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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.

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    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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  • Mariri the Flying Man.

    Mariri the Flying Man

    retold by Maria Samuela

    When Mariri, a great explorer, realises his homeland of ‘Avaiki has become overcrowded, he and his warriors set off to find a new home for their people. This traditional tale, featuring rich literary language, describes their discovery of an island (now called Atiu) and Mariri’s subsequent, extraordinary plan for getting back to ‘Avaiki to bring his wife to the island.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Atiu, ʻAvaiki, Cook Islands, courage, cultural heritage, ingenuity, Enuamanu, exploration, flight, flying, legend, Mariri, navigation, Pacific, potipoti, rakoa bird, traditional story, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Seashells.

    Seashells

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    “Seashells” provides information about the shells that can be found on New Zealand beaches. It includes intriguing facts and photographs. This article is linked to two other pieces in this journal: “Super Shells”, which describes some ways that people use shells, and “Beach Buddy”, a craft activity.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, beach, bivalve, camouflage, conservation, environment, Hamish Spencer, mollusc, nacre, oyster, pāua, pearl, sea, seashell, shell, shellfish, tide

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Super Shells.

    Super Shells

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    This report describes some of the many ways people have used shells, now and in the past. Much of the information is conveyed by intriguing, captioned photographs.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, collecting, culture, decoration, fishing, jewellery, Māori traditional art, money, mother of pearl, musical instruments, pāua, pāua shell house, pearl, seashell, shell, shell collection, tools

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Beach Buddy.

    Beach Buddy

    by Fifi Colston

    Shells come in all shapes and sizes. Next time youʼre on the beach, pick some up and look at them closely. What do you notice? What do they make you think of? Do they look like part of an animal? You could use shells to make a beach buddy, a crazy creature from the seashore.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: art, craft, decoration, instructions, modelling clay, ornament, process, shell, step-by-step, toy, visual art

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Kākahu Pekepeke cover image

    Kākahu Pekepeke

    written by Keri Welham

    This report describes taonga at Ōtūmoetai School, focusing on a very special whakairo (carving). It explains why the whakairo is a taonga to the school and the wider community. As well as speaking directly to Māori students, this story provides opportunities for all students to make connections to their own understandings about taonga, the arts, and cultural practices.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carving, comfort, history, identity, kākahu, Māori, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Ōtūmoetai, school, sculpture, spring, story, taonga, tradition, welcome, wellbeing, whakairo, whakapapa

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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  • Rua and Te Manu cover image

    Rua and Te Manu

    A traditional story of Ngāti Porou

    Retold and illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This story, presented in a graphic text format, tells how Rua journeys under the sea to rescue his son Te Manu, who has been taken by Tangaroa. In the undersea world, Rua discovers beautiful whakairo (carvings) on the whare of Tangaroa and, after defeating the sea god, brings the art of whakairo to the world above the sea. Ideas about whakairo are explored further in the article “Kākahu Pekepeke” in this journal.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arts, carving, comic, graphic novel, MASAM, Rua, Tangaroa, te ao Māori, Te Manu, toi whakairo, traditional story, visual art, whakairo, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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