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  • Springers.

    Springers

    by Annaleese Jochems

    Illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Springers” is a fictional story set in a rest home, where George and his daughter are visiting his elderly mum. Meredith has dementia, although it’s not clear to what degree: at times her strong mind and character shine through, at others, she seems childlike and resigned to the loss of autonomy that many people in rest homes experience. This is a subtle story, carefully observed, that sheds a gentle light on the way ageing can impact on families.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “How to Be Normal” SJ L4 Nov 2018 | “Match Report” SJ L4 Nov 2014

    Topics: autonomy, caring, dementia, dependence, families, frogs, grandparents, health, independence, memories, metaphor, old age, parents, relationships, retirement, second-person narration

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019.

    Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    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
    Articles The Kiwileles
    The Ukulele Maker
    Poem The Something    
    Story Rāhui
    Play Space Rubbish

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Look inside this issue

    The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    The Ukelele Maker.

    The Ukulele Maker

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dave Gilberd is a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments. This report describes how Dave makes a ukulele. A note at the end of the report provides additional information about how the ukulele got its name.

    This journal includes a linked article, “The Kiwileles”, which provides information about students who play in a ukulele orchestra.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Dave Gilberd, guitar, Hawai‘i, instrument, jumping flea, luthier, making things, music, occupation, planning, process, stringed instrument, technology, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    The Something.

    The Something

    by John Carr, Illustrations by Stacey Robson

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, music, mystery, poem, poetry, rhyme, riddle, ukulele, verse

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Rāhui.

    Rāhui

    by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bans, birthday, conservation, environment, family, gardening, MASAM, patience, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, rāhui, responsibility, rewards, siblings, strawberries, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Ukelele Maker.

    The Ukulele Maker

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dave Gilberd is a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments. This report describes how Dave makes a ukulele. A note at the end of the report provides additional information about how the ukulele got its name.

    This journal includes a linked article, “The Kiwileles”, which provides information about students who play in a ukulele orchestra.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Dave Gilberd, guitar, Hawai‘i, instrument, jumping flea, luthier, making things, music, occupation, planning, process, stringed instrument, technology, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Something.

    The Something

    by John Carr, Illustrations by Stacey Robson

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, music, mystery, poem, poetry, rhyme, riddle, ukulele, verse

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Rāhui.

    Rāhui

    by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bans, birthday, conservation, environment, family, gardening, MASAM, patience, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, rāhui, responsibility, rewards, siblings, strawberries, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Big Machine Boogie.

    Big Machine Boogie

    by Sally Sutton

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This lively poem captures the excitement and enthusiasm of a class of students who have created their own “big machine boogie”, inspired by the movements of machines at work nearby.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2019.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    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
    Articles Wētā  
    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse
    Poem Ika a Whiro     
    Stories Stealing Maru  
    Max and Alice  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Wētā.

    Wētā

    by Philippa Werry

    Many people are scared of wētā. They are big and covered in spikes, they hide in dark places, and they can sometimes jump. You might find one in the garden or in a piece of old wood. There could be one hiding in your letterbox – or even in your shoe!

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Bat That Walks on the Ground” SJ L2 April 2013 | “Nasty Nits” SJ L2 Oct 2013 | “Seals” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Bugbix for Breakfast” SJ L2 May 2017 | “The Zoo Debate” SJ L2 May 2017 | “The Striped Invader” SJ L2 May 2019 | “Harwoods Hole” SJ L2 May 2019 | “Ika a Whiro” SJ L2 August 2019 | “Sharks” SJ L3 June 2018 | “The Jungle in My Garden” JJ 52 | “Staying Alive” The Buzz of Bees, Connected 2, 2012

    Topics: adaptation, cave life, cave wētā, endangered, environment, giant wētā, ground wētā, habitat, insects, moulting, nocturnal, predator, tree wētā, tusked wētā, wētā

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Ika a Whiro.

    Ika a Whiro

    by Kelly Joseph

    Under a moonless sky, two armoured warriors creep from tree burrows, long antennae sensing a challenger nearby.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, battle, combat, environment, habitat, insects, language, nocturnal, poem, poetry, Tāne, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, verse, wētā, Whiro

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Stealing Maru.

    Stealing Maru

    by Maria Samuela; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Long ago, when the world still believed in magic, there was a majestic maunga, or mountain, on the island of Rarotonga. The maunga was called Maru, which means shade. The maunga stood over the village of Puaikura like a giant guardian.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: Aitutaki, Arorangi, bravery, cleverness, Cook Islands, jealousy, legend, Maru, maunga, Maunga Pu, mountains, myth, Pacific, Pasifika, Puaikura, Raemaru, Rarotonga, traditional stories, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 Aug 2018 | “Six Photos” SJ L3 Aug 2016 | “My Name is Davy Lowston” SJ L2 May 2016 | “What a Disaster!” SJ L2 Aug 2012 | “Building for the Future” Mahi Tahi, Connected 3, 2017 | “Life Jackets” JJ 54 | “An Island in Time” SJSL 2011

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: “A Bit of a Laugh” SJ L2 May 2012 | “Nobody Laughed” SJ L2 Sept 2014 | “Low Tide” SJ L3 Aug 2016 | “The Show Went On” SJ L2 Nov 2017 | “No Big Deal” JJ 51

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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