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  • The Competition cover

    The Competition

    by Chris Lam Sam

    Messy City has a big problem – it’s too messy! A group of superheroes are invited to take part in a competition to find a solution to the problem. In addition to providing opportunities for expressive oral reading, this humorous, light-hearted play can be used to consider ideas about caring for the environment, problem solving, and the power of cooperation.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: comedy, community, competition, cooperation, hero, humour, drama, environment, play, pollution, problem solving, rubbish, solution, superhero, super power, teamwork

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 2 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 2 November 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
    Articles Our Blue Planet
    How Cars Changed Our World    
    Poem Our Car (1970)     
    Stories The Choice  
    Ngāti Kurī Proud

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Our Blue Planet.

    Our Blue Planet

    by Bronwen Wall

    Water is the basis of life on Earth. It’s everywhere, and it’s familiar to all students. However, many students will not be aware of how water changes form. The text provides an introduction to this aspect of chemistry and introduces aspects of the water cycle, which they will explore further when they are working at level 3 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, condensation, environment, evaporation, forms, freezing, gas, groundwater, ice, liquid, living things, shortages, snow, solid, water, water cycle, water droplets, water vapour

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    How Cars Changed the World.

    How Cars Changed the World

    by Bronwen Wall, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: car accident, Cecil Woods, change, Dennison, car, electric cars, first car, Fred Dennison, history, importing, invention, motor cars, Nicholas Oates, petrol, pollution, roads, speed limit, technology, traffic fine, transport, travel, wagons, vehicles, William McLean

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Choice.

    The Choice

    by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    Lamb’s brother and sister are relying on him to perform with them in the church talent quest. But the only final Lamb cares about is the final match of the season for Manu Sāmoa. Unfortunately, the two events clash. In this humorous story, Lamb learns a lesson about the importance of being responsible and following through on commitments – and being truthful.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: church, commitment, family, guilt, humour, lying, Manu Sāmoa, pretence, responsibility, rugby, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Ngāti Kurī Proud.

    Ngāti Kurī Proud

    by Tim Tipene

    illustrations by Munro Te Whata

    “Ngāti Kurī Proud” is a pakiwaitara – a traditional Māori story that explains natural phenomena or why something is the way it is. This pakiwaitara tells how Ngāti Kurī got their name. It is, in fact, three stories in one – three siblings each retell the story they have been given. Each story reflects the clever thinking, endurance, skills, and resourcefulness of the children’s ancestors. Guided by their grandmother, the children come to learn that all their stories are valid.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa, atua, dogs, heritage, identity, iwi, kurī, kurīmoana, mana, Maungapiku, mokopuna, Motu Whāngaikuri, Muriwhenua, Ngāti Kaha, Ngāti Kurī, pā, Pārengarenga Harbour, pride, tūpuna, waka, whakapapa, whale, whāngai-hau, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Our Car (1970).

    Our Car (1970)

    by Tim Upperton

    Poem. The poet remembers his family's old car.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: car, childhood, driving, family, Fiat Bambina, history, Holden, humour, Lamborghini, memories, poetry, reminiscence, rhyme

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 3 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 3 November 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
    Stories After the Fire  
    Hana Kōkō
    The Weird Zone  
    Poem Summer Sounds   
    Articles For the Ancestors: One Woman’s Malu
    Fantastic Penguins
    Olly’s Cicadas  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    After the Fire.

    After the Fire

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    “There were no sheep, no cows, not even birds – anywhere.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alpaca, change, climate change, community, disaster, drought, evacuation, family, farming, fire, fire fighters, friendship, rebuilding, rescue centre, resilience, volunteers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Fantastic Penguins.

    Fantastic Penguins

    by Giselle Clarkson

    Penguins are unlike any other birds on the planet.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, Antarctica, climate, eastern rockhopper, emperor penguin, environment, erect crested penguin, habitat, hoiho, king penguin, kororā, little blue penguin, predators, Snares crested penguin, southern rockhopper penguin, sub-antarctic, survival, tawaki, technology, yellow-eyed penguin

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    For the Ancestors.

    For the Ancestors

    by Madeleine Chapman

    Matalena Leaupepe once saw tatau everywhere.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, au, ceremony, culture, design, faʻa Sāmoa, family, Fiji, harmony, honour, journey, leadership, legend, malu, pain, peʻa, pride, responsibility, ritual, Sāmoa, service, soa, spirits, spiritual, support, tatau, tattoo, tattooing, tāupou, Tilafaigā, Taemā, toso, tufuga tā tatau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Hana Kōkō.

    Hana Kōkō

    by Steph Matuku, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Santa Claus is plump, with rosy cheeks and a curly white beard ... who says?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa, biculturalism, change, characterisation, Christmas, costume, culture, Hana Kōkō, humour, market, Māori, Meri Kirihimete, Santa Claus, Te Ao Māori, tradition, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Olly's Cicadas.

    Olly's Cicadas

    by Alison Ballance

    Olly Hills knows a lot more about cicadas than your average eleven-year-old.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: bugs, cicadas, entomologists, environment, habitats, hobbies, insects, kihikihi, larva, life cycle, moult, publishing, species

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Summer Sounds.

    Summer Sounds

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alliteration, assonance, figurative language, imagery, metaphor, poetry, sound, summer

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Weird Zone.

    The Weird Zone

    by Sacha Cotter

    illustrations by Kirsten Slade

    “We’ve been tracking Dad’s weirdness for months.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: campground, camping, change, depression, embarrassment, emotions, family, feelings, holiday, humour, loneliness, separation, siblings, stress, summer, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 4 November 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
    Stories Boot Camp  
    Hurly Burly
    Across the Sea  
    Screenplay The Game  
    Memoir An East German Childhood  
    Articles Puaki
    Chinese New Zealanders

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Across the Sea.

    Across the Sea

    by Hone Rata

    Ihaka’s first journey across the sea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, climate change, environment, fantasy, future, generations, journey, kaiwhakatere, navigation, post-apocalyptic, resources, responsibility, sailing, science fiction, tangata whenua, tīpuna, trade, tūrangawaewae, waka, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    An East German Childhood.

    An East German Childhood

    by Uli Hartung as told to Lucy Corry

    Uli Hartung was seventeen years old and living in East Germany when the Berlin Wall came down.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Berlin, Berlin Wall, change, childhood, citizenship, civil rights, Cold War, defectors, East Germany, freedom, Germany, identity, Lenin, Marx, Nazis, propaganda, protesters, refugees, Second World War, secret police, social action, socialism, Socialist Unity Party, Soviet Union, Stasi, West Berlin, West Germany, Young Pioneers

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp

    by Shanna Fa‘aita, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Liyah has never seen Uncle Joey this happy.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, argument, attitude, boot camp, challenge, change, choice, community, decision, emotions, family, feelings, gangs, gym, identity, relationships, responsibility, self-worth, values, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Hurly Burly.

    Hurly Burly

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    “Hurly Burly” is a spooky morality tale set in the New Zealand gold rush and based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. John Macbeth is returning to camp when he sees three wild and withered creatures stirring a foul stew and incanting “double, double, toil, and trouble”. The unearthly creatures prophesise his future riches. When John returns to the camp, his brother Duncan announces that he has struck gold and asks John to head into town to register his claim. The story takes a dark turn when John’s wife Sarah encourages him to murder his brother and take the claim as his own.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adaptation, ambition, claim, courage, downfall, drama, family, gold, greatness, greed, history, jealousy, Macbeth, power, prophecy, reason, riches, Shakespeare, tragedy, trust, truth, witches

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Puaki.

    Puaki

    based on work by Michael Bradley

    Tā moko is the art and practice of traditional Māori tattoo, a taonga that almost disappeared as a result of colonisation. Puaki means “to come forth, to reveal, to give testimony”. Photographer Michael Bradley used this concept as the basis of a project exploring ways that tā moko has been both visible and invisible across the generations. In this article based on his project, four people explain why they proudly wear tā moko and how their facial moko connect the past with the present. The story is complemented by stunning portraits of each storyteller.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, artists, artwork, blessing, change, colonisation, culture, decision-making, designs, full-facial moko, haehae, heritage, identity, interview, Māori, mana, moko kauae, photography, puaki, puhoro, ritual, tangata whenua, tā moko, taonga, tattoo, tikanga Māori, tradition, wairua, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Game.

    The Game

    Screenplay by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Toby Morris

    An argument about which TV show to watch quickly turns into something else.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, activist, All Black, apartheid, attitudes, boycott, challenges, change, choice, conflict, diversity, HART, history, law and order, laws, Nelson Mandela, opinion, police, politics, protest, racism, rugby, screenplay, South Africa, sport, Springboks, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Ngāti Kurī Proud.

    Ngāti Kurī Proud

    by Tim Tipene

    illustrations by Munro Te Whata

    “Ngāti Kurī Proud” is a pakiwaitara – a traditional Māori story that explains natural phenomena or why something is the way it is. This pakiwaitara tells how Ngāti Kurī got their name. It is, in fact, three stories in one – three siblings each retell the story they have been given. Each story reflects the clever thinking, endurance, skills, and resourcefulness of the children’s ancestors. Guided by their grandmother, the children come to learn that all their stories are valid.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa, atua, dogs, heritage, identity, iwi, kurī, kurīmoana, mana, Maungapiku, mokopuna, Motu Whāngaikuri, Muriwhenua, Ngāti Kaha, Ngāti Kurī, pā, Pārengarenga Harbour, pride, tūpuna, waka, whakapapa, whale, whāngai-hau, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • After the Fire.

    After the Fire

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    “There were no sheep, no cows, not even birds – anywhere.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alpaca, change, climate change, community, disaster, drought, evacuation, family, farming, fire, fire fighters, friendship, rebuilding, rescue centre, resilience, volunteers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Olly's Cicadas.

    Olly's Cicadas

    by Alison Ballance

    Olly Hills knows a lot more about cicadas than your average eleven-year-old.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: bugs, cicadas, entomologists, environment, habitats, hobbies, insects, kihikihi, larva, life cycle, moult, publishing, species

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Summer Sounds.

    Summer Sounds

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alliteration, assonance, figurative language, imagery, metaphor, poetry, sound, summer

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • The Weird Zone.

    The Weird Zone

    by Sacha Cotter

    illustrations by Kirsten Slade

    “We’ve been tracking Dad’s weirdness for months.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: campground, camping, change, depression, embarrassment, emotions, family, feelings, holiday, humour, loneliness, separation, siblings, stress, summer, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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