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  • Reading a boat.

    Reading a Boat

    Cover image.

    by Don Long

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    “Reading a Boat” is an account of a family taking a ferry ride, which becomes an exploration of signs on the ferry. The family continue their exploration of signs when they arrive on land, and they discuss how we know which signs are important.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: boats, signs, photographs, ferry, safety, decisions

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • A clever way of storing food.

    Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food

    Cover image.

    by Dr Michael Stevens

    “Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food” explains the traditional Māori way for storing harvested tītī (muttonbirds). The practice of using pōhā to store the tītī has been passed on through generations and is still being used today.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: food, storage, preserving, kelp, tītī, mutton bird, pōhā, harakeke

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • The ski trip cover.

    The Ski Trip

    Cover image.

    by Dave Armstrong

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    “The Ski Trip” relates how Anthony raises money for a class ski trip by working on odd jobs without the company of his best friend, who chooses to make the most of the end of summer by going to the beach and playing on his new bike.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: financial literacy, money, saving, ski trip, working, earning

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • The big dig.

    The Big Dig: Clearing the Manawatū Gorge Slip

    Cover image.

    by Wayne Erb

    “The Big Dig” describes the 2011 slip in the Manawatū gorge, giving an insight into repairing such an enormous slip and the scale of the problems that needed to be dealt with.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: slip, landslide, gorge, Manawatū, road, detour, repairs, geologists, engineers, rocks

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Nobody laughed.

    Nobody Laughed

    Cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    “Nobody Laughed” is the humorous story of what happens when a class arrives back at school after the summer holidays and each child has the same bright-green bag. The bags get muddled and the only way to find out who owns which bag is to open them. The main character is really worried about how the others will react when they see the “secret favourite thing” in his bag. It soon becomes clear that everyone has their own secret item.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: secrets, embarrassment, laughing

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • First world war mascots cover.

    First World War Mascots

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Philippa Werry

    Many students will be familiar with the use of mascots by sports teams, but they may be surprised to learn that mascots have also been used in wars. This text describes mascots used by New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Students may have some awareness of the First World War through Anzac Day commemorations and from events to mark its centenary in 2014. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, dogs, animals, mascots, history, war, soldiers, army

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • I want to be zippy.

    I Want to Be Zippy!

    Cover image.

    by Fiona Liddell

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: argument, cooperation, solving problems, play, disagreement

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Kai crusaders cover.

    Mahinga Kai Crusaders

    Cover image.

    by Stanley Walsh

    “Mahinga Kai Crusaders” explains two very different approaches to keeping the tikanga of mahinga kai alive – one through hunting and food gathering and the other by posting videos on a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: mahinga kai, traditional, food, kaimoana, seasons, protection, skills

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • The new zealand wars.

    Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars

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    by Ross Calman

    “The New Zealand Wars” describes the wars fought between 1845 and 1872. The wars were about who controlled the country and who owned the land. This long and fascinating article explains the circumstances of the wars, including the areas and tribes involved. There are good general descriptions of the main confrontations and key players, both Māori and British. The text is written by a Māori author who presents a balanced account of the wars and their impacts. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: history, war, Māori, Waikato, Taranaki, war, Te Kooti, Tītokowaru, British Empire, land, settlers, pā, Kīngitanga

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • The maori pioneer battalion cover.

    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Monty Soutar

    This article tells the story of Māori and the First World War and of the huge contribution made by the pioneer Māori Battalion. The topic will be unfamiliar for many students, but the themed content in the surrounding items will provide support. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, British Empire, Māori soldiers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Māori contingent, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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