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  • Poi.

    Poi

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    by Tira Johnson

    illustrations by Martin Simpson

    Maia, who does not want to practise for the kapa haka festival, is given an opportunity to reveal her artistic strengths. She learns that she can make a valuable contribution to the team in her own way.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: poi, kapa haka, helping, making, creating, supporting, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Tohunga.

    Tohunga

    SJ cover image.

    by Potiki

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This intense and dramatic “slice of life” story recounts the time when a mother had to take her sick child in secret to a tohunga. It is set after 1907, when the New Zealand government made it illegal for tohunga to practise rongoā Māori. “Tohunga” provides rich material for both Māori and non-Māori students to explore themes of cultural similarities and differences. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tohunga, medicine, banned, traditional, healer, suppression, illegal

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

    by Philip Cleaver

    Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

    Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • School journal september 2014.

    School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    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 Not So Normal   
    Sparks   
    The Ski Trip
    Poems The Game  
    Articles The Big Dig: Clearing the Manawatū Gorge Slip
    Three Legends  
    Mahinga Kai Crusaders

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: September 2014

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    The big dig.

    The Big Dig: Clearing the Manawatū Gorge Slip

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    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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    Three legends cover.

    Three Legends

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    by Paula Boock

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: cricket, sport, hero, legend

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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    Kai crusaders cover.

    Mahinga Kai Crusaders

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    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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    Sparks cover.

    Sparks

    Cover image.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthday, argument, unfairness, sharing, siblings, brother, sister, family

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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    Not so normal cover.

    Not So Normal

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    by Eirlys Hunter

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aliens, spaceship, science fiction, invasion

    In: School Journal Level 3 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 game cover.

    The Game

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    by Louise Wallace

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: poem, cricket, sport

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • School journal september 2014.

    School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    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 Nobody Laughed
    Poems Where Are the Fairies?    
    Plays I Want to Be Zippy!    
    Articles Reading a Boat  
    Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: September 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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    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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    Where are the fairies.

    Where Are the Fairies?

    Cover image.

    by Serie Barford

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairies, ferries, confusion, poem

    In: School Journal Level 2 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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  • School journal november 2014.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    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 Match Report
    Kauri Island  
    Battle  
    Close to the Edge  
    Poems The Embarrassment Expert  
    Articles Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars
    Fair Chocolate

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Match report.

    Match Report

    SJ cover image.

    by Kate De Goldi

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    This tale of a boy telling his grandfather about a cricket match sounds simple, but the clever text structure and extensive use of the language of cricket makes it a very rich text that can be revisited many times for different purposes. The theme of relationships between the generations is conveyed powerfully and in ways that students will recognise.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cricket, old folks home, retirement, Grandad, Grandpa, storytelling, humour, tales

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Kauri island.

    Kauri Island

    SJ cover image.

    by Amy Head

    illustrations by Bob Kerr

    A new land – and a new friendship

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: history, trees, kauri, logging, felling, settlers, danger

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Battle.

    Battle

    SJ cover image.

    by Maria Samuela

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    Timiona must keep his cool in the heat of battle.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: krumping, playground, dance, competition, belief

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Close to the edge.

    Close to the Edge

    SJ cover image.

    By Cecile Kruger

    Winner of the 2014 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: post apocalyptic, science fiction, water, refugee, student writing, Elsie Locke

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    The new zealand wars.

    Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars

    SJ cover image.

    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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    Fair chocolate.

    Fair Chocolate

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    The article “Fair Chocolate” is about a Christchurch company and its decision to deal directly with cacao producers on the other side of the world and make its own chocolate. Within this context, the article traverses economics, fair trade, and business practices.

    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: fair trade, chocolate, business, profits, workers, consumers, factory, shareholder

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Embarrassment expert.

    The Embarrassment Expert

    SJ cover image.

    by Ashleigh Young

    illustration by Rachel Walker

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: embarrassment, poem, poetry, metaphor, simile

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • School journal november 2014.

    School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    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 Tohunga
    Olden Days  
    The Pink Umbrella  
    Reckless  
    Poems Wining's Wairau  
    Articles Up the Pipe
    Painting the Town

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Tohunga.

    Tohunga

    SJ cover image.

    by Potiki

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This intense and dramatic “slice of life” story recounts the time when a mother had to take her sick child in secret to a tohunga. It is set after 1907, when the New Zealand government made it illegal for tohunga to practise rongoā Māori. “Tohunga” provides rich material for both Māori and non-Māori students to explore themes of cultural similarities and differences. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tohunga, medicine, banned, traditional, healer, suppression, illegal

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Olden days.

    Olden Days

    SJ cover image.

    by Rachel Stedman

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: time travel, aliens, olden, past, history, future, museum

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Pink umbrella.

    The Pink Umbrella

    SJ cover image.

    by Lani Young

    illustrations by Polina Outkina

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Grandma, embarrassment, relationships, respect, family

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Reckless.

    Reckless

    SJ cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Rebecca te Borg

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: responsibility, keeping safe, decisions, sharks, stepping up

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Painting the town.

    Painting the Town

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    After the earthquakes in Christchurch, many public facilities were suddenly not available. The article, “Painting the Town” describes how artists have provided people with other ways of experiencing the city by using the walls and streets as their “gallery”. In doing this, they have given people experiences that can help them cope with the difficulties of living in a ruined city. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Christchurch, painting, art, street art, earthquake, art gallery, ideas, creative, inspiration, artist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Up the pipe.

    Up the Pipe

    SJ cover image.

    by Fiona Terry

    “Up the Pipe” shows real scientists in action, working on a project that has direct relevance to our daily lives. Dr Louis Tremblay and his team investigate the sludge at sewage treatment plants and go “up the pipe” to find out what goes down household drains. They want to raise public awareness of the harmful chemicals we may be using every day and convince us to use products that are less harmful to our environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: sludge, chemicals, scientist, environment, landfill, drains, sewage, sewerage, toxic, choice, green, eco-friendly, soap

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Winings wairau.

    Wining’s Wairau

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    by Jenny Bornholdt

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: settler, olden days, history, hunting, poem, poetry, supermarket

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • School journal november 2014.

    School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    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 Poi
    Ugly    
    Poems Otautahi Octopoem     
    Articles Idea City  
    Tons of Tomatoes

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Poi.

    Poi

    SJ cover image.

    by Tira Johnson

    illustrations by Martin Simpson

    Maia, who does not want to practise for the kapa haka festival, is given an opportunity to reveal her artistic strengths. She learns that she can make a valuable contribution to the team in her own way.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: poi, kapa haka, helping, making, creating, supporting, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Ugly.

    Ugly

    SJ cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: ugly, animals, protest, petition

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Idea city.

    Idea City

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    by Renata Hopkins

    After the quakes that destroyed much of Christchurch, many people came up with ideas to help bring the city back to life. This article recounts several of these ideas, many of which were small, temporary installations designed to raise people’s spirits. Note: Be sensitive to your students’ feelings as some may be experiencing difficulties post the earthquakes.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Christchurch, paintings, art, street art, gra iti, earthquake, creative, green space, garden, ideas, sharing, rebuild, buildings

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Tons of tomatoes.

    Tons of Tomatoes

    SJ cover image.

    by Georgina Barnes

    “Tons of Tomatoes” shows readers inside a hydroponics glasshouse, where Johnny’s Uncle Reupena grows tomatoes. Along with Johnny, readers learn about hydroponics. Students will be able to make connections and comparisons with what they already know about growing plants. The article is well illustrated with photographs and is supported by an interview with Uncle Reupena. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tomatoes, growing, soil, glasshouse, horticulture

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Otautahi octopoem.

    Otautahi Octopoem

    SJ cover image.

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Christchurch, garden, poetry, poem, ideas, spring

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Fair chocolate.

    Fair Chocolate

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    The article “Fair Chocolate” is about a Christchurch company and its decision to deal directly with cacao producers on the other side of the world and make its own chocolate. Within this context, the article traverses economics, fair trade, and business practices.

    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: fair trade, chocolate, business, profits, workers, consumers, factory, shareholder

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Battle.

    Battle

    SJ cover image.

    by Maria Samuela

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    Timiona must keep his cool in the heat of battle.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: krumping, playground, dance, competition, belief

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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