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  • Kara's Music.

    Kara's Music

    by Renata Hopkins 

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Kara and her family have come from Earth to live on the planet Poktron. This humorous science fiction story explores Kara’s experiences on her first day at her new school.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Starting with strings cover.

    Starting with Strings

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    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: Listed in TSM

    Topics: instruments, music, orchestra, Sistema

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • The rules cover.

    The Rules

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    By Maria Samuela

    Illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    “Matiora couldn’t wait till he had enough money saved up.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, busking, classical music, family, friendship, music, orchestras, responsibility, rules, tenors, violin

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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  • The Something.

    The Something

    by John Carr, Illustrations by Stacey Robson

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, music, mystery, poem, poetry, rhyme, riddle, ukulele, verse

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Barney whiterats cover.

    Barney Whiterats

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Glenn Colquhoun

    “Barney Whiterats” is a text in three parts. Students have to consider: a poem by one of New Zealand’s most respected poets, a musical setting of the poem as a lullaby, and an explanation of the poet’s inspiration that includes an old black-and-white photograph of a swagman.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Barney Whiterats, melody, music, onomatopoeia, poetry, rhythm, swagmen

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • The Ukelele Maker.

    The Ukulele Maker

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dave Gilberd is a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments. This report describes how Dave makes a ukulele. A note at the end of the report provides additional information about how the ukulele got its name.

    This journal includes a linked article, “The Kiwileles”, which provides information about students who play in a ukulele orchestra.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Dave Gilberd, guitar, Hawai‘i, instrument, jumping flea, luthier, making things, music, occupation, planning, process, stringed instrument, technology, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

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

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Monster and child dancing.

    Monster at the Disco

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Monster and Jack are enjoying the school disco when, suddenly, the lights go out and the music stops – it’s a power cut! The problem of the lights is soon solved, but what about the music? 

    Blue 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Wooden instrument.

    South Pacific Beats

    Robot.

    Wellington designer Rachael Hall has developed a modern version of the traditional Tongan lali. Called Patō, Rachael’s drum keeps the traditional sound of a lali but incorporates digital capabilities. Her hope is that Patō will allow musicians to mix traditional Pacific sounds with modern music.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Physical world, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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