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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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

  • 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

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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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    Look inside this issue

    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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  • 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

    Order this text