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  • Junior journal 56 cover image.

    Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    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 Rumpelstiltskin
    Chang-O and the Moon
    Poems Naming the Goblin Baby  
    Articles Pen Pals

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Child carrying a hay bale.

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this humorous retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, the author surprises and delights the reader with modern twists. This story provides opportunities for students to make connections to their knowledge of other fairy tales and to enjoy and explore the author’s use of language. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dungeon, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin, gold, GPS tracker, promise, Rumpelstiltskin, spinning, spinning wheel, straw, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

    Children writing at a desk.

    Pen Pals

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Jo Makgill

    In this report, students from Arataki School describe how they are getting to know the residents at a retirement home by becoming their pen pals. Through letters, both groups enjoy finding out about each other’s lives and discovering how some things, such as school life, recreational activities, and even word meanings, have changed over time.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: friends, hopscotch, housie, indoor bowls, inkwells, letters, mobility scooter, movies, pen pals, pen friends, retirement home

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Creatures looking at a baby.

    Naming the Goblin Baby

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Kay Hancock

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    "It was time to name the baby. All the goblins gathered round."

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aunts, baby, dad, fantasy, goblins, grandad, grandma, mum, name, naming, nonsense, poem, rhyme, uncles

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Chango and the moon cover image.

    Chang-O and the Moon

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Cherie Wu

    illustrated by Stan Chan

    A traditional Chinese tale that explains the phenomenon of the “goddess in the moon”. This dramatic tale has two storylines, with the first story setting the scene for the main story.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chang-O, China, elixir, emperor, Feng Meng, good luck, moon, moon cakes, Moon Festival, peace, traditional tale, Hou Yi, sun birds, volcano

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

  • Child carrying a hay bale.

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this humorous retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, the author surprises and delights the reader with modern twists. This story provides opportunities for students to make connections to their knowledge of other fairy tales and to enjoy and explore the author’s use of language. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dungeon, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin, gold, GPS tracker, promise, Rumpelstiltskin, spinning, spinning wheel, straw, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

  • Children writing at a desk.

    Pen Pals

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Jo Makgill

    In this report, students from Arataki School describe how they are getting to know the residents at a retirement home by becoming their pen pals. Through letters, both groups enjoy finding out about each other’s lives and discovering how some things, such as school life, recreational activities, and even word meanings, have changed over time.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: friends, hopscotch, housie, indoor bowls, inkwells, letters, mobility scooter, movies, pen pals, pen friends, retirement home

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

  • Creatures looking at a baby.

    Naming the Goblin Baby

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Kay Hancock

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    "It was time to name the baby. All the goblins gathered round."

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aunts, baby, dad, fantasy, goblins, grandad, grandma, mum, name, naming, nonsense, poem, rhyme, uncles

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

  • Chango and the moon cover image.

    Chang-O and the Moon

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Cherie Wu

    illustrated by Stan Chan

    A traditional Chinese tale that explains the phenomenon of the “goddess in the moon”. This dramatic tale has two storylines, with the first story setting the scene for the main story.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chang-O, China, elixir, emperor, Feng Meng, good luck, moon, moon cakes, Moon Festival, peace, traditional tale, Hou Yi, sun birds, volcano

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

    Order this text

  • Tokelauan island in the sea.

    Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    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 Rātā me te Rākau
    Poems Borrower    
    Play Professor Clever
    Articles Power from the Sun
    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Windmills and a cityscape.

    Borrower

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Greg O'Connell

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "I want to borrow the sun and cook a feast with its sparks. I want to borrow the wind and fly the skies with its force."

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: electricity, energy, environment, hydro-electricity, poetry, power, renewable energy, solar power, sun, tidal power, tides, wind power, wind turbines

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

    A sunny field.

    Power from the Sun

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Maggie Twaddle

    This report describes the use of solar panels to make electricity and includes an example of a school that has been using solar power since 2008. Students from the school share what they have learnt about solar power, including the fact that solar power is a form of renewable energy. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arrays, Bayswater School, conservation, electricity, energy, environment, power, renewable energy, Sol, solar arrays, solar energy, solar panels, solar power, sun, sunlight, sustainability

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

    Cartoon professor in a lab with assistants.

    Professor Clever

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Trish Puharich

    illustrated by Ned Wenlock

    In this humorous play, Professor Clever becomes irritated with the mess that trees make when they drop their leaves, so he comes up with an invention to solve the problem. When his children discover his invention, they are shocked and present an opposite point of view.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: drama, environment, humour, inventions, plays, scientists, trees

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

    Person walking through the bush.

    Rātā me te Rākau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a retelling of the traditional Māori tale of Rātā and his quest to find a tree to make a waka. In his haste, Rātā forgets to ask permission from Tāne-mahuta, the god of the forest, and finds that each time he chops down his chosen tree, it is mysteriously restored the next day.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cultural protocols, environment, forests, gods, gratitude, kaitiaki, legends, Māori, Rātā, respect, Tāne-mahuta, Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea, tikanga Māori, traditional stories, trees, waka

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

    Tokelauan island in the water.

    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Iona McNaughton

    This report highlights the world-first achievement of Tokelau in using renewable energy sources (solar energy and coconut oil) for all its electricity. It explains why Tokelau decided to switch from using fossil fuels and includes comments from a Tokelau family that illustrate the impact of the change. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: atolls, climate change, electricity, energy, environment, fossil fuels, Nukunonu, Pacific, power, power stations, renewable energy, solar energy, solar panels, solar power,sun, sunlight, sustainability, Tokelau

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • Windmills and a cityscape.

    Borrower

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Greg O'Connell

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "I want to borrow the sun and cook a feast with its sparks. I want to borrow the wind and fly the skies with its force."

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: electricity, energy, environment, hydro-electricity, poetry, power, renewable energy, solar power, sun, tidal power, tides, wind power, wind turbines

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • A sunny field.

    Power from the Sun

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Maggie Twaddle

    This report describes the use of solar panels to make electricity and includes an example of a school that has been using solar power since 2008. Students from the school share what they have learnt about solar power, including the fact that solar power is a form of renewable energy. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arrays, Bayswater School, conservation, electricity, energy, environment, power, renewable energy, Sol, solar arrays, solar energy, solar panels, solar power, sun, sunlight, sustainability

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • Cartoon professor in a lab with assistants.

    Professor Clever

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Trish Puharich

    illustrated by Ned Wenlock

    In this humorous play, Professor Clever becomes irritated with the mess that trees make when they drop their leaves, so he comes up with an invention to solve the problem. When his children discover his invention, they are shocked and present an opposite point of view.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: drama, environment, humour, inventions, plays, scientists, trees

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • Person walking through the bush.

    Rātā me te Rākau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a retelling of the traditional Māori tale of Rātā and his quest to find a tree to make a waka. In his haste, Rātā forgets to ask permission from Tāne-mahuta, the god of the forest, and finds that each time he chops down his chosen tree, it is mysteriously restored the next day.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cultural protocols, environment, forests, gods, gratitude, kaitiaki, legends, Māori, Rātā, respect, Tāne-mahuta, Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea, tikanga Māori, traditional stories, trees, waka

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text