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  • Raʻui: Giving It Back to the Gods.

    Raʻui: Giving It Back to the Gods

    This article explores a scientific issue from a Pacific worldview. It describes how the people of the Cook Islands have attempted to manage and protect their marine resources with the tradition of ra‘ui. The article highlights the very real issues that make success difficult and the diversity and validity of different people’s perspectives on ra‘ui.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Life in Aotearoa New Zealand

    This article describes the evolutionary development of life in Aotearoa New Zealand and addresses the question of why our flora and fauna are so distinct. It introduces and explains the concepts of evolution and adaptation and offers a brief overview of how the land itself changed over many millions of years.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Wildfire.

    Wildfire

    The article explores wildfires. It looks at what they are, what causes them, how they affect us, and how they are affected by the climate. In the process, it gives scientific explanations of some big ideas and processes, including climate change, carbon sinks, deforestation, adaptation, and feedback loops. The article ends by suggesting ways we can work together to reduce the risk of wildfires.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars.

    Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars

    This article describes the development of pā technology in the nineteenth century, as iwi and hapū defended themselves and their land against invasion. It explains how the basic features of pā technology were adapted in response to invasion by Pākehā – utilising the rich knowledge Māori held about their land.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

    Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

    This article explains the formation of Foulden Maar, the remains of an ancient lake formed by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. As layers of silica-rich mud built up over thousands of years, it provided perfect conditions for fossilising the remains of plants and animals that fell to the bottom of the lake. However, the silica also has commercial value. The article explores the perspectives of a range of stakeholders who have different opinions about the future of the maar. It prompts critical thinking and finishes with a call to social action.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Fostering Felines.

    Fostering Felines

    This article demonstrates how students at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate School designed a technological device to solve a community problem – how to care for the thousands of newborn kittens handed in to the SPCA each year. It encourages the reader to consider the issues, giving a model for how the same process could be applied to other problems.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Reading Comics TSM

    Reading Comics Teacher Support Material

    There are many different genres of comics, including slice-of-life, humorous, non-fiction, historical, science fiction, and of course, superheroes. This teacher support material (TSM) unpacks the conventions, metalanguage, and visual and written language features of comics to support teachers in their use of comics for literacy instruction.

    Series: School Journal

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: February 2021

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  • Making a Sign.

    Making a Sign

    by Fifi Colston

    A sign is a good way to get a message across. Signs can show people where things are or give them instructions. Sometimes people use signs to share what they think.

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: clarity, communication, design, font, instruction, lettering, message, planning, sign

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021.

    Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    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 Getting the Message Across
    A School Comes Home
    Story Top Bear
    Activity Making a Sign    
    Play Now We’re Talking

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: May 2021

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    Getting the Message Across.

    Getting the Message Across

    by Iona McNaughton 

    In this interview, Iona McNaughton talks to Alan Wendt, a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter. Alan explains why he chose to become an interpreter and describes what his job involves. “Getting the Message Across” is one of several pieces in this journal on the theme of communication.

    Gold 1 

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

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

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alan Wendt, bubble, communication, COVID-19, Deaf, information, interpreter, interview, language, media, message, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), news, sign language, sign-language interpreter, translation

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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    A School Comes Home.

    A School Comes Home

    by Renata Hopkins

    This recount describes a campaign by Redcliffs School and its local community to save their school after it was closed because of damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. “A School Comes Home” includes comments from past and present students and a timeline of events.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

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

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: belonging, Christchurch, communication, community, demonstration, earthquake, history, land swap, message, petition, protest, rebuilding, resilience, safety, school, social action, students, Te Raekura Redcliffs, timeline

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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    Top Bear.

    Top Bear

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    This lighthearted, humorous story is set during the time of the March–April 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. It describes the antics of two bears who appear to be competing to become the most popular bear in Lockdown Street. The story is told in the form of a television news report and includes social media posts and many entertaining word plays. It ends with a series of questions that invite readers to speculate about what might be behind the bears’ antics.

    Gold 1 

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bear, bubble, communication, community, competition, COVID-19, humour, language, lockdown, media, mystery, news, pun, reporter, rivalry, social media, TV, word play

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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    Making a Sign.

    Making a Sign

    by Fifi Colston

    A sign is a good way to get a message across. Signs can show people where things are or give them instructions. Sometimes people use signs to share what they think.

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: clarity, communication, design, font, instruction, lettering, message, planning, sign

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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    Now We’re Talking.

    Now We’re Talking

    by Simon Cooke

    In this humorous science-fiction play, a computer virus causes problems at an interplanetary planning meeting for the Space Games. Students will enjoy the misunderstandings between the characters as they attempt to make sense of the nonsense created by a faulty language translation program.

    Purple 2 

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: alien, communication, computer virus, confusion, download, drama, humour, language, message, misunderstanding, mix-up, mystery, play, science fiction, translation, virus

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Getting the Message Across.

    Getting the Message Across

    by Iona McNaughton 

    In this interview, Iona McNaughton talks to Alan Wendt, a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter. Alan explains why he chose to become an interpreter and describes what his job involves. “Getting the Message Across” is one of several pieces in this journal on the theme of communication.

    Gold 1 

    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

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

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alan Wendt, bubble, communication, COVID-19, Deaf, information, interpreter, interview, language, media, message, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), news, sign language, sign-language interpreter, translation

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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