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Instructional Series

Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Zapped chapter 2 cover image.

    Zapped! Chapter 2: Tidy-Bot Goes to School

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustration by Scott Pearson 

    Junior journal 53 cover image.

    This is the second chapter (out of four) in a humorous science-fiction story designed to “hook” year 3 students into reading chapter books by themselves. In this chapter, things go awry again when the twins take Tidy-Bot to school.

    Series: Junior Journal 53, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple, Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fantasy, humour, robots, science fiction, serial

    In: Junior Journal 53, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: September 2016

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  • Fingerprints cover image.

    Fingerprints

    by Iona McNaughton 

    JJ54 cover image.

    This article explains how police find and take fingerprints from a crime scene and use them to help solve the crime. The article gives an insight into the work of a fingerprint expert. It includes instructions about how students can take their own fingerprints.

    Series: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: March 2017

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  • Staying afloat cover.

    Staying Afloat

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    JJ54 cover image.

    This humorous story has a serious message. When Grandad takes Vika and Kele out on his boat, he insists that the children wear life jackets and tells them a story from his childhood in Tonga that explains why.

    Series: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: March 2017

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  • Life jackets cover.

    Life Jackets

    by Katy Jordan

    JJ54 cover image.

    This report outlines the history of life jacket development and explains how life jackets help keep people safe.

    Series: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 54, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: March 2017

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  • Making money cover image

    Making Money

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This report is about New Zealand money, explaining where our money comes from and how and why the notes and coins have changed over time. It also describes the security features on the banknotes.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banknotes, change, coins, currency, design, financial capability, financial literacy, holograms, money, recycling, Reserve Bank, security features, technology

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Take note cover image.

    Take Note

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Antarctica, Aoraki, banknotes, Campbell Island, Campbell Island daisy, change, design, Ernest Rutherford, financial capability, financial literacy, hoiho, images, Kate Sheppard, money, Mount Cook, Reserve Bank, Ross lily, Sir Āpirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Subantarctic Islands, technology, The Queen, tukutuku

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Weaving tukutuku cover image.

    Weaving Tukutuku

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Kelly Joseph

    This article explains how tukutuku panels are made and the symbolism of some of the patterns, including the patterns that feature on our $5 and $10 banknotes.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Māori meeting house, Māori traditional culture, storytelling, symbolism, tukutuku, tukutuku panels, weavers, weaving, wharenui

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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