NZ Junior Journal 64 Activities and Lesson Plans – All About Trees


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Check out our set of reading response activities for the New Zealand Junior Journal 64 – All About Trees. Our NZ Junior Journal 64 Activities and Lesson Plans pack has everything you need to dive into the story and articles within this publication. Both a paper-based and digital option are included so you can use this in the way that suits you best – great for distance learning.
The NZ Junior Journal 64 texts that we have featured are:
  • What is a Tree? (article)
  • Tree Facts (article)
  • Trees and Us (article)
  • The Sticky, Sticky Pine (story)
What you get:
1. 4 x Lesson plans
A lesson plan is provided for each story/article covered in this resource:
2. 4 x Follow-Up Activity Sheets
A one-page activity sheet is provided for each story or article covered in this resource.
Each activity sheet contains a range of reading comprehension strategies including:
  • Use prior knowledge
  • Find information
  • Use vocabulary
  • Make connections
  • Summarise
  • Find evidence
These one-page activity sheets also include links to further activities and ideas. The links help students to explore the topic of the story or article further. QR codes and web links are provided so students can explore multiple perspectives. They can visit websites, listen to audio clips, and watch video clips.
Each activity sheet also features a design/create challenge. This encourages students to use higher-order thinking to synthesise their knowledge and create something new.
3. Paper-based and digital activities are provided
This activity is provided in both paper-based and digital form (Google Slides).
4. Answers are included
A Note About Junior Journal 64 – All About Trees (from TSM JJ64)
  • The texts in this journal are linked by the topic of trees, providing opportunities for ākonga to think about trees from scientific, cultural, environmental, and artistic perspectives.
  • Having several texts exploring the same topic stimulates curiosity and enables ākonga to build their knowledge over time.
  • Background knowledge, including vocabulary knowledge, contributes to success in reading.
  • In turn, reading success builds knowledge, comprehension, and motivation and strengthens reading behaviours that will support further reading.

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