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  • Springers.

    Springers

    by Annaleese Jochems

    Illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Springers” is a fictional story set in a rest home, where George and his daughter are visiting his elderly mum. Meredith has dementia, although it’s not clear to what degree: at times her strong mind and character shine through, at others, she seems childlike and resigned to the loss of autonomy that many people in rest homes experience. This is a subtle story, carefully observed, that sheds a gentle light on the way ageing can impact on families.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “How to Be Normal” SJ L4 Nov 2018 | “Match Report” SJ L4 Nov 2014

    Topics: autonomy, caring, dementia, dependence, families, frogs, grandparents, health, independence, memories, metaphor, old age, parents, relationships, retirement, second-person narration

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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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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    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

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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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  • Tricky Rat.

    Tricky Rat

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrated by Richard Hoit

    When Rat sees two seagulls fighting over some bread, he uses a clever trick to get himself some lunch. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Monkey and Crocodile.

    Monkey and Crocodile

    A tale from India

    retold and illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    Monkey lives a happy life in a tree high above a river. Crocodile swims in the river and eats fish all day, but what he really wants to do is eat Monkey. When Monkey needs help to cross the river, Crocodile thinks his chance has come… 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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