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  • School journal level 2 august 2017 cover image.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    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 Up the Guts
    Poems A Gust of Wind  
    Plays The Best Team Ever    
    Articles The Mysterious Stones of Tonga
    Score!    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The Mysterious Stones of Tonga

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    by 'Ana Maui Taufe'ulungaki

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    In this article, Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe‘ulungaki describes and discusses an unusual stone monument, Ha‘amonga ‘a Maui (the Burden of Maui), which stands near the village of Niutōua in Tonga. The monument is special because there are very few stone structures to be found anywhere in the Pacific.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancient monuments, Burden of Maui, Ha‘amonga a Maui, history, king’s stone clock, King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, King Tu‘itātui, Lapita, Maui, mystery, Niutōua, oral history, Pasifika history, standing stones, stone monuments, technology, Tonga, World Heritage Site

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Score!

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    by Bronwen Wall

    "Tiana tucks the ball under her arm and races up the field. It’s three tackles down – there’s only one more play left in this set. The other team is waiting for her."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Kiwi Ferns, league, Mini League, Mod League, rugby league, rules, sport, teamwork, winter sports, Women’s Rugby League World Cup

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The Best Team Ever

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    by Philippa Werry

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    This play follows 6 students grouped together to make a wearable arts costume. The students are forced to improvise after their original idea doesn't go as planned.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: contributing, cooperation, costumes, creativity, drama, found materials, groups, imagination, plays, problem solving, school, teamwork, wearable arts

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    A Gust of Wind

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    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Rachel Walker and Adam Pryor

    In this four-stanza, illustrated poem, Sarah Penwarden uses rich imagery to describe the four seasons. The first-person narrator is a child, and the poem also reflects his or her relationship with grandparents. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: autumn, birds, change, family, flowers, grandad, grandma, grandparents, imagery, metaphor, poetry, seasons, simile, spring, summer, winter

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Up the Guts

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    by Paora Tibble

    illustrated by Munro Te Whata

    This fast-paced story follows Para (the narrator) and her older brother, Shane, as they practise their rugby league skills in their backyard, then play a game of league with the rest of their team.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: family, humour, league, Māori, practice, rugby league, siblings, skills, sport, teamwork, te reo Māori, tungāne–tuahine, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • School journal level 2 August 2016.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    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 Queen of the Board  
    Poems Becoming Toroa    
    Plays Good as Gold  
    Articles Seals
    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Becoming Toroa

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    by Greg O’Connell

    A poem

    "We are driving down the twists and turns of Carsick Road."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: albatross, carsickness, driving, ocean, poetry, toroa, visualising

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Good as Gold

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     by James O’Sullivan

    Illustrations by Yunie Lee

    This play combines sci-fi with humour and provides students with an opportunity to read, enjoy, and perform. A number of abstract financial capability concepts are embedded in the story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banking, bartering, borrowing, financial capability, humour, interest rates, lending, percentages, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Queen of the Board

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    by Anahera Gildea

    Illustrations by Taeri Christopherson

    "My sister Tiana won the school chess championship, and ever since, it’s like she thinks she’s Genesis Potini or something."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: board games, challenge, chess, competition, imagination, mentoring, sibling rivalry, sisters, strategy, tuakana-teina relationship

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Seals

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     by Susan Brocker

    This article presents information about seals in an engaging way. Students can find out about the ways seals are adapted for living on land and sea, the various species found around New Zealand, and how they raise their pups.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, elephant seals, endangered species, environment, fur seals, leopard seals, rookeries, sea lions, sealers, seals, species

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka

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    by Kiwa Hammond

    Nūhaka School took out the title of “Most Successful School” in the Hawke’s Bay junior chess championship last year. The interest in chess at the school was sparked by a workshop given by Genesis Potini (subject of the New Zealand film The Dark Horse) several years ago.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: board games, chess, chess notation, concentration, Genesis Potini, Gisborne, inspiration, Nūhaka, teamwork, The Dark Horse, tournaments

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    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 Finders, Keepers    
    The Show Went On  
    Articles Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui
    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui

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    by Maakere Edwards and Kiwa Hammond

    This article describes how one Taranaki school celebrates the appearance of the star Puanga in the eastern sky – the signal for the start of the Māori New Year. In other parts of Aotearoa, people watch for Matariki, but that constellation is hard to see in the Taranaki region.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astronomer, astronomy, celebrations, constellations, Māori New Year, Matariki, night sky, Orion’s Belt, Pleiades, Puanga, Puanga Kai Rau, Ramanui School, Rigel, school, stars, Taranaki, Tautoru, telescopes, time capsule

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Finders, Keepers

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    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe found the dinosaur egg in the washing basket in the laundry. He knew straightaway that the egg belonged to a dinosaur. It was too big to belong to a chicken and not round enough for a soccer ball."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dialogue, dinosaur eggs, dinosaurs, fantasy, Gondwana, humour, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    New Zealand Dinosaurs

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    by Hamish Campbell

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    This engaging article explains what is known about the dinosaurs that once roamed New Zealand. It provides some background information on dinosaurs in general, including the most popular theory about why they became extinct. It also explains that for a long time, people believed no dinosaurs had ever lived in this country. Then it gives details of the dinosaur fossils found in various parts of New Zealand, which proved that idea to be wrong.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ankylosaur, birds, Brendan Hayes, cerapods, dinosaurs, dromaeosaurid, extinction, fossils, Greg Browne, GNS Science, hypsilophodont ornithopod, Jeffrey Stilwell, Joan Wiffen, Mangahouanga Stream, paleontology, reptiles, sauropods, skeletons, terrible lizard, theropods, thyreophorids, titanosaurid

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The Show Went On

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    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrated by Rachel Smythe

    The story begins with the children of Room 7 dressed as farmyard animals and about to make their entrance in the school production.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: characters, cooperation, costumes, emergency, fire, humour, play, safety, school, school production, shows, stage, working together

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    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 The Amazing Humans    
    Plays The Race
    Articles Bugbix for Breakfast
    The Zoo Debate  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Bugbix for Breakfast

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     by Bronwen Wall

    This article tackles a topic that many people feel squeamish about: eating insects. The writer explains that many people around the world eat insects as a normal part of their diet. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bugs, cricket flour, diet, edible insects, entomophagists, entomophagy, environment, famine, food, health, insects, wētā, wild food

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Amazing Humans

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    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Michel Mulipola

    "It was then that Mere noticed a little Zeelonite standing off to one side. The alien was watching them with a sad look on its face. At least, they thought it looked sad – it was sometimes hard to tell with Zeelonites. "

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fantasy, humour, role reversal, satire, science fiction, space travel, zoos

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Race

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    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Ant Sang

    In this play, Chris Tse retells a traditional Chinese story about how the twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac came to be chosen and how their order was decided. All twelve of the Zodiac animals are characters in the play, although only six of them have speaking parts. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astrology, China, Chinese zodiac, competition, drama, fables, humour, legends, plays, signs of the zodiac, swimming, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Zoo Debate

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    by Philippa Werry

    This article presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos? It includes a short history of zoos and some suggestions for alternatives. It also includes lists of valid points for and against zoos.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal rights, animals, change, conservation, debate, elephants, endangered species, environment, habitats, reserves, safari parks, sanctuaries, wild animals, wildlife, zoos

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • School journal level 3 aug 2017 cover image.

    School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    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 Wild Things  
    Low Tide
    Poems Dog Training  
    Plays How Hemi Cleaned His Room  
    Articles The Subantarctic Islands
    Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    The Possum Problem  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The Subantarctic Islands

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    written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    This visual text uses words and cartoon-style images to provide information about the five groups of islands that are found between New Zealand and Antarctica. The information is presented in a lively way, organised into sections that tell what and where the islands are, the weather they share, and their flora and fauna. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, albatrosses, Antarctica, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, cartoon, climate, climate change, endangered species, endemic, environment, fauna, flora, latitude, longitude, Maungahuka, megaherbs, Motu Maha, Moutere Hauriri, Moutere Mahue, native, penguins, pollution, subantarctic, Subantarctic Islands, The Snares, Tini Heke, weather

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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    by Ross Calman

    This straightforward article explains what the Treaty of Waitangi is, why it was needed, and what it says. Although most students will have heard of the Treaty, this may be the first time they have read about it for themselves.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, change, colonisation, compensation, governorship, Henry Williams, Hōne Heke Pōkai, kāwanatanga, land confiscation, migration, missionaries, New Zealand history, promises, protest, settlements, settlers, Tāmati Wāka Nene, tino rangatiratanga, Titiri o Waitangi, treaties, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The Possum Problem

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    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    "Possums. You hardly ever see them, but they’re all around: in the bush, on farms, in parks. They might even be in your garden. During the day, possums stay in their dens. These are dry, hidden places where they won’t be disturbed. Possums emerge after dark, millions upon millions of them, all across New Zealand. And what do they do? They eat."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: acclimatisation societies, bovine tuberculosis, change, ecosystems, endangered species, environment, food chains, fur, fur trade, hunting, New Zealand history, pest control,possums, predators, trapping

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Dog Training

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    by Marty Smith

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "Dad would snap at us if we gave the dogs food: Don’t feed them at the table! It turns them into beggars!"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dogs, dog training, farms, poetry, rural life, shearing, sheepdogs, smoko

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    How Hemi Cleaned His Room

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    by Steph Matuku

    illustrated by Allan Wrath

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: drama, environment, family, humour, legends, Māori culture, Māui, mutation, myths, oceans, parody, play, pollution, rubbish, siblings, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Wild Things

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    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "But it wasn’t a mouse that woke us. It was another noise. It sounded as though someone with asthma was choking on a mouthful of cornflakes right outside my window. I froze."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: endangered species, environment, family holidays, humour, native bush, pest control, possums, predators, siblings, trapping

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Low Tide

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    by Tim Jones

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    This short story describes what happens during the hour that Manu and his father have to rescue what they can from their ruined home. A storm accompanied by a high tide has breached a seawall and sent seawater through their house.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Asperger syndrome, characterisation, civil defence, environment, family, floods, global warming, natural disaster, pets, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    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 Tū     
    Best Mates
    Poems Meeting Katherine Mansfield    
    Articles Starting with Strings  
    The Old Trunk

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Starting with Strings

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    by Georgina Barnes

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    “Starting with Strings” is about Sistema Aotearoa, a children’s orchestra based in Otara. The article explains how children join the orchestra, what’s involved in learning to play an instrument, and what it means to be part of the orchestra. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Never Give Up!” SJ L2 Aug 2012 | “Taonga Puoro” SJ 2.2.09 | “Conductor” (poem) SJ 2.2.09 | “Shine” SJSL 2004

    Topics: instruments, music, orchestra, Sistema

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    The Old Trunk

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    by Gregory O’Brien

    The old trunk of the title is filled with Jill McDonald’s illustrations. The article explains how the illustrations ended up in the trunk and describes why Jill is one of New Zealand’s most well-known and successful children’s illustrators.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Bringing Stories to Life” SJ 2.3.02 | “Artists at Work” SJ 2.1.20 | “Born to Weave” SJ 2.2.04 | “From Corned Beef to Captain Cook” SJ 2.2.08 | “Wired” SJ 3.3.08

    Topics: art, illustrators, Jill McDonald, School Journal

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Bridget Monro

    “That dog has to go!” said Mum when I got home after school. 

    “What’s Tū done now?”, 

    “My vegie patch,” Mum moaned. “All my hard work …”

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, pets, te reo Māori, training animals

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Best Mates

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    by Paora Tibble

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This poignant story, told with subtle humour, is about Mana coming to terms with the fact that his best mate is leaving town. At the same time, he has to deal with the news of the imminent arrival of a baby brother or sister. “Best Mates” is a sequel to “Iron Tamariki” (SJ L2 June 2014). Students who have read the earlier story will enjoy meeting Mana and members of his whānau again.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Iron Tamariki” SJ L2 June 2014 | “Jump” SJ L2 May 2015

    Topics: family, friendship, humour, loss, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: art, Katherine Mansfield, poetry, Te Papa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Mihi and the Foghorn Father
    Articles “Our Hero” – the Story of George  
    Power  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2011

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    “Our Hero” – the Story of George

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    by Sue Gibbison

    “George was a small dog with a lion’s share of courage”. This article tells the true story of how George bravely risked his life to save five children from an attack by two large, fierce dogs. The injuries he sustained could not be mended and he was put down by a vet, but his story lives on and spread far and wide. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dog, courage, true story, brave, dog attack

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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    Mihi and the Foghorn Father

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    by Rachel Hayward

    Family relationships and the need for honesty are the themes of this charming story about a girl and her over-enthusiastic Dad. Mihi loves her Dad, but when he watches her play rugby, his loud advice and encouragement put her off her game. When she bravely lets Dad know this, he makes a deal with her that helps them both to enjoy the match. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Family, relationships, honesty, girl, rugby, Dad

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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    Power

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    by Alex Taylor

    Where does power come from? Starting with some familiar electrical structures, the article traces the source of the power needed to charge an electric toothbrush. It follows the journey back from the power outlet in the wall, through roadside structures and transmission lines, to the waters of Lake Taupō. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: power, electrical structures, source of power, electric toothbrush, water, Lake Taupō

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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    School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

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    Stories Kūtai Fritters
    Articles What a Disaster!
    Kūtai  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2012

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    What a Disaster!

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    by Katie Furze

    The container ship Rena went aground near Mount Maunganui in October 2011. This article describes the impact of the event
    through the eyes of a young girl. She uses information from the news as well as her family’s observations to describe the damage done to the beaches and wildlife. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: human, impact, environment, “Kūtai”, caring, coastal environments

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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    Kūtai

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    by Ross Calman

    As a companion piece to “Kūtai Fritters” from the same Journal, “Kūtai” provides information about the origins, guardians (kaitiaki), uses, and habitats of this shellfish, which could once be found in many parts of New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: “Kūtai Fritters”, “Kūtai”,origins, guardians, kaitiaki, shellfish, New Zealand

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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    Kūtai Fritters

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    by Charlene Mataio

    In this simple fictional recount, a young Māori boy, Kalani, describes an event that will be familiar to some students: gathering kaimoana with the whānau. The story demonstrates important aspects of the relationships within the whānau, including respecting elders and sharing of knowledge and tikanga (cultural concepts) associated with gathering kaimoana. The story illustrates the passing on of knowledge and experience from older whānau members (Koro, Dad) to the next generation.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

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    Topics: sustainability, respect, taonga, Tangaroa, food, tikanga Māori, fear

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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    School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

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    Stories Backyard Chooks
    Play Making a Sentence  
    Articles Ramadan is Coming

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2013

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    Ramadan is Coming

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    by Marita Vandenberg

    Obay’s family has come to New Zealand from Saudi Arabia. The article describes his family’s daily life, then focuses on the activities that occur at Ramadan. Obay and his brothers attend regular school, and their mother maintains their Arabic learning at home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Ayyam-i-ha Party” SJ 3.3.04 | “A Palace in Time” SJ 4.2.04 | “Don’t Sit on the Roof of Our House” SJ 2.1.04

    Topics: Ramadan, culture

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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    Making a Sentence

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    by John Parker

    This is a light-hearted, entertaining play that will engage students – it is set on a dairy farm where eight characters try to make a sentence. Two of the characters are nouns (animals) and the other six represent articles, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and a full stop. This clever idea provides readers with a visual way of learning how parts of speech work to form an interesting sentence that sounds correct. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Full Stop” SJ 1.4.07 | “Pet Commas” SJ 2.3.10 | “Stop That Punctuation!” SJ 4.3.05

    Topics: farm, dairy, animals, play, humour

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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    by Susan Paris

    Jean loves eating eggs for breakfast, but one morning, there are no eggs left. This engaging article describes how Jean asks her family about getting their own chickens to ensure a constant supply of eggs. The family discussions about the costs and benefits of keeping chickens bring out financial literacy concepts that will be familiar to many students.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Emily’s Hens” SJ 1.2.06

    Topics: eggs, chickens, financial literacy, money

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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