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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:

        TSM Audio
    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

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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

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    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

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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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  • 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:

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    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

    Publication date: 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

    Publication date: 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

    Publication date: 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

    Publication date: 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

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    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

    Publication date: 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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    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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    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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    School Journal Level 2 August 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:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Queen of the Board  
    Poems Becoming Toroa    
    Plays Good as Gold  
    Articles Seals
    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Becoming Toroa

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    by Greg O’Connell

    A poem

    "We are driving down the twists and turns of Carsick Road."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: albatross, carsickness, driving, ocean, poetry, toroa, visualising

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Good as Gold

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     by James O’Sullivan

    Illustrations by Yunie Lee

    This play combines sci-fi with humour and provides students with an opportunity to read, enjoy, and perform. A number of abstract financial capability concepts are embedded in the story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banking, bartering, borrowing, financial capability, humour, interest rates, lending, percentages, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Queen of the Board

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    by Anahera Gildea

    Illustrations by Taeri Christopherson

    "My sister Tiana won the school chess championship, and ever since, it’s like she thinks she’s Genesis Potini or something."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: board games, challenge, chess, competition, imagination, mentoring, sibling rivalry, sisters, strategy, tuakana-teina relationship

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Seals

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     by Susan Brocker

    This article presents information about seals in an engaging way. Students can find out about the ways seals are adapted for living on land and sea, the various species found around New Zealand, and how they raise their pups.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, elephant seals, endangered species, environment, fur seals, leopard seals, rookeries, sea lions, sealers, seals, species

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka

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    by Kiwa Hammond

    Nūhaka School took out the title of “Most Successful School” in the Hawke’s Bay junior chess championship last year. The interest in chess at the school was sparked by a workshop given by Genesis Potini (subject of the New Zealand film The Dark Horse) several years ago.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: board games, chess, chess notation, concentration, Genesis Potini, Gisborne, inspiration, Nūhaka, teamwork, The Dark Horse, tournaments

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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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) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    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 4 May 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:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka  
    MeMe and Me    
    Man and Sea    
    Poems Surge    
    Plays Waiting for Toni  
    Articles Captain Cook Charting Our Islands  
    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This story, set at Parihaka just prior to the government raid in 1881, is told from the perspective of a young girl who was living there. The author’s great-grandmother was living at Parihaka at that time, and the story is partially based on oral history.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cicadas, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngā Tātarakihi, Parihaka, passive resistance, Taranaki, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Waiting for Toni

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This play is a parody of Waiting for Godot, the classic play by Samuel Beckett in which, famously, nothing happens. In addition to being performed by a group of students, all plays are literacy texts and can be used to explore ideas, language, and dialogue.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acting, drama, humour, language, oral language, performance, play, theatre of the absurd

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    MeMe and Me

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    Life with a new phone spins out of control.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, fantasy, friendship, horror, smartphones, technology, texting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Man and Sea

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    What are the marks of Tataua – and what does it mean to receive them?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: courage, family, leadership, Pasifika, responsibility, rites of passage, Sāmoa, Tataua, tattooing, traditional stories, Uliuli

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich

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    by Stephanie Chamberlin

    One boy's journey and what he learnt along the way.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: ADHD, adventure, Brando Yelavich, change, communication, courage, foraging, isolation, journeys, New Zealand, outdoors, personal identity, rites of passage, self-discovery, survival, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

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    Surge

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    by Jenny Bornholdt

    A poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: coastline, exploration, Jenny Bornholdt, nature, ocean, outdoors, poetry, sea, shore

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    School Journal Level 3 May 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:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Māui  
    The Duel The Inventors Awaken  
    Six    
    The Healers’ Apprentice    
    Poems No Sun    
    Articles The Past Beneath Our Fee  
    Seed Savers    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Māui

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    The narrator and his sister are on a fishing trip with Dad, but the outing is overshadowed by the fact that their mother is at home with an unspecified illness.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

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    Topics: endangered species, family, fishing, grief, illness, Māui, Māui dolphins, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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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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    The Past Beneath Our Feet

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    This is a profile of Māori archaeologist Atholl Anderson, which looks at his work, the methods he uses, and the importance of his field. It includes text boxes and quotes that contextualise his work (for example, explaining who the first ancestors were, where they came from, and what their society was like).

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Atholl Anderson, archaeology, artefacts, carbon, DNA, first people, genetics, Māori, middens, migration, Ngāi Tahu, palaeontology, radiocarbon dating, Wairau Bar

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Six

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    Friends can be complicated. So can birthday parties.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, change, friendship, group dynamics, growing up, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    The Healers’ Apprentice

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    “Today she would learn if she would become the apprentice.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apprenticeship, fairy tales, fantasy, healing, making choices, natural remedies, quests, trials

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Seed Savers

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    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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    No Sun

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    "One day, the sun ran out."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, climate change, humour, ice age, poetry, Rotorua, sun

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    School Journal Level 2 May 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:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Awarua The Taniwha of Porirua
    My Name Is Davy Lowston
    Poem Te Marama    
    Articles Night Light  
    Tunç Tezel: Star Man    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Awarua The Taniwha of Porirua

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    by Wiremu Grace

    Illustrations by Lee Watt

    Rereroa the albatross teaches her friend Awarua, the taniwha, how to fly. In the process, Awarua creates some of the geographical features around the Porirua area, such as the flat top of Mana Island, which was caused when she crash-landed on top of the island, and the valley in Whitireia. The story explores the tuakana–teina relationship of an expert teaching a novice.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Awarua, landforms, legends, Mana Island, myths, Porirua, Rereroa, taniwha, traditional stories, Whitireia

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    Publication date: May 2016

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    My Name Is Davy Lowston

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    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Spike Wademan 

    This text is a fictionalised recount. Davy Lowston was among a group of sealers set down on the Open Bay Islands (off the west coast of the South Island) in 1810. The ship that was to pick them up sank in a storm, and the men were marooned for four years. Their story is the basis of one of the earliest folk songs in New Zealand.

    Listen to the song of Davy Lowston:

    My Name is Davy Lowston - Song (MP3, 6 MB)

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: castaways, folk songs, New Zealand history, sealers, seals, shipwrecked, survival, whalers

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Night Light

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    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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    Tunç Tezel: Star Man

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    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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    Te Marama

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    "Tonight I can't sleep."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: koro, marama, moon, poetry, te reo Māori

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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