New Zealand History Reading Unit | NZ School Journal Time Travel Adventure Level 2
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Dive deep into New Zealand’s collective history with our New Zealand History 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 19 current (2014-2021) Level Two School Journals and learn about interesting parts of New Zealand history. They complete activities that promote higher-order thinking and the use of reading comprehension strategies.
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In this New Zealand History Time Travel Adventure pack you will receive:
19 Level Two 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.
19 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.
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!).
Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies included:
Find Specific Details
Ask and Answer Questions
Understand and Use Vocabulary
Compare and Contrast
Share an Opinion
Persuasive, Report and Narrative Writing
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The School Journal texts covered in this resource are:
- School Journal Level 2 May 2021, Choie Sew Hoy: Otago Pioneer
- School Journal Level 2 October 2015, Kurī
- School Journal Level 2 June 2014, First World War Mascots
- School Journal Level 2 November 2014, Idea City
- School Journal Level 2 May 2015, Coronation Forest
- School Journal Level 2 May 2016, My Name is Davy Lowston
- School Journal Level 2 August 2016, Seals
- School Journal Level 2 November 2016, The Polish Refugee Children
- School Journal Level 2 May 2017, The Zoo Debate
- School Journal Level 2 November 2017, New Zealand’s Dinosaurs
- School Journal Level 2 June 2018, Painted Hoe
- School Journal Level 2 June 2018, A Hoe!
- School Journal Level 2 August 2018, Football: The Beautiful Game
- School Journal Level 2 August 2018, In Memory
- School Journal Level 2 May 2019, Harwood’s Hole
- School Journal Level 2 August 2019, Pencarrow Lighthouse
- School Journal Level 2 November 2019, How Cars Changed the World
- School Journal Level 2 August 2015, The Old Trunk
- School Journal Level 2 August 2015, Starting with Strings
Click here to see the Level Three New Zealand History Time Travel Adventure
Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links: This resource relates to a range of areas in our new Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum including:
Year 1-3: Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
Year 4-6; Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity, Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation, Tūrangawaewae me te kaitiakitanga | Place and environment
Year 7-8: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity, Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
Feedback on This Resource:
Stephanie says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I found this resource extremely useful. It was so easy to use and the subtopics are suitable for children. The discussion raised by the journals often took us on a deeper journey. Thank you for teaching me about NZ History but also for creating such a time saver resource.”