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    King and Country

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This fictionalised story is based on the controversial issue of Māori fighting for the British Empire during the First World War. Students will need some knowledge about the history of our race relations and, in particular, the colonisation of Aotearoa by the British. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, Māori soldiers, marae, Māori language, Pākehā/Māori relations, rugby, Māori conscription

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Underground Soldiers

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Ashleigh Young

    In a straightforward report (supported with period photographs, a map, and a detailed diagram), this article shows the huge risks that were taken by New Zealand tunnellers during the First World War. The job of the tunnellers was to attack German positions from underground and so reduce the risks to Allied soldiers in no-man’s land. The tunnels also provided areas where wounded soldiers could be treated. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Arras tunnels, non- fiction, history, geophones, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2015

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    Das Piano

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Bernard Beckett

    This dark, humorous narrative is set during the First World War and, through exaggeration, shows the effects of extreme patriotism that can appear in wartime. Thomas, the narrator, hates Mrs Biggs, his teacher. He also hates singing. When Mrs Biggs finds him playing Catch the German, she punishes him by making him sing in front of the mayor. Thomas’s desperate attempt to avoid singing has unexpected results when Mrs Biggs and the mayor decide to smash the piano – because it was made in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, piano, school, German, destruction, humour, bully

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Grey angels cover.

    Grey Angels

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Anna Rogers

    Although students will be aware of the role soldiers play in wartime, few will know about the role of nurses. This article describes the work
    of New Zealand nurses who travelled to Africa and Europe during the First World War. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, nurses, hospital ships, Somme, Edna Pengelly, Gallipoli, soldiers, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Iron tamariki cover.

    Iron Tamariki

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Paora Tibble

    Mana hates running, but he’s training to compete in the Iron-Māori Tamariki. His dad is sure he can do it. On the day, his whānau is there in support, and Mana is very happy with the result.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: exercise, healthy lifestyles, Māori, overcoming obstacles, determination, fitness, families

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Match report.

    Match Report

    SJ cover image.

    by Kate De Goldi

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    This tale of a boy telling his grandfather about a cricket match sounds simple, but the clever text structure and extensive use of the language of cricket makes it a very rich text that can be revisited many times for different purposes. The theme of relationships between the generations is conveyed powerfully and in ways that students will recognise.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cricket, old folks home, retirement, Grandad, Grandpa, storytelling, humour, tales

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Up the pipe.

    Up the Pipe

    SJ cover image.

    by Fiona Terry

    “Up the Pipe” shows real scientists in action, working on a project that has direct relevance to our daily lives. Dr Louis Tremblay and his team investigate the sludge at sewage treatment plants and go “up the pipe” to find out what goes down household drains. They want to raise public awareness of the harmful chemicals we may be using every day and convince us to use products that are less harmful to our environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: sludge, chemicals, scientist, environment, landfill, drains, sewage, sewerage, toxic, choice, green, eco-friendly, soap

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Painting the town.

    Painting the Town

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    After the earthquakes in Christchurch, many public facilities were suddenly not available. The article, “Painting the Town” describes how artists have provided people with other ways of experiencing the city by using the walls and streets as their “gallery”. In doing this, they have given people experiences that can help them cope with the difficulties of living in a ruined city. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Christchurch, painting, art, street art, earthquake, art gallery, ideas, creative, inspiration, artist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Tons of tomatoes.

    Tons of Tomatoes

    SJ cover image.

    by Georgina Barnes

    “Tons of Tomatoes” shows readers inside a hydroponics glasshouse, where Johnny’s Uncle Reupena grows tomatoes. Along with Johnny, readers learn about hydroponics. Students will be able to make connections and comparisons with what they already know about growing plants. The article is well illustrated with photographs and is supported by an interview with Uncle Reupena. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tomatoes, growing, soil, glasshouse, horticulture

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Idea city.

    Idea City

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    After the quakes that destroyed much of Christchurch, many people came up with ideas to help bring the city back to life. This article recounts several of these ideas, many of which were small, temporary installations designed to raise people’s spirits. Note: Be sensitive to your students’ feelings as some may be experiencing difficulties post the earthquakes.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Christchurch, paintings, art, street art, gra iti, earthquake, creative, green space, garden, ideas, sharing, rebuild, buildings

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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