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  • Children with a tablet.

    The Perfect Presentation

    War memorial at night.

    by Leonie Agnew

    illustrated by Finn Allison

    "Hi, guys. Thanks for coming to watch us practise our presentation. It’s good to get some advice from you guys. You’re the school’s best team."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: communication, drama, giving advice, helping, humour, literal, misunderstanding, play, presentation, public speaking, school, speeches, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    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:

        TSM
    Stories Ancestors  
    Fangs: The Sequel  
    Koro's Song  
    Poems Acrostic Poem
    Plays The Young Ecoleaders Award
    Articles Finding George
    Journey on the Sea  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Black and white illustrated lion.

    Acrostic Poem

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Tim Upperton

    illustrated by Simon Waterfield

    In this poem about writing poetry, Tim Upperton subverts the form of the acrostic to show what can happen when the words and ideas are let free. This is a poem that speaks to students’ experiences as readers and writers of poetry and makes it fun.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acrostic poems, animals, extended metaphor, figurative language, poetry, wildlife parks

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Two children with a box of ornaments.

    Fangs: The Sequel

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Madeline was a vampire. Not the bloodsucking type – she was vegetarian – but the locals were still afraid of her. She tried taking this in her stride."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairs, friendship, humour, loyalty, No Fangs, parody, sequel, stereotypes, siblings, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

    Student reading a book.

    Finding George

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Henrietta Bollinger

    In this powerful and moving article, Henrietta Bollinger tells the story of her great-great-uncle George, a soldier in the First World War. Most students will have learnt something about the First World War, and many will know something of their own family stories.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bravery, courage, family history, family stories, fear, Gallipoli, George Bollinger, German ancestry, New Zealand history, Ōmatā, prejudice, private detectives, racism, soldiers, Taranaki, the Western Front, war, World War One

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

    People on stage at an awards ceremony.

    The Young Ecoleaders Award

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: awards, change, climate change, community competition, enviro-schools, environmentalism, humour, plays, recycling, satire, student leaders, working together

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Black and white illustrated lion.

    Acrostic Poem

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Tim Upperton

    illustrated by Simon Waterfield

    In this poem about writing poetry, Tim Upperton subverts the form of the acrostic to show what can happen when the words and ideas are let free. This is a poem that speaks to students’ experiences as readers and writers of poetry and makes it fun.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acrostic poems, animals, extended metaphor, figurative language, poetry, wildlife parks

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Two children with a box of ornaments.

    Fangs: The Sequel

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Madeline was a vampire. Not the bloodsucking type – she was vegetarian – but the locals were still afraid of her. She tried taking this in her stride."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairs, friendship, humour, loyalty, No Fangs, parody, sequel, stereotypes, siblings, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Student reading a book.

    Finding George

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Henrietta Bollinger

    In this powerful and moving article, Henrietta Bollinger tells the story of her great-great-uncle George, a soldier in the First World War. Most students will have learnt something about the First World War, and many will know something of their own family stories.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bravery, courage, family history, family stories, fear, Gallipoli, George Bollinger, German ancestry, New Zealand history, Ōmatā, prejudice, private detectives, racism, soldiers, Taranaki, the Western Front, war, World War One

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • People on stage at an awards ceremony.

    The Young Ecoleaders Award

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: awards, change, climate change, community competition, enviro-schools, environmentalism, humour, plays, recycling, satire, student leaders, working together

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Junior journal 56 cover image.

    Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

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

        TSM Audio
    Stories Rumpelstiltskin
    Chang-O and the Moon
    Poems Naming the Goblin Baby  
    Articles Pen Pals

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Look inside this issue

    Child carrying a hay bale.

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this humorous retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, the author surprises and delights the reader with modern twists. This story provides opportunities for students to make connections to their knowledge of other fairy tales and to enjoy and explore the author’s use of language. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dungeon, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin, gold, GPS tracker, promise, Rumpelstiltskin, spinning, spinning wheel, straw, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Children writing at a desk.

    Pen Pals

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Jo Makgill

    In this report, students from Arataki School describe how they are getting to know the residents at a retirement home by becoming their pen pals. Through letters, both groups enjoy finding out about each other’s lives and discovering how some things, such as school life, recreational activities, and even word meanings, have changed over time.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: friends, hopscotch, housie, indoor bowls, inkwells, letters, mobility scooter, movies, pen pals, pen friends, retirement home

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Creatures looking at a baby.

    Naming the Goblin Baby

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Kay Hancock

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    "It was time to name the baby. All the goblins gathered round."

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aunts, baby, dad, fantasy, goblins, grandad, grandma, mum, name, naming, nonsense, poem, rhyme, uncles

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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    Chango and the moon cover image.

    Chang-O and the Moon

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Cherie Wu

    illustrated by Stan Chan

    A traditional Chinese tale that explains the phenomenon of the “goddess in the moon”. This dramatic tale has two storylines, with the first story setting the scene for the main story.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chang-O, China, elixir, emperor, Feng Meng, good luck, moon, moon cakes, Moon Festival, peace, traditional tale, Hou Yi, sun birds, volcano

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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