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  • School Journal Level 2, May 2019 cover image

    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!

    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

    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

    Order this text

  • School Journal Level 3, May 2019 cover image

    School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    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 Audio
    Stories Broken Wing  
    Whānau    
    Donkey Sleepover    
    Poem Words   
    Comic Speechless    
    Articles Iris and Dogstar  
    Unwanted Visitors    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Broken Wing.

    Broken Wing

    by Paul Mason

    Illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “The Red Ball” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Kahawai” SJ L3 October 2013

    Topics: agreements, allegory, change, coming-of-age, fairy tales, family, fantasy, fishing, honesty, honour, keeping your word, mood, mystery, narrative, trust

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Whānau.

    Whānau

    by Whiti Hereaka

    Illustrations by Bo Moore

    Timi's still waiting for Nan's place to feel like home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: animals, caring, change, family, grandparents, grief, homesickness, loss, love, Māori, rural, support, te ao Māori, whānau, whangai

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Donkey Sleepover.

    Donkey Sleepover

    by Sarah Johnson

    Illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    There's no getting over it. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, bullying, change, cliques, family, fitting in, friendship, identity, outsiders, peer pressure, popularity, school, sleepover

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Iris and Dogstar.

    Iris and Dogstar

    by Iris Marshall

    This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Texts related by theme “Boy on a Bike” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 August 2018 | “Border Control” “Captain Cook: Charting Our Islands” SJ L4 May 2016 | “What Is Biosecurity?” Border Security, Connected L3 2011

    Topics: adventure, co-ordinates, danger, diaries, family, GPS, journeys, logs, navigation, Pacific Ocean, recount, sailing, sea, travel, weather, yachts

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Unwanted Visitors.

    Unwanted Visitors

    by Allan Burne

    Fruit flies, kauri dieback, didymo, ragwort ...

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: biosecurity, borders, community surveillance, customs, disease, didymo, economy, environment, foot-and-mouth disease, fruit flies, kauri dieback, pests, predators, quarantine, security, stink bugs, weeds

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Speechless.

    Speechless

    by Austin Milne

    It’s speech day, but there are several problems.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, comics, confidence, dreams, graphic novels, humour, illustrations, imagination, nerves, public speaking, school, siblings, speeches, visual language, worry

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Words.

    Words

    by James Brown

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: bullying, humour, language, narrative poems, poetry, power, relationships, resilience, school

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Broken Wing.

    Broken Wing

    by Paul Mason

    Illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “The Red Ball” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Kahawai” SJ L3 October 2013

    Topics: agreements, allegory, change, coming-of-age, fairy tales, family, fantasy, fishing, honesty, honour, keeping your word, mood, mystery, narrative, trust

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

    Order this text

  • Whānau.

    Whānau

    by Whiti Hereaka

    Illustrations by Bo Moore

    Timi's still waiting for Nan's place to feel like home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: animals, caring, change, family, grandparents, grief, homesickness, loss, love, Māori, rural, support, te ao Māori, whānau, whangai

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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