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  • Pet day problem.

    The Pet Day Problem

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrations by Sarah Anderson

    Journal40

    The school Pet Day is meant to be fun – but Josh doesn’t have a pet. In this story, he uses creative and critical thinking to solve his problem, constructing a worm farm as his contribution.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pet day, school, worm farm, feelings, worm

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Taniwha trouble.

    Taniwha Trouble

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Journal40

    “Thump! Blop! Gurgle! Gulp!” There’s a taniwha in the classroom water heater – or so Noah thinks. This dramatic short story includes various clues that place his belief in doubt. Students will enjoy reading and rereading this text to look for clues to help them form their own opinion.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: taniwha, classroom, imaginary

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • One black cat.

    One Black Cat

    by Rachel Collier

    illustrations by Rosalind Clark

    Journal40

    This light-hearted narrative poem tells the story of a cat attempting to catch a bird – and being outsmarted. It includes rhyme but this doesn’t follow a regular pattern. 

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: narrative, poem, cat, bird, food chains, science

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Worm farm.

    Our Recycled Worm Farm

    article and photographs by Mike Tapp

    Journal40

    A group of schoolchildren need a bigger worm farm to house their growing worm population. They decide to make one from a discarded washing machine. One of the students recounts the procedure and resources they use to meet their goal.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: worm farm, science, process

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Lucky dip.

    Lucky Dip

    by Philippa Werry

    illustrations by Scott Kennedy

    Journal40

    Tiana and Luka don’t know what to do for their birthdays. A party shop looks promising – but then some misbehaving dogs come and mess things up. The children have to come up with an innovative solution to save their (and the shopkeeper’s) day.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: birthday party, humour, play

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Jj52 cover.

    Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    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 The Green Team
    Zapped!
    Poems Māra  
    Articles Dig In!
    The Jungle in my Garden  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Dig in cover.

    Dig In!

    by Bronwen Wall

    photographs by Mark Coote

    JJ52 cover image.

    This report describes the Garden to Table programme and how it operates at Cannons Creek School. The programme involves teachers and community volunteers and helps students learn how to grow and cook their own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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    The green team cover.

    The Green Team

    by Diana Noonan

    illustrations by Josh Morgan 

    JJ52 cover image.

    The Green Team enter a competition that involves growing vegetables and using them to cook a meal, but the weather turns out to be a big problem. The team need to think creatively if they are to have a chance of winning. This story features characters (and food) from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Jungle in my garden cover.

    The Jungle in my Garden

    by Dr Simon Pollard

    JJ52 cover image.

    This report describes some common spiders and insects found in New Zealand gardens. The author, an expert on spiders, considers the spiders and insects in his garden to be as exciting as wild animals in a jungle. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Zapped cover.

    Zapped! Chapter 1: The Project

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    JJ52 cover image.

    This is the first chapter of a humorous science-fiction story designed to “hook” year 3 students into reading chapter books by themselves. In this chapter, twins Ana and Tai build a robot for a school project. Overnight, the robot gets “zapped” by lightning and comes to life, creating all kinds of problems! The chapter ends with the story hanging in suspense – and with an expectation of more trouble to follow. 

    See also:

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Mara cover.

    Māra

    by Moira Wairama

    illustration by Elspeth Alix Batt 

    JJ52 cover image.

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • Dig in cover.

    Dig In!

    by Bronwen Wall

    photographs by Mark Coote

    JJ52 cover image.

    This report describes the Garden to Table programme and how it operates at Cannons Creek School. The programme involves teachers and community volunteers and helps students learn how to grow and cook their own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • The green team cover.

    The Green Team

    by Diana Noonan

    illustrations by Josh Morgan 

    JJ52 cover image.

    The Green Team enter a competition that involves growing vegetables and using them to cook a meal, but the weather turns out to be a big problem. The team need to think creatively if they are to have a chance of winning. This story features characters (and food) from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

    Order this text

  • Jungle in my garden cover.

    The Jungle in my Garden

    by Dr Simon Pollard

    JJ52 cover image.

    This report describes some common spiders and insects found in New Zealand gardens. The author, an expert on spiders, considers the spiders and insects in his garden to be as exciting as wild animals in a jungle. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

    Order this text

  • Zapped cover.

    Zapped! Chapter 1: The Project

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    JJ52 cover image.

    This is the first chapter of a humorous science-fiction story designed to “hook” year 3 students into reading chapter books by themselves. In this chapter, twins Ana and Tai build a robot for a school project. Overnight, the robot gets “zapped” by lightning and comes to life, creating all kinds of problems! The chapter ends with the story hanging in suspense – and with an expectation of more trouble to follow. 

    See also:

    Series: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 52, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: January 2016

    Order this text