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School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Illustrated wave.

PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

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Stories Kāhuipani  
Something Alive
The Village  
Poems Giving my Father Frights  
Articles Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist  
Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge
Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

Series: School Journal

Publication date: June 2018

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Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

by Tricia Glensor

Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: carbon dioxide, challenges, change, climate, climate change, climate-change refugees, eco-systems, emissions, environment, erosion, extreme weather, Generation Zero, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, Jan Wright, Kiribati, methane, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, problems, sea levels, temperature, weather

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Dive

by Gina Cole

illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Fiction

Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

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Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

by Claire Finlayson

When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Science

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Non-fiction

Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

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Giving my Father Frights

by Ashleigh Young

illustrated by Donna Cross

We discover no end of windows of opportunity for giving my father frights. Our house is for hiding in. We crouch in the porch, waiting for the bend of his shadow.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make believe, memories, parents, poetry, relating to others, verse

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Kāhuipani

by Anahera Gildea

illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Fiction

Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

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Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

by Renata Hopkins

Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

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Something Alive cover page

Something Alive

written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

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Publication date: June 2018

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The Village

by Paul Mason

illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

Looking for adventure on a family holiday with her parents, Ava wonders off to explore some nearby ruins.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Fiction

Topics: culture clash, famine, fantasy, ghost stories, holidays, inequality, mystery, spirits, traditional societies

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