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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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    Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Interpret representations.
    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Totally Random cover.

    Totally Random?

    Picture This L3 cover.

    by Kate Potter 

    Miranda is going to explode if Hugh rolls another six. Three in a row just isn’t fair. Isn’t rolling a dice meant to be random? Take a deeper look into the mathematical concept of randomness and find out if Miranda stands a chance against Hugh.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics

    In: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Blood Sugar cover.

    Blood Sugar

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    by Veronika Meduna

    Sarah Cook is a busy year 10 student living with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that can affect your day-to-day life. Find out what Sarah does to manage her diabetes and make sure it doesn’t prevent her full and active lifestyle. 

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Over the Rainbow cover.

    Over the Rainbow

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    by Sarah Bainbridge

    Ms Maxwell sends her class on a treasure hunt.  The students must use their prior knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum to find out how different types of energy can be used in their everyday lives. 

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Physical world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Publication date: January 2016

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    On the Move cover.

    On the Move

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    by Sophie Fern

    Some animals migrate thousands of kilometres every year - so how do scientists keep track of them? Take a look at the different technologies scientists use to study migration patterns, and discover what they have learnt about great migrations. 

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 3 – Picture This

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability:  Interpret representations.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Winning Ways cover.

    Winning Ways: Presenting Scientific Data

    Getting the Message L4 cover.

    by Renata Hopkins

    Grace is on a mission to win the science fair – but to do so she must structure and present her investigation in the most informative and thought-provoking way possible. Grace uses diagrams, photographs, tables, graphs, infographics, and clear science writing to present her data and blow the judges away!

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Driving Us into the Future cover.

    Driving Us into the Future

    Getting the Message L4 cover.

    by Emma Gilkison

    Electric cars are often seen as the vehicles of the future – but are they? Read about the development of electric cars and see how the technology they use contrasts with that used by fuel-powered cars.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Can You Hear That? cover.

    Can You Hear That?

    Getting the Message L4 cover.

    by Rebecca Hawkes

    Sounds are all around us, even if we can’t hear them. Human ears are designed to pick up sound waves of a range of different frequencies, but ultrasonic and infrasonic sounds have frequencies that only certain animals can hear.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Physical world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Publication date: January 2016

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    What Now for the Rena? cover.

    What Now for the Rena?

    Getting the Message L4 cover.

    by Maria Gill

    In 2011, the MV Rena struck Astolabe Reef and caused an environmental disaster. Since then, the clean-up operation has seen lots of debris removed from the wreck – but large parts of the Rena still remained on the ocean floor. What factors were considered when making the decision on the future of the Rena wreck?

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Interpret representations.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2016

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    An Invasion of Yellow Crazies

    Show and Tell L2 cover.

    by Allan Burne

    The islands of Tokelau have been invaded by yellow crazy ants. Scientists are investigating where they are and what can be done about them. By collecting and recording data, they can identify the extent of the problem and figure out the best course of action.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Publication date: January 2016

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    What’s Inside? book cover.

    What’s Inside?

    Show and Tell L2 cover.

    by Dave Armstrong

    The vets at Wellington zoo encounter a lot of interesting patients. Luckily, they have a range of amazing technologies that harness light and sound to help them see inside sick and injured animals.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Physical world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Publication date: January 2016

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    Sun, Wind or Rain? cover.

    Sun, Wind or Rain?

    Show and Tell L2 cover.

    by Matt Vance

    People in Aotearoa New Zealand have been predicting the weather for years. From violent storms to warm breezes, by observing patterns in nature people can tell what tomorrow will bring. 

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Publication date: January 2016

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    I Am Alice cover.

    I Am Alice

    Show and Tell L2 cover.

    by Bronwen Wall

    Alice is a tunnel-boring machine used to build two tunnels for Auckland’s Western Ring motorway. Hear about the experience from Alice herself as she provides a first person account of the impact of new technology on our land and infrastructures. 

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Publication date: January 2016

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