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  • Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    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 Kāhu and Hōkioi  
    No Big Deal
    Poems If    
    Articles Llamas
    Haast's Eagle    
    Living in a Colourful World

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Llamas

    Llamas

    by Fiona Terry 

    Cover image.

    In this information text, Fiona and her children visit a llama farm and go on a llama trek. Fiona shares what they learnt about llamas, including where they come from and why they are farmed in New Zealand.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, farming, lifestyle blocks, llamas, South America, treks

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    No big deal.

    No Big Deal

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    illustrations by Kelly Spencer

    JJ51 TSM

    This story introduces colour-blindness in a light-hearted but informative way. When Cody goes back to school after the holidays, he can’t see why his friends are so excited about the repaint of the school. As the story progresses, his classmate Gemma notices Cody is behaving oddly. She eventually realises Cody is showing similar behaviours to her brother who is colour-blind. Could Cody be colour-blind too?

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: disability, colour-blindness, friendship, colours, red-green

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Colourful World.

    Living in a Colourful World

    by Bronwen Wall

    JJ51 TSM

    This article explains colour-blindness, a condition that is quite widespread but that many people are unaware of. The text also provides an insight into what the world is like for those who are colour-blind.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: colour-blindness, colours, disability, primary colours, red-green colour-blind

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Kahu and hokioi.

    Kāhu and Hōkioi

    by Ariana Tikao

    illustrations by Stevie Mahardhika

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: cleverness, Haast’s eagle, hawk, hōkioi, kāhu, legends, Māori traditional stories, myths, trickery

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Haasts eagle.

    Haast’s Eagle

    by David Chadwick

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: archaeology, environment, extinction, Haast’s eagle, hōkioi, moa, myths

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    If.

    If

    by Elena de Roo

    illustration by Fraser Williamson

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: colours, fantasy, imagination, primary colours

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

        TSM Audio
    Stories I Spy
    Helpful
    Poems Kākano
    The Inventor    
    Articles Seeds    
    Making a Road

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: February 2015

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    I spy.

    I Spy

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrations by Vasanti Unka

    JJ50 book cover.

    This humorous science fiction story is about two creatures, Pebble and Stone, who live on the planet Rock 2. One day, a spacecraft visits and leaves an unusual object behind. As the story progresses, Pebble and Stone notice the object changing and invent new words to describe what they are seeing. The story ends with a delicious surprise for the characters.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: science fiction, seeds, mystery, space, plants, games, vocabulary, etymology

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    Helpful.

    Helpful

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    JJ50 book cover.

    Grandad wants Vika and Kele to help him in the garden, but they don’t share his enthusiasm. Vika manages to come up with an excuse, leaving Kele with all the work, but then the tables are turned and Vika becomes the one who has to help Grandad. The humour in this story arises from the contrast between Vika’s attempts to get out of helping, Dad’s determination to make sure she does her fair share, and Grandad’s lack of awareness that anything is going on. These characters also appear in “Kele’s Car” (Gold 2) in JJ 49.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: family, responsibility, gardening, helping, trickery, humour

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    Kakano.

    Kākano

    by Kelly Joseph

    illustrations by Damian Stones

    JJ50 book cover.

    This poem describes a kākano (a seed) as taonga and explains what makes it special. “Kākano” is inspired by the Māori proverb: Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu – although small, it is precious. The poem includes te reo Māori words and phrases that are supported by context, illustrations, sentence structure, and a glossary. This poem provides opportunities for students who are familiar with te reo Māori to share their knowledge.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: seeds, plants, germination, taonga, treasures, poetry

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    Making a road.

    Making a Road

    by Andrew Gunn

    JJ50 book cover.

    “Making a Road” describes the process of constructing a road, from the planning through to sealing and road marking. This information text is well supported by clear subheadings and other visual language features such as labelled photographs and diagrams.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: roads, motorways, planning, engineers, earthmoving equipment, vehicles, road safety, road surfaces

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    Seeds.

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: seeds, plants, germination

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    The inventor.

    The Inventor

    by Greg O’Connell

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    JJ50 book cover.

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: occupations, inventions, poetry, humour, roads

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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  • Seeds.

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: seeds, plants, germination

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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  • Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    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 Ring! Ring!
    No More Warts
    Poems Tūī     
    Articles FAQ's About Warts  
    Our Gifted Garden
    Plays Kele's Car  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Faqs about warts.

    FAQs About Warts

    by Tricia Glensor

    JJ49 cover.

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: warts, cure, facts

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Keles car.

    Kele’s Car

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    JJ49 cover.

    This humorous play, set in a Pasifika market, has a message about financial literacy – we need to think carefully about how we spend money. When Dad takes Kele and his older sister Vika to the market, Kele quickly spends his money and then sees something else he really wants but now can’t afford. Vika offers to buy it for him if he pays her back, but Dad points out that there might be more to this deal than Kele realises.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: play, buying, selling, market, money

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    No more warts.

    No More Warts

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

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    Buster has warts, and his friend Ellie decides to help him get rid of them. She asks her family for advice and then sets about making him a “cure”. See also, “FAQs about Warts”, in this journal. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: warts, cure

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Our gifted garden.

    Our Gifted Garden

    by Bernadette Wilson 

    JJ49 cover.

    This article recounts how students from Raumati South School, an Enviroschool, entered an environmentally sustainable garden in the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch and won two prizes! As well as capturing the effort and excitement of the project, the article describes the planning process and how the students applied their developing knowledge about caring for the environment to the design of the garden.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: garden, competition, judging, cooperation

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Ring ring.

    Ring! Ring!

    by Diana Noonan

    illustrations by Donovan Bixley

    JJ49 cover.

    In this humorous narrative, Dad takes the family to Mr Rose’s farm for a quiet and peaceful camping holiday but gets a nasty shock when some noisy tūī arrive. A text box at the end of the story provides information about how tūī mimic sounds, and the journal also includes a poem about tūī.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: tūī, campground, camping, annoying noises, talk, birds

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Tui.

    Tūī

    by Kelly Joseph

    JJ49 cover.

     A poem

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tūī, singing, noises, birds

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    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 Always Great, Never Late
    Breakdown
    Rongoā Māori
    Poems Tortoise    
    Articles Helpful Trees and Plants    
    Torty, the Lucky Tortoise

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Always great.

    Always Great, Never Late!

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    The boy in this humorous narrative is ready for school but fears he’s going to be late (again) because Mum is not ready for work. The boy, who is also the narrator, drops intriguing hints about what Mum does for a living. Readers have many opportunities to identify clues and speculate about Mum and her work and to enjoy the irony in the contrast between her motto (“Always great, never late”) and her actions. This narrative also includes snappy dialogue, jokes, and plays on words.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: motto, humour, late, relationships, family, magician

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Breakdown.

    Breakdown

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    Mum and Jake can’t go to the supermarket because Mum’s car won’t start. When the tow truck arrives, Jake takes a keen interest in everything the tow- truck driver does. Jake’s interest in the technology becomes the focus of the story, with a detailed description of the process of winching the car onto the tow truck woven into the narrative. The story concludes with a diagram that Jake has drawn.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: breakdown, tow truck, car, mechanic, fix

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Helpful trees.

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko, harakeke, pūriri

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Rongoa maori.

    Rongoā Māori

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    This story has a strong theme of the value of rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine. It provides opportunities for students who are familiar with te reo and rongoā Māori to share their knowledge. Ana’s mum is ill, and when Nan comes to visit, she decides that rongoā Māori is what Mum needs. Nan takes Ana into the bush with her to collect the plants she wants to use. Ana is fascinated by what Nan shows her, and Nan agrees to teach Ana more about traditional Māori medicine. After using rongoā Māori to treat an unexpected emergency, they return home to prepare the leaves of koromiko they have collected to treat Mum’s illness.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Tortoise.

    Tortoise

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: tortoise, turtle, poetry, poem

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Torty the tortoise.

    Torty, the Lucky Tortoise

    by David Chadwick

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    The adventures of Torty, the tortoise started in Greece during the First World War when she was rescued by Stewart, a New Zealand stretcher-bearer. Stewart took Torty back home to New Zealand at the end of the war and looked after her until he died. Torty is still alive and is cared for by Stewart’s family. This true story is told through a variety of text forms including two pages of graphic layout.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tortoise, First World War, soldier, hibernation, torty, reptile, stretcher-bearer

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Helpful trees.

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko, harakeke, pūriri

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Marcus and the Wind
    Lost Again!  
    Articles Kahu Ora
    The Port

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Marcus and the wind.

    Marcus and the Wind

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    Marcus is a “middle boy”. He doesn’t stand out in any way and tends to be overlooked. Then, one Wednesday, everything changes. A strange wind springs up, and Marcus suddenly finds himself doing extraordinary things. The story is open-ended but with an implication that Marcus’s days of being a “middle boy” are over.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: wind, humour, story, behaviour, self-belief

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Kahu ora.

    Kahu Ora

    by Marama Rangiaho-Katipa 

    JJ-47_medium

    This is a recount of a visit to the exhibition of Kahu Ora (living cloaks) at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. In the exhibition, there is one korowai that has a special significance to Marama, the author. She learns about how korowai are made and how a special korowai reveals a story from her iwi.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: recount, exhibition, Kahu Ora, living cloaks, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum, New Zealand, korowai, Marama, iwi

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    The port.

    The Port

    by Sharyn Jones 

    JJ-47_medium

    This article is about the Port of Tauranga and is told by a boy whose father works there. It contains a general description of what a port is and has specific information about the kinds of ships, and their cargo, that visit Tauranga. There is also a brief overview of the grounding of the Rena.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Port of Tauranga, port, ships, cargo, Tauranga, grounding of the Rena

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Lost again.

    Lost Again!

    by Kylee Goodwin

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    In this humorous poem, Mum has lost her keys again, and she and the children are searching for them in increasingly unlikely places. Eventually, Dad joins the search and finds the keys hanging on the hook, just where they should be!

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, poem, lost, keys

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Free Juice
    Something Strange Going On
    Hinemoa and Tūtānekai
    Articles The Gulls of Sulphur Bay
    Poems Tui Returning to the City  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Free juice.

    Free Juice

    by Giselle Fortune 

    JJ-46_medium

    Jack finds himself in a dilemma when his friend Luke encourages him to take some juice from an opened box of cartons at school. This story gives insight into Jack’s thinking and his feelings – in particular, his feelings about his own behaviour and why the other children don’t seem worried about what they have done. The text explores concepts
    of honesty, bravery, and self-awareness and is well worth revisiting over more than one reading session.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dilemma, friend, stealing, theft, feelings, honesty, bravery, and self-awareness

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Something strange.

    Something Strange Going On

    by Julia Wall 

    JJ-46_medium

    Something odd has been happening and the family decides something needs to be done. Numerous clues are presented in the text and illustrations to stimulate readers to play detective and work out what the family’s problem is and how it might be solved.

    Purple 1

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: detective, problem, clues, mystery story

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    The gulls.

    The Gulls of Sulphur Bay

    by Sue Gibbison 

    JJ-46_medium

    Sulphur Bay, at the southern end of Lake Rotorua, is a wildlife reserve. Its hot springs make the area popular with many water birds, but the sulphur in the springs also causes some problems for them. This article describes how the gulls live in this unique environment. There are two other items in this Junior Journal linked to Lake Rotorua. They are “The Gulls of Mokoia Island” and a retelling of the legend of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Sulphur Bay, Lake Rotorua, wildlife, reserve, hot springs,water, birds, sulphur, springs, problems, gulls, environment

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Hinemoa and tutanekai.

    Hinemoa and Tūtānekai

    A legend from the Te Arawa iwi

    JJ-46_medium

    This text is a retelling of a legend of the Te Arawa people. It tells the love story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai. Tūtānekai lives on Mokoia Island, separated from Hinemoa by the waters of Lake Rotorua. Hinemoa’s father does not want the two young people to be together and tries to stop them from meeting. But Hinemoa is determined and risks her life to swim across Lake Rotorua to be with Tūtānekai.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: legend, Te Arawa, people, love story, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Mokoia Island, water, Lake Rotorua, risks

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Tui to the city.

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Stories The Stowaway
    Poems Uira
    Articles Tākapu
    Pōhutukawa  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2012

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    The stowaway.

    The Stowaway

    by Katie Furze 

    JJ 45 cover

    Walter is a cat who catches mice at the factory next door to his home. He has friends at the factory who, like his family, are very fond of him. When he doesn’t come home for his dinner, the family is worried and checks with the factory workers. Where can Walter be? The story shifts back in time to show the reader that Walter has been accidentally trapped in a shipping container. He arrives in Australia many days later and, thanks to a kindly quarantine officer, he is returned to his family. A page at the end of the story includes a map, a photo, and some information about the real cat that “The Stowaway” is based on.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cat, mice, friends, trapped

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Uira.

    Uira

    JJ 45 cover

    This short, dramatic poem is in te reo Māori with an accompanying English interpretation. It describes the sights and sounds of lightning as Tāwhirimātea performs a haka. Tāwhirimātea is one of the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. He didn’t want his parents to separate. When his brothers separated his parents to let light into the world, Tāwhirimātea caused violent storms. He is the Atua of the winds, clouds, rain, hail, snow, and storms. “Atua” refers to ancestors who have a continued influence on people’s lives.

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dramatic, poem, te reo Māori,lightning,Tāwhirimātea, performs, haka, Ranginui, Papatūānuku, myth, legend, traditional

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Takapu.

    Tākapu

    by Katie Furze 

    JJ 45 cover

    The tākapu is also called the Australasian gannet. In this article, the author explains why she thinks the tākapu is an amazing bird. The text contains specialised vocabulary and some unfamiliar concepts, which are well-supported by the context, photographs, and maps.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tākapu, Australasian, gannet, bird

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Pohutukawa

    Pōhutukawa

    by Kate Boyle 

    JJ 45 cover

    This article explores different aspects of this New Zealand tree, including a description of its preferred habitat, the special features that help it survive, the creatures that live in or on it, and the significance it has for Māori. Students also learn that pōhutukawa are in danger from people and from possums – these trees need help to survive.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: article, New Zealand, tree, habitat, survive, creatures, Māori, pōhutukawa, endangered

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Uira.

    Uira

    JJ 45 cover

    This short, dramatic poem is in te reo Māori with an accompanying English interpretation. It describes the sights and sounds of lightning as Tāwhirimātea performs a haka. Tāwhirimātea is one of the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. He didn’t want his parents to separate. When his brothers separated his parents to let light into the world, Tāwhirimātea caused violent storms. He is the Atua of the winds, clouds, rain, hail, snow, and storms. “Atua” refers to ancestors who have a continued influence on people’s lives.

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dramatic, poem, te reo Māori,lightning,Tāwhirimātea, performs, haka, Ranginui, Papatūānuku, myth, legend, traditional

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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