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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2016 cover image.

    School Journal Level 4 November 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 By the River  
    The World Will End, Said the Cat
    Fallen Leaves
    Mirror Image  
    Play Dashing Doggies  
    Articles The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai
    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School  
    Poem At the end of the driveway  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2016

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    At the end of the driveway

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    A poem by Tim Upperton, with images by Edith Amituanai

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: change, children, community, growing, imagery, kids, photographs, photography, poetry, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School

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    by Ross Calman

    Two hundred years ago, our first school opened at Rangihoua.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Christianity, colonisation, education, first school, Hongi Hika, missionaries, New Zealand history, Rangihoua, Ruatara, Samuel Marsden, school, te kura tuatahi, Te Pahi, te reo Māori, Thomas Kendall, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

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    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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    Dashing Doggies

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    by Sarah Delahunty

    It would seem the consultants know best.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: business, cooperation, costs, debt, dog walking, drama, economics, expenses, finance, financial capability, humour, interest, loans, loss, money, parody, plays, profit, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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    Mirror Image

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    by Julia Randerson

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "Rain spat at Meggie as she trudged home through storm-darkened streets. Being mocked at school for opposing the Springbok tour had put her in a black mood."

    Winner of the 2016 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, apartheid, change, conflict, courage, Elsie Locke writing prize, historical fiction, New Zealand history, protest, racism, rugby, South Africa

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Fallen Leaves

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    by Paul Mason

    This historical fiction, set in 1845, is told from the point of view of a young Māori protaganist. Haora works in the printery at Kororāreka at the time when war was building between Ngāpuhi chief Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pōkai) and the British troops.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: historical fiction, Hone Heke Pōkai, Kororāreka, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Pompallier mission, Roman Catholic church, station, printing, race relations

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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    The World Will End, Said the Cat

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    by David Larsen

    This is a fantasy story with a serious flavour. The indirect unfolding of the story allows students to make their own way through the text, piecing information together as they go.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accountability, change, choice, decisions, fantasy, future, mystery, parallel universe, responsibility, risk, science fiction, thinking, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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    By the River

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    by Sarah Penwarden

    "School camp. Kenzie’s seen the photos from last year. It looks nice: little cabins clustered around a central dining hall; grassy paddocks with giant macrocarpas; picnic tables and a fire pit; a green river, deep and shady, with a slide and a swimming hole."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, camp, challenge, change, confidence, courage, fear, friendship, relationships, school, self-esteem

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    School Journal Level 3 November 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
    Articles Puawai Cairns: Te Papa Detective
    A Sweet Business
    Stories Turbulence  
    Cancel the Invasion
    Lost Treasure  
    Atutahi’s Unicorn  
    Poem Not Your Normal Tent  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Not Your Normal Tent

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    A poem by James Brown, illustrated by Peter Campbell.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: camping, found poems, humour, instructions, poetry, tents

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    Publication date: November 2016

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    Atutahi’s Unicorn

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Hinemoana Baker

    “Mum, you need to come!” I shouted. “I think Sparkles is bunged up again.” I took a cautious step towards the unicorn. She turned her head towards me, eyes crossed from the strain, horn bobbing. It was the third time this week.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: competition, family, fantasy, hobbies, humour, relationships, science fiction, sisters, sport, te reo Māori, unicorns, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Lost Treasure

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Anahera Gildea

    "I’ve got this cousin Hoani. He always causes me big trouble. One time, I stayed over at his house and woke up paralysed. During the night, he’d plastic-wrapped me to the stretcher."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, cousins, culture, family, grandparents, humour, loss, marae, MASAM, relationships, responsibility, tangi, tikanga Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Cancel the Invasion

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by David Larsen

    “Cancel the Invasion” is a funny and original fantasy story. Ash is an alien who has been sent to Earth as an advance scout for a planned invasion. He meets some young humans, and we follow his internal musings as he struggles to understand the complexities of their (English) language.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, books, communication, conflict, fantasy, future, humour, language, lies, misunderstanding, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Turbulence

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Paul Mason

    "That week, an email from Cooper’s dad arrived out of nowhere. It had two attachments: a photo and a plane ticket to Australia. Cooper’s mum wasn’t so keen." 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: books, change, divorce, family, flying, growth, loss, reading, relationships, separation, turbulence

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    A Sweet Business

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Bronwen Wall

    This report explains why and how children at Te Aro School in Wellington set up a money-making honey business. The text has a focus on financial literacy, providing insights into the decisions the students made and the steps they took to make their business a success. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bees, beehives, bee-keeping, budgeting, costs, expenditure, expenses, financial capability, gardening, honey, income, needs, pollination, profit, school, wants, financial capability

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

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    Puawai Cairns: Te Papa Detective

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Whiti Hereaka

    This article describes the work of Puawai Cairns, a curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Puawai believes that as a curator, her job is to tell stories about people: “Each one always begins with a taonga.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: artefacts, change, culture, curator, detection, history, museums, New Zealand Wars, niu, Pai Mārire, past, stories, taonga, Te Papa Tongarewa, tikanga Māori

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • School Journal Level 2 November 2016 cover image.

    School Journal Level 2 November 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:

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    Stories Lost in the Bush  
    Mossie  
    Articles Getting Closer  
    The Polish Refugee Children
    Poem Close-up    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Lost in the Bush

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Serie Barford

    The style of this graphic text will appeal to many students, and the humour will engage their interest. The story concerns an urban school group on a trip to the bush. The children are told the rules of the bush and set off to complete their worksheets.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accidents, action, bush, comics, Department of Conservation, first aid, graphic novel, graphic text, illustrations, leadership, lost, managing self, Pasifika, responsibility, safety, survival, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

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    Mossie

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    by Tira Johnson

    "Riki didn’t want lunch. His puku was feeling weird – all tight and jumpy. It had jumped all the way to school as he walked behind his cousin Tu."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Australia, change, culture, fitting in, games, heritage, immigration, Mossies, rugby, relating to others, school, touch, te reo Māori, tikanga

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Getting Closer

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    by Paul Sorrell

    This article, written from the perspective of a wildlife photographer, will appeal to and engage young readers. The subject matter for his camera – tomtits in the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary – is central to the information about photography.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: birds, birdsong, birdwatching, cameras, conservation, ecosanctuary, endangered species, environment, fieldcraft, kōmiromiro, miromiro, ngirungiru, Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary, photography, species, tomtits

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

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    The Polish Refugee Children

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Ali MacKisack

    This true story of Adelphi Zawada’s grandparents will be engaging for students in year 4, although it is complex and presents some interesting challenges. Adelphi tells how her grandparents, as children, along with over a million other Polish people, were sent to work camps in Russia following the invasion of their country by the USSR during the Second World War.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, community, conflict, culture, family, grandparents, heritage, immigration, Iran, loss, Pahiatua, Persia, Poland, Polish Children’s Camp, refugees, Second World War, separation, survival, traditions, USSR, World War Two

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Close-up

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    by Tim Upperton

    "Bird on a branch.

    Tomtit on a broken twig.

    Male ngirungiru in a makomako tree..."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birds, birdwatching, illustration, ngirungiru, observation, poetry, tomtit

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Fallen Leaves

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    by Paul Mason

    This historical fiction, set in 1845, is told from the point of view of a young Māori protaganist. Haora works in the printery at Kororāreka at the time when war was building between Ngāpuhi chief Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pōkai) and the British troops.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: historical fiction, Hone Heke Pōkai, Kororāreka, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Pompallier mission, Roman Catholic church, station, printing, race relations

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Cancel the Invasion

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by David Larsen

    “Cancel the Invasion” is a funny and original fantasy story. Ash is an alien who has been sent to Earth as an advance scout for a planned invasion. He meets some young humans, and we follow his internal musings as he struggles to understand the complexities of their (English) language.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, books, communication, conflict, fantasy, future, humour, language, lies, misunderstanding, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    A Sweet Business

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Bronwen Wall

    This report explains why and how children at Te Aro School in Wellington set up a money-making honey business. The text has a focus on financial literacy, providing insights into the decisions the students made and the steps they took to make their business a success. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bees, beehives, bee-keeping, budgeting, costs, expenditure, expenses, financial capability, gardening, honey, income, needs, pollination, profit, school, wants, financial capability

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Getting Closer

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Paul Sorrell

    This article, written from the perspective of a wildlife photographer, will appeal to and engage young readers. The subject matter for his camera – tomtits in the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary – is central to the information about photography.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: birds, birdsong, birdwatching, cameras, conservation, ecosanctuary, endangered species, environment, fieldcraft, kōmiromiro, miromiro, ngirungiru, Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary, photography, species, tomtits

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Lost in the Bush

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Serie Barford

    The style of this graphic text will appeal to many students, and the humour will engage their interest. The story concerns an urban school group on a trip to the bush. The children are told the rules of the bush and set off to complete their worksheets.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accidents, action, bush, comics, Department of Conservation, first aid, graphic novel, graphic text, illustrations, leadership, lost, managing self, Pasifika, responsibility, safety, survival, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Polish Refugee Children

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Ali MacKisack

    This true story of Adelphi Zawada’s grandparents will be engaging for students in year 4, although it is complex and presents some interesting challenges. Adelphi tells how her grandparents, as children, along with over a million other Polish people, were sent to work camps in Russia following the invasion of their country by the USSR during the Second World War.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, community, conflict, culture, family, grandparents, heritage, immigration, Iran, loss, Pahiatua, Persia, Poland, Polish Children’s Camp, refugees, Second World War, separation, survival, traditions, USSR, World War Two

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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