humour, play, safety, school, school production, shows, stage, working together

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Celebrating puanga at ramanui cover image.

    Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Maakere Edwards and Kiwa Hammond

    This article describes how one Taranaki school celebrates the appearance of the star Puanga in the eastern sky – the signal for the start of the Māori New Year. In other parts of Aotearoa, people watch for Matariki, but that constellation is hard to see in the Taranaki region.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astronomer, astronomy, celebrations, constellations, Māori New Year, Matariki, night sky, Orion’s Belt, Pleiades, Puanga, Puanga Kai Rau, Ramanui School, Rigel, school, stars, Taranaki, Tautoru, telescopes, time capsule

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Finders keepers cover image.

    Finders, Keepers

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe found the dinosaur egg in the washing basket in the laundry. He knew straightaway that the egg belonged to a dinosaur. It was too big to belong to a chicken and not round enough for a soccer ball."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dialogue, dinosaur eggs, dinosaurs, fantasy, Gondwana, humour, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • New zealand dinosaurs cover image.

    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Hamish Campbell

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    This engaging article explains what is known about the dinosaurs that once roamed New Zealand. It provides some background information on dinosaurs in general, including the most popular theory about why they became extinct. It also explains that for a long time, people believed no dinosaurs had ever lived in this country. Then it gives details of the dinosaur fossils found in various parts of New Zealand, which proved that idea to be wrong.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ankylosaur, birds, Brendan Hayes, cerapods, dinosaurs, dromaeosaurid, extinction, fossils, Greg Browne, GNS Science, hypsilophodont ornithopod, Jeffrey Stilwell, Joan Wiffen, Mangahouanga Stream, paleontology, reptiles, sauropods, skeletons, terrible lizard, theropods, thyreophorids, titanosaurid

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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