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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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  • 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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    Look inside this issue

    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

    JJ49 cover 70x100

    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

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    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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  • 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

    Order this text

  • No more warts.

    No More Warts

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    JJ49 cover 70x100

    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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

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

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

    Order this text