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  • Fish on a coral bed.

    Under the Sea

    Space ship docked for take off.

    This article reports on a survey of a 100-metre long rocky reef located 11 kilometres off the Taranaki coast. Students from local high schools are partnering with divers, biologists, engineers, fishers, and local iwi to discover and record the plants and animals that make the reef their home. The article focuses on the survey methods being used and the different technologies involved in each method.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Living world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Racing car.

    In His Blood

    by Paul Mason

    New Zealander Bruce McLaren was an internationally renowned racing-car designer, driver, engineer, and inventor. In His Blood covers several defining points in Bruce’s life, including his childhood struggle with Perthes disease, his breakthrough at the New Zealand Grand Prix, his time racing on the international circuit, and his founding of the highly successful racing team Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: March 2019

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  • Cartoon of people protesting.

    Once a Panther

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Michel Mulipola

    This fictional comic is based on the true story of the Polynesian Panthers in 1970s New Zealand. Inspired by the Black Panther Party in the United States, the Polynesian Panthers were a group of young New Zealanders who wanted to tackle the widespread prejudice faced by Pacific communities. Once a Panther encourages the reader to reflect on the positive change the Polynesian Panthers created and the ongoing legacy of the dawn raids for Pacific communities.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: March 2019

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    School Journal Level 2 May 2019

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

        TSM Audio
    Stories Stung!
    Where's Toki?
    Poem Cave     
    Articles Harwoods Hole  
    The Striped Invader    
    Why Is the Wasp a Pest?     

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Cave cover image

    Cave

    by Selina Powell

    Image by Neil Silverwood

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: abseiling, caves, caving, environment, exploration, imagery, metaphor, poetry, simile, speleology, underground

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Harwoods Hole

    by Marcus Thomas

    In 1958, a group of intrepid cavers descended into Harwoods Hole, a huge vertical chasm on Takaka Hill. At the bottom, they discovered a spectacular environment, with beautiful stalactites and waterfalls. A month later, they discovered a second cave nearby. The cavers proved that the two cave systems were connected and created a way to travel between them. The themes of exploration and discovery make this article an enthralling read. It’s also an excellent introduction to the information texts students will be encountering more frequently as they progress through school.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Our Rocks Rock!” SJ L2 Apr 2013 | “Marcus Thomas: New Zealand Caveman” SJSL L4 2015 | “Underground Explorers” SJ L4 May 2015 |

    Topics: adventure, cave life, caves, caving, caving gear, change, environment, exploration, geology, Harwoods Hole, history, limestone, marble, solution caves, speleology, stalactites, Starlight Cave, Takaka, underground, waterfalls

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Stung cover image

    Stung!

    by Phil Lester

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Janet set out to check the fences on her remote sheep farm in Taumaranui, she had no idea that her life would soon be in danger. Based on a real event, “Stung!” recounts what happened when Janet stepped on a wasps’ nest and was attacked by a swarm of angry insects. With no cellphone reception and no one there to help, Janet’s survival depended on incredible stamina and determination. Not surprisingly, the after-effects of the attack have been long lasting.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: “The Jungle in My Garden” JJ 52 | The Buzz of Bees (various) Connected L2 May 2012 | “Shipwrecked” SJ L2 Oct 2013 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Wasps” SJ L2 May 2019

    Topics: courage, danger, dramatisation, emergency, endurance, farming, Janet Kelland, paramedics, pests, rural, stings, survival, true story, wasps, wasps’ nests

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    The Striped Invader cover image

    The Striped Invader

    by Phil Lester

    The life cycle of the wasp.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: biodiversity, drones, environment, hibernation, insects, larvae, life cycle, pests, predators, pupae, queen wasp, wasps, wasps’ nests, worker wasps

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Where's Toki?

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Phillip Paea

    Cousins Hoani, Leilani, and Mitch are searching for their dog, Toki. When they realise he is trapped in a cave, they think about going in to rescue him. However, the potential danger and the possibility that the cave might be tapu stops them. Hoani, the narrator, shows particular sensitivity towards, and respect for, tikanga Māori. The story includes a retelling of a traditional story about Ruakuri Cave at Waitomo (Tainui/Ngāti Maniapoto). “Where’s Toki?” has a happy ending, with Toki escaping the cave from another exit and bounding back to rejoin the delighted children.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Kurī” SJ L2 Oct 2015 | “Harwoods Hole” SJ L2 May 2019 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Tū” SJ L2 Aug 2015 | “Rātā me te Rākau” JJ 57 | “Heartbeat” SJ L3 June 2012 |

    Topics: bush, caves, courage, danger, dogs, lost, loyalty, pets, responsibility, Ruakuri, Tāne-mahuta, tapu, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Why is the Wasp a Pest cover

    Why is the Wasp a Pest?

    by Phil Lester

    If you’ve ever stood on a wasp, you’ll know they have a very painful sting. But bees can sting, too, and we don’t think of bees as a problem. So why do most people think of the wasp as a pest?

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Jungle in My Garden” JJ 52 | The Buzz of Bees (various) Connected L2 May 2012 | “Shipwrecked” SJ L2 Oct 2013 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Wasps” SJ L2 May 2019

    Topics: biodiversity, environment, insects, native forests, pests, predators, senses, wasps, wasps’ nests

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Cave cover image

    Cave

    by Selina Powell

    Image by Neil Silverwood

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: abseiling, caves, caving, environment, exploration, imagery, metaphor, poetry, simile, speleology, underground

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • Harwood's Hole cover image

    Harwoods Hole

    by Marcus Thomas

    In 1958, a group of intrepid cavers descended into Harwoods Hole, a huge vertical chasm on Takaka Hill. At the bottom, they discovered a spectacular environment, with beautiful stalactites and waterfalls. A month later, they discovered a second cave nearby. The cavers proved that the two cave systems were connected and created a way to travel between them. The themes of exploration and discovery make this article an enthralling read. It’s also an excellent introduction to the information texts students will be encountering more frequently as they progress through school.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Our Rocks Rock!” SJ L2 Apr 2013 | “Marcus Thomas: New Zealand Caveman” SJSL L4 2015 | “Underground Explorers” SJ L4 May 2015 |

    Topics: adventure, cave life, caves, caving, caving gear, change, environment, exploration, geology, Harwoods Hole, history, limestone, marble, solution caves, speleology, stalactites, Starlight Cave, Takaka, underground, waterfalls

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • Stung cover image

    Stung!

    by Phil Lester

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Janet set out to check the fences on her remote sheep farm in Taumaranui, she had no idea that her life would soon be in danger. Based on a real event, “Stung!” recounts what happened when Janet stepped on a wasps’ nest and was attacked by a swarm of angry insects. With no cellphone reception and no one there to help, Janet’s survival depended on incredible stamina and determination. Not surprisingly, the after-effects of the attack have been long lasting.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: “The Jungle in My Garden” JJ 52 | The Buzz of Bees (various) Connected L2 May 2012 | “Shipwrecked” SJ L2 Oct 2013 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Wasps” SJ L2 May 2019

    Topics: courage, danger, dramatisation, emergency, endurance, farming, Janet Kelland, paramedics, pests, rural, stings, survival, true story, wasps, wasps’ nests

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • The Striped Invader cover image

    The Striped Invader

    by Phil Lester

    The life cycle of the wasp.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: biodiversity, drones, environment, hibernation, insects, larvae, life cycle, pests, predators, pupae, queen wasp, wasps, wasps’ nests, worker wasps

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • Where's Toki cover image

    Where's Toki?

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Phillip Paea

    Cousins Hoani, Leilani, and Mitch are searching for their dog, Toki. When they realise he is trapped in a cave, they think about going in to rescue him. However, the potential danger and the possibility that the cave might be tapu stops them. Hoani, the narrator, shows particular sensitivity towards, and respect for, tikanga Māori. The story includes a retelling of a traditional story about Ruakuri Cave at Waitomo (Tainui/Ngāti Maniapoto). “Where’s Toki?” has a happy ending, with Toki escaping the cave from another exit and bounding back to rejoin the delighted children.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Kurī” SJ L2 Oct 2015 | “Harwoods Hole” SJ L2 May 2019 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Tū” SJ L2 Aug 2015 | “Rātā me te Rākau” JJ 57 | “Heartbeat” SJ L3 June 2012 |

    Topics: bush, caves, courage, danger, dogs, lost, loyalty, pets, responsibility, Ruakuri, Tāne-mahuta, tapu, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • Why is the Wasp a Pest cover

    Why is the Wasp a Pest?

    by Phil Lester

    If you’ve ever stood on a wasp, you’ll know they have a very painful sting. But bees can sting, too, and we don’t think of bees as a problem. So why do most people think of the wasp as a pest?

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Jungle in My Garden” JJ 52 | The Buzz of Bees (various) Connected L2 May 2012 | “Shipwrecked” SJ L2 Oct 2013 | “Lost in the Bush” SJ L2 Nov 2016 | “Wasps” SJ L2 May 2019

    Topics: biodiversity, environment, insects, native forests, pests, predators, senses, wasps, wasps’ nests

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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