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    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 3 August 2016

    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 Helping Henrietta  
    The Duel: The Final Challenge  
    U-Turn  
    Plays Car Games
    Articles Michel Mulipola: Superhero Secrets
    Six Photos

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Car Games

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    by Sarah Delahunty

    illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This play is about the digital devices used by a family on a car trip. While this scenario may be outside the experience of some students, it will resonate with many who have travelled in a car with their family, been involved in sibling squabbles, or been more interested in a device than on interacting with their parents.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: drama, electronic devices, family, generational divide, humour, misunderstanding, plays, satellite navigation system, tablet, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Helping Henrietta

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    "As he eats his breakfast, Joe can't stop grinning. The world is covered in thick white icing."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: chickens, comfort, death, family, grief, hard decisions, pets, relationships, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Michel Mulipola: Superhero Secrets

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    This article introduces the readers to Michel Mulipola, an Auckland-based Samoan artist. The title refers to Mulipola’s passion for comics and comic-book heroes.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art forms, artists, cartooning, characters, comic strip, creativity, drawing, graphic layout, heroes, ideas, novels, stories, writing process

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Six Photos

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    This is an article that gives readers a “peek into history”. It makes a link between what we know about taking photos and what we can find out from photos that show different times and places.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: New Zealand history, Parihaka, photographers, photography, portraits, technology, visual analysis

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    The Duel: The Final Challenge

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    "The rules are simple. Baron von Spanner has to invent something, and Grandpa Sid has twenty-four hours to counter it with his own creation."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: cartoons, challenge, duels, family, fantasy, grandparents, humour, illustrations, imagination, ingenuity, inventions, sequels, serial, tall tales, visual language

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    U-Turn

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    "My mother is big. I don’t mean big in size – I mean big in personality."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, confrontation, embarrassment, families, justice, libraries, relationships, utu

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    School Journal Level 3 May 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 Kōpūwai and the Clever Girl  
    Who Froze Farrell Flint?
    New Boots  
    Poems Thumbprints  
    Memoirs Alvin and Me  
    Articles Becoming a Martian
    Designed for Good
    Interviews Haritina Mogosanu: Starryteller  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Alvin and Me

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    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "A week before Alvin arrived, I got summoned to the principal’s office. I was a good kid. I never got into trouble. I was sure I’d done nothing wrong. But still, I couldn’t help worrying..."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Cantonese, change, Chinese New Zealanders, culture, difference, embarrassment, ethnic diversity, friendship, heritage, identity, individuality, race, relationships, respect, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Becoming a Martian

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     by Clare Knighton

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    “Becoming a Martian” is a challenging article that considers the possibility of humans living on Mars. The article begins with the concept “We have exploration in our DNA.” After reminding us of what humans need to survive on Earth (oxygen, water, food, and shelter) the writer explores each of these in relation to Mars, providing factual information about the planet, explaining the challenges of living there, and offering possible solutions.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astrobiology, astronauts, astronomy, challenge, colonisation, environment, exploration, extreme conditions, Mars, science, space, space stations, space travel, survival, water

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Designed for Good

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    by Philip Cleaver

    The New Zealand environment has been badly affected by introduced pests such as rats, stoats, and possums. “Designed for Good” follows the process of developing an effective and humane trap to reduce these pest populations. The article tells the story of the project, from the first “That’s it!” moment through to the production of thousands of traps, which are now in use throughout New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, design, ecological sustainability, ecology, environment, ideas, innovation, introduced species, native bush, pest control, pests, possums, predator-free New Zealand, predators, prototypes, technology, traps

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Kōpūwai and the Clever Girl

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    retold by Brian Potiki

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    This story is from Rapuwai, an ancestral iwi of Ngāi Tahu. It is set on the banks of the Mata-Au/Clutha River, in Otago, and comes from a time long ago when moa roamed the land and giant tuna swam in the rivers.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: challenge, cleverness, Clutha River, Kōpūwai, legends, Māori traditional stories, Mata-Au, monsters, myths, Ngāi Tahu, Otago, Rapuwai, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    New Boots

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    by Tim Jones

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    "Charlie’s own pack was fine, but he was hungry, and his new boots pinched. Plus his mates were way ahead, having a great time – and here he was stuck at the back with Mr Ngaia and the new kid."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, bullying, family, friendship, kea, managing self, narrative, outdoors, relationships, respect for others, responsibilty, scouts, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Haritina Mogosanu: Starryteller

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    by Clare Knighton

    Meet Haritina Mogosanu: astrobiologist, science communicator, president of the Mars Society in New Zealand, and “starryteller”. In 2012, she was commander of the first New Zealand mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in the United States.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: astrobiology, astronauts, astronomy, challenge, colonisation, environment, exploration, extreme conditions, Haritina Mogosanu, interviews, Mars, Mars Desert Research Station, space, space travel, survival, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Thumbprints

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    by Serie Barford

    illustrated by Sheyne Tuffery

    "Mum left Sāmoa in 1952. To‘ono drove her to the harbour in a jeep abandoned by American marines."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, difference, ethnic diversity, family, First World War, German ancestry, heritage, identity, immigration, individuality, internment, New Zealand history, poetry, race, relationships, respect, Sāmoa, Second World War, World War 1, World War 2

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Who Froze Farrell Flint?

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    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    Minnie Sharp, detective, is the narrator of this science-fiction story. The setting is a futuristic research centre on Mars. Minnie has a mystery to solve following the discovery of a frozen scientist in the Cryogenic Storage Room. As she interviews the other scientists working in the laboratory, Minnie is gradually able to build a picture of what might have happened. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, cryogenics, deduction, detectives, ecological sustainability, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, mystery, science fiction, scientists, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Duel: The Inventors Awaken

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    This light-hearted fantasy story, told through narrative, is the first part of a two-part story. The second part will appear in the School Journal, Level 3, August 2016. The text includes numerous illustrations, which amplify the content and add another layer to the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cartoons, duels, family, fantasy, grandparents, humour, illustrations, inventions, sequels, tall tales, visual language

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    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: 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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    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 3 August 2015

    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 Spirit of the Bird 
    Thirst
    The Leather Satchel  
    Boost  
    Poems No Rhyme  
    Articles Clowning Around  
    Richard Owen’s Giant Mystery 

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Spirit of the Bird

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    by Ben Brown

    illustrations by Tom Simpson

    The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Richard Owen's Giant Mystery” SJ L3 Aug 2015 | “Thirst” SJ L3 Aug 2015

    Topics: cave drawings, conservation, dreaming, environment, extinction, first people, Māori, moa, moa hunters, subsistence, tīpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Thirst

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    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    In a realistic story set in the not-too-distant future, Paul Mason conveys a message that has increasing relevance today. The plot involves a family that cannot afford to buy water during a severe drought. Through implication, it appears that a single company owns the water and employs the parents of the family. When their neighbours receive a delivery of water, Ryder decides to take matters into his own hands. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Kahawai” SJ L3 Oct 2013 | “Water Worries” SJ L3 April 2012 | “Close to the Edge” SJ L4 Nov 2014

    Topics: conservation, environment, futuristic, post- apocalypse, science fiction, speculative fiction, survival, water

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    The Leather Satchel

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Emma Martin

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Depression (the), education, envy, family, poverty, responsibility, school, siblings, 1930s

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Boost

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    by Eirlys Hunter

    illustrations by Thomas Hsieh

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fads, fashion, future, humour, science fiction, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    No Rhyme

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    by Tim Upperton

    illustration by Kieran Rynhart

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: language, poetry, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Clowning Around

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    by Wayne Erb

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: clowning, clowns, doctor, emergency, health, hospital, humour, illness, immune system, medicine, Starship, stress

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Richard Owen’s Giant Mystery

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Quinn Berentson

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    Richard Owen was a British scientist of the early nineteenth century, most famous for his identification and naming of dinosaurs. This article reports on the role he played in unravelling the mystery of the moa and in identifying it as the largest bird ever known to humans. The nature of scientific endeavour is conveyed well, from the initial presentation of a bone fragment and through the research needed to have a new species recognised. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Up the Pipe” SJ L3 Nov 2014 | Why Is That? Connected L3 2014 | Believe It or Not! Connected L3 2015 | “Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter” SJ L3 Sep 2012 | “The Dinosaur Hunter” SJ L3 Sep 2012

    Topics: animal anatomy, conservation, environment, extinction, moa, paleontology, Richard Owen, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    School Journal Level 3 August 2013

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

        TSM
    Stories Egbert and the Princess 
    Poems Drift 
    Articles 59.5 Degrees South

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2013

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    59.5 Degrees South

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    by Sarah Wilcox

    59.5 degrees south is the GPS position where the author dropped an Argo float into the Southern Ocean. This article is a recount of her journey on the NIWA ship, Kaharoa. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

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    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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    Drift

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    by Denis Glover

    This beautiful poem by one of New Zealand’s best-known poets, Denis Glover (most famous for “The Magpies”), describes objects drifting on the ocean. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

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    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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    Egbert and the Princess

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    by Katie Furze

    This amusing story takes standard fairy tale characters and turns them on their heads. The author uses the readers’ prior knowledge of Western dragon–princess stories to create humour by changing the stereotypes, which in turn upsets the readers’ expectations of events and reactions. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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