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  • Instructions for Travelling without Touching the Ground.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ambition, convention, dreams, flying, humour, instructions, language, narrative poem, poem, poetry, structure, verse, whimsy, wings

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Trespass.

    Trespass

    by Vince Ford; illustrations by Leilani Isara

    An afternoon bike ride has complications.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, brothers, bush, change, courage, danger, dares, exploration, friendship, group dynamics, identity, loyalty, peer pressure, quick thinking, relationships, rules, siblings, trespassing, waterhole

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • JJ 59 cover image

    Junior Journal 59, 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
    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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    Look inside this issue

    Nian the New Year Monster cover

    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.... cover

    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 cover

    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 cover

    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 cover

    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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  • Nian the New Year Monster cover

    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

    Order this text

  • And the Winner is.... cover

    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

    Order this text

  • Bird of the Year cover

    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 cover

    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

    Order this text

  • The Competition cover

    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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  • School Journal Level 2 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 2 November 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 Our Blue Planet
    How Cars Changed Our World    
    Poem Our Car (1970)     
    Stories The Choice  
    Ngāti Kurī Proud

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Our Blue Planet.

    Our Blue Planet

    by Bronwen Wall

    Water is the basis of life on Earth. It’s everywhere, and it’s familiar to all students. However, many students will not be aware of how water changes form. The text provides an introduction to this aspect of chemistry and introduces aspects of the water cycle, which they will explore further when they are working at level 3 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, condensation, environment, evaporation, forms, freezing, gas, groundwater, ice, liquid, living things, shortages, snow, solid, water, water cycle, water droplets, water vapour

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    How Cars Changed the World.

    How Cars Changed the World

    by Bronwen Wall, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: car accident, Cecil Woods, change, Dennison, car, electric cars, first car, Fred Dennison, history, importing, invention, motor cars, Nicholas Oates, petrol, pollution, roads, speed limit, technology, traffic fine, transport, travel, wagons, vehicles, William McLean

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Choice.

    The Choice

    by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    Lamb’s brother and sister are relying on him to perform with them in the church talent quest. But the only final Lamb cares about is the final match of the season for Manu Sāmoa. Unfortunately, the two events clash. In this humorous story, Lamb learns a lesson about the importance of being responsible and following through on commitments – and being truthful.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: church, commitment, family, guilt, humour, lying, Manu Sāmoa, pretence, responsibility, rugby, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Ngāti Kurī Proud.

    Ngāti Kurī Proud

    by Tim Tipene

    illustrations by Munro Te Whata

    “Ngāti Kurī Proud” is a pakiwaitara – a traditional Māori story that explains natural phenomena or why something is the way it is. This pakiwaitara tells how Ngāti Kurī got their name. It is, in fact, three stories in one – three siblings each retell the story they have been given. Each story reflects the clever thinking, endurance, skills, and resourcefulness of the children’s ancestors. Guided by their grandmother, the children come to learn that all their stories are valid.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa, atua, dogs, heritage, identity, iwi, kurī, kurīmoana, mana, Maungapiku, mokopuna, Motu Whāngaikuri, Muriwhenua, Ngāti Kaha, Ngāti Kurī, pā, Pārengarenga Harbour, pride, tūpuna, waka, whakapapa, whale, whāngai-hau, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Our Car (1970).

    Our Car (1970)

    by Tim Upperton

    Poem. The poet remembers his family's old car.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: car, childhood, driving, family, Fiat Bambina, history, Holden, humour, Lamborghini, memories, poetry, reminiscence, rhyme

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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