Myths and Legends, Fables & Fairy Tales | NZ School Journal Time Travel Adventure


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Dive deep into Myths and Legends, Fables & Fairy Tales with our Stories Through Time Time Travel Adventure. Imagine your students have been taken in a time machine back in time. To get back to the present day they need to complete tasks and collect mosaic tiles. Once their mosaic tile is complete, they can use the time machine to get home.
Along the way, they read 18 current (2014-2019) Junior Journals and Level 2 and 3 School Journals. They complete activities that promote higher-order thinking and the use of reading comprehension strategies. Click here to see which journal stories are included.
***This resource is suitable for Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6 students in New Zealand. It would also suit lower level readers in Year 7 and 8***

In this Myths and Legends, Fables & Fairy Tales pack you will receive:
1. 18 Junior Journal, Level Two and Level 3 School Journal Lesson Plans
  • A detailed lesson plan for each journal article or story. You can use this as a guide or follow it step by step during your guided reading session.
  • 3 Junior Journal Stories
  • 8 Level Two Journal Stories
  • 7 Level Three Journal Stories
2. 18 Sets of Follow Up Reading Activities
  • A table that highlights the journal name, the article or story name, the reading and thinking skills included in the follow-up activities, and the name of the creative activity that is included.
  • Two follow up activities for each journal article or story.
  • The first activity includes Remember, Understand, Apply, and Evaluate higher-order thinking skills and a range of reading comprehension skills including finding specific information, making inferences, making connections, using prior knowledge, summarising, using evidence, and sharing opinions. Do all or some of the activities.
  • The second activity is creative and involves the synthesizing of information and the higher-order thinking skills of analysing and creating.
  • A full set of answer guides.
3. Setting the Scene resources
  • A Setting the Scene document AND PowerPoint presentation to hook the students into the activities.
  • This includes a ”How it works” page that explains the resource though a simple visual flow chart.
  • A black and white mosaic template for each student to complete.
  • A coloured mosaic template to show the finished mosaic design.
  • 18 coloured tile pieces for students to cut out and glue onto their black and white mosaic template.
  • You can either do this individually (yes, it is a bit fiddly and requires some photocopying) or as a whole class mosaic, enlarged to A3 size. I get it, this step is fiddly, but worth it!).
4. A Stories Through Time poster
  • This colourful poster explains the differences between myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales and more!
Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies included:
  • Make Connections
  • Make Inferences
  • Find Specific Details
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Understand and Use Vocabulary
  • Character Analysis
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Share an Opinion
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Report and Narrative Writing

Texts included are:

  • Junior Journal 60 Level 2 2020 – Mariri the Flying Man
  • Junior Journal 51 Level 2 2015 – Kāhu and Hōkioi
  • Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019 – Nian, the New Year Monster
  • School Journal Level 2 May 2020 – Kupe and the Giant Wheke
  •  School Journal Level 2 May 2019 – Where’s Toki?
  • School Journal Level 2 May 2016 – Awarua: The Taniwha of Porirua
  • School Journal Level 2 October 2015 – The Sons of Ma’afu
  • School Journal Level 2 November 2018 – Baskets of Fire
  • School Journal Level 2 November 2019 – Ngāti Kurī Proud
  • School Journal Level 2 June 2014 – The Ants and the Grasshopper
  • School Journal Level 2 August 2019 – Stealing Maru
  • School Journal Level 3 May 2015 – The Red Ball
  • School Journal Level 3 May 2017 – Kōpūwai and the Clever Girl
  • School Journal Level 3 November 2017 – The Fantail
  • School Journal Level 3 November 2017 – The Matriarch’s Tale
  • School Journal Level 3 August 2017 – How Hemi Cleaned His Room
  • School Journal Level 3 May 2016 – The Healers’ Apprentice
  • School Journal Level 3 May 2019 – Broken Wing


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