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  • Coronation forest.

    Coronation Forest

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    by Fiona Terry

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: conservation, environment, forestry, trees

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Bat that walks on ground cover.

    The Bat That Walks on the Ground

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by Marlene Bennetts

    Who knew that a bat could scuttle across on the ground like a mouse? This short article explains that, like the kiwi, bats didn’t need to escape predators before people arrived in New Zealand. The lesser short-tailed bats are able to fly, but they are in danger because of their reduced habitat and the introduction of predators. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Bat Detective” Connected 1 2002 | “Bat Maths” Connected 1 2002

    Topics: conservation, living things, science, bats

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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  • Kaupapa kereru cover.

    Kaupapa Kererū

    L3 cover image june2012.

    by Ross Calman

    Although the kererū is a fairly common bird, its numbers are actually declining. The article describes an initiative by Ngāi Tahu that is helping the threatened kererū population on Banks Peninsula. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: kererū, bird, Ngāi Tahu, Banks Peninsula, conservation

    In: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Publication date: June 2012

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  • Richard owens cover.

    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: Listed in TSM

    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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  • Sharks cover

    Sharks

    by Alison Ballance

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This article provides information on sharks, focusing particularly on sharks found in New Zealand waters such as great white, rig, and deep-sea sharks.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, by-catch, camouflage, chimaeras, conservation, eagle rays, endangered species, fish, great whites, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), predators, rays, rigs, sharks, skates, stingrays

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The village beach cover image.

    The Village Beach

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Tanya Muagututi'a

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "We won't be able to hang out here much longer... There's a new building coming"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, coconuts, conservation, drama, environment, Pasifika, play, Sāmoa, Sina and the Eel, tourism, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Seed savers cover.

    Seed Savers

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    What is a seed bank? And what is a seed saver?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: beans, broad beans, conservation, cross-pollination, gardening, heritage, pollination, school gardens, seed bank, seeds, Tahakopa School

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Bringing back the birdsong cover image.

    Bringing Back the Birdsong

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Shanthie Walker

    For years, introduced predators have been killing birds along the Kepler Track in Fiordland. Students in the Kids Restore the Kepler project are working with the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust to reduce the number of predators living in the area. Their mission: to bring birdsong back to the Kepler.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The moa cover image.

    The Moa

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Lucy Buchanan

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    Winner of the 2017 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "The brown-feathered bird stared down, studying her like prey. She wanted to run, to escape the terrifying gaze. The bird stepped back on its large clawed feet, keeping its small eyes on her. Ahorangi felt trapped beneath the glare, as if the bird were suffocating her, as if its claws were already scratching at her throat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, conservation, decisions, Elsie Locke Writing Prize, environment, Māori, metaphor, moa, responsibility, student writing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Thirst cover.

    Thirst

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    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: Listed in TSM

    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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