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  • 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

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  • Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019.

    Junior Journal 58, 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
    Articles The Kiwileles
    The Ukulele Maker
    Poem The Something    
    Story Rāhui
    Play Space Rubbish

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Look inside this issue

    The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    The Ukelele Maker.

    The Ukulele Maker

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dave Gilberd is a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments. This report describes how Dave makes a ukulele. A note at the end of the report provides additional information about how the ukulele got its name.

    This journal includes a linked article, “The Kiwileles”, which provides information about students who play in a ukulele orchestra.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Dave Gilberd, guitar, Hawai‘i, instrument, jumping flea, luthier, making things, music, occupation, planning, process, stringed instrument, technology, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    The Something.

    The Something

    by John Carr, Illustrations by Stacey Robson

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, music, mystery, poem, poetry, rhyme, riddle, ukulele, verse

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Rāhui.

    Rāhui

    by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bans, birthday, conservation, environment, family, gardening, MASAM, patience, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, rāhui, responsibility, rewards, siblings, strawberries, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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    Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Ukelele Maker.

    The Ukulele Maker

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dave Gilberd is a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments. This report describes how Dave makes a ukulele. A note at the end of the report provides additional information about how the ukulele got its name.

    This journal includes a linked article, “The Kiwileles”, which provides information about students who play in a ukulele orchestra.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Dave Gilberd, guitar, Hawai‘i, instrument, jumping flea, luthier, making things, music, occupation, planning, process, stringed instrument, technology, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

    Order this text

  • The Something.

    The Something

    by John Carr, Illustrations by Stacey Robson

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, music, mystery, poem, poetry, rhyme, riddle, ukulele, verse

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Rāhui.

    Rāhui

    by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bans, birthday, conservation, environment, family, gardening, MASAM, patience, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, rāhui, responsibility, rewards, siblings, strawberries, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

    Order this text

  • Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 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

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