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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

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

     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

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    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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    The Race

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    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

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    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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    Bugbix for Breakfast

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

     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

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    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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    Night Light

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by David Hill

    Illustrations by Scott Pearson 

    This article presents facts and phenomena about the moon, such as tides and phases of the moon. It’s a companion piece to “Cool Facts about a Hot Place” (School Journal, Level 2, October 2015). Together they provide a great platform for exploring the Planet Earth and Beyond science strand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: gravity, meteorites, moon, moon landing, phases of the moon, tides

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Thumbprints

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    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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    Tunç Tezel: Star Man

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by David Chadwick

    Photographs by Tunç Tezel

    An interview with astrophotographer Tunç Tezel. His photographs appear in the October 2015 School Journal (Level 2). 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: analemma, cameras, moon, photography, planets, solar eclipse, space, stars, Turkey, Tutulemma

    In: School Journal Level 2 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

    Cover image school journal level 2 august 2017.

    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 4 May 2017.

    School Journal Level 4 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 How to Fall  
      Hushed  
      Origin Story (with fairy)
      Stitches  
    Articles Astrobiology: Finding Extraterrestrial Life
      The Fight to Vote  
    Play The Trial

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Astrobiology: Finding Extraterrestrial Life

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Steve Pointing

    This article explains the work of astrobiologists and invites students to consider the possibilities of life beyond Earth. It asks what extra-terrestrial life might be like if it does exist. Could we be invaded by a dangerous species, or would the aliens be friendly?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, Antarctica, astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, Fermi’s Paradox, Goldilocks zone, habitable zone, Mars, microbes, mystery, SETI (Search for extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, signs of life, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    How to Fall

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    by Whiti Hereaka

    illustrated by Rebecca ter Borg

    "The rec centre’s packed. It’s like one big party, but Maia’s determined not to enjoy herself. Coming to see Aunty Emz’s derby game had been Mum’s idea. They needed a break from unpacking, apparently – although Maia’s pretty sure of the real reason: they needed a break from each other."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, change, family, moving, relationships, roller derby, settling in, skating, sport, stress, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Hushed

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    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Mat Tait

    "The door to the pod hissed open, and Tre stared at his new classroom, an uncertain flicker in his eyes. Children sat clustered around tables in small groups. In the centre of each lay a pile of building bricks, white as hospital walls."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, authoritarianism, brainwashing, escape, fantasy, fascism, freedom, future, futuristic fiction, identity, individuality, rebellion, science fiction, serial, society, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Origin Story (with fairy)

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by David Larsen

    illustrated by Ross Murray

    In “Origin Story”, schoolgirl Moana has a surprise meeting with a fairy. As the fairy greets her and introduces itself, Moana is forced to suspend disbelief. Time is also “suspended” in a freeze-frame style, and Moana eventually realises that she has a chance – and the power – to change the course of events.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: choices, fairies, fairy tales, fantasy, humour, logic, modern fairy tales, origin stories, responsibilty, speculative fiction, superheroes, super powers, time

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Stitches

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    by Mary McCallum

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    "Before she threw back the covers, May’s eyes fell on the brand-new Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine, which stood black and gleaming like a cat on the dresser. How wonderful of Papa to buy it for her! He’d talked about nothing else since he’d brought it home: how many dresses May could sew in a week right here in her bedroom, how much money she could make, what a help it would be."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: class, dressmaking, economics, education, family, friendship, New Zealand history, poverty, relationships, responsibility, sacrifice, schooling, sewing, women’s rights,

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Fight to Vote

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Susan Paris

    "It's hard to imagine a world where women can't vote. Yet up until 1893, this was the reality. Not one country allowed women to have a say in their national government. In some parts of the world, it would stay that way for a long time. New Zealand was different. On 28 November 1893, women went to the polling booth for the first time. It was a famous victory – a radical change – but it didn't come without a fight."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: civil rights, democracy, elections, Kate Sheppard, New Zealand history, parliament, participating and contributing, petitions, Richard Seddon, suffrage, suffragettes, temperance, voting, Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), women’s rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Trial

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    In this futuristic tale, readers will be confronted with a situation that has strong parallels with present-day moral dilemmas. “The Trial” provides opportunities for rich discussion about the concept of setting up a “new” society with clear rules and when the rules need to be questioned. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: civil rights, colonies, court, drama, fantasy, futuristic fiction, laws, Mars, principles, rebellion, rules, science fiction, screenplay, society, space, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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