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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Making Scents.

    Making Scents

    This article follows a class project that students conducted after their teacher challenged them to find out how the smell gets into a scented candle. In the process, they learned about distillation, states of matter, and what it takes to become scientists and technologists.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 2 – Digging Deeper

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2020 Level 2 – Digging Deeper

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Te Tapa Ingoa.

    Te Tapa Ingoa

    This article explores how early Māori went about naming and grouping the plants and animals they found around them. It explains what this process reveals about Māori ways of viewing the world and the framework provided by whakapapa. It prompts comparisons with the Linnaean system for naming and grouping organisms and describes an example of Māori and Pākehā working together and drawing on knowledge from both systems.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Trees, Seas, and Soil.

    Trees, Seas, and Soil

    This article examines how different processes combine to affect the balance of carbon in the atmosphere. It explains that the increased level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is having a huge effect on climate – an effect that can be reduced, as carbon is finite. Carbon sinks, in the form of forests, the ocean, and soils, could help to balance the carbon levels in the atmosphere. However, each form has its own complications. The article concludes that human use of fossil fuels needs to be reduced to protect the carbon sinks around us.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Raʻui: Giving It Back to the Gods.

    Raʻui: Giving It Back to the Gods

    This article explores a scientific issue from a Pacific worldview. It describes how the people of the Cook Islands have attempted to manage and protect their marine resources with the tradition of ra‘ui. The article highlights the very real issues that make success difficult and the diversity and validity of different people’s perspectives on ra‘ui.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Life in Aotearoa New Zealand

    This article describes the evolutionary development of life in Aotearoa New Zealand and addresses the question of why our flora and fauna are so distinct. It introduces and explains the concepts of evolution and adaptation and offers a brief overview of how the land itself changed over many millions of years.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Wildfire.

    Wildfire

    The article explores wildfires. It looks at what they are, what causes them, how they affect us, and how they are affected by the climate. In the process, it gives scientific explanations of some big ideas and processes, including climate change, carbon sinks, deforestation, adaptation, and feedback loops. The article ends by suggesting ways we can work together to reduce the risk of wildfires.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars.

    Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars

    This article describes the development of pā technology in the nineteenth century, as iwi and hapū defended themselves and their land against invasion. It explains how the basic features of pā technology were adapted in response to invasion by Pākehā – utilising the rich knowledge Māori held about their land.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

    Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

    This article explains the formation of Foulden Maar, the remains of an ancient lake formed by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. As layers of silica-rich mud built up over thousands of years, it provided perfect conditions for fossilising the remains of plants and animals that fell to the bottom of the lake. However, the silica also has commercial value. The article explores the perspectives of a range of stakeholders who have different opinions about the future of the maar. It prompts critical thinking and finishes with a call to social action.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Fostering Felines.

    Fostering Felines

    This article demonstrates how students at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate School designed a technological device to solve a community problem – how to care for the thousands of newborn kittens handed in to the SPCA each year. It encourages the reader to consider the issues, giving a model for how the same process could be applied to other problems.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Reading Comics TSM

    Reading Comics Teacher Support Material

    There are many different genres of comics, including slice-of-life, humorous, non-fiction, historical, science fiction, and of course, superheroes. This teacher support material (TSM) unpacks the conventions, metalanguage, and visual and written language features of comics to support teachers in their use of comics for literacy instruction.

    Series: School Journal

    Related titles: Rua and Te Manu, JJ 61, Shipwrecked, SJL2 Oct 2013, Sky-High, SJL4 June 2014, Miri and Raru, SJL3 Oct 2015, Comic Man, SJL4 Oct 2015, Superhero Secrets, SJL3 August 2016, The Subantarctic Islands, SJL3 Aug 2017, Lost in the Bush, SJL2 Nov 2016, My Name is Rez, SJL3 Nov 2017, Something Alive, SJL4 June 2018, Speechless, SJL3 May 2019, The Bullet, L4 2011, The Bittern, SJSL L3 2012, Blue Roses, SJSL L4 2012, Frogs, SJSL L4 2013, In the End, SJSL L4 2014, Bok Choy, SJSL L3 2015, Wind Chimes, SJSL L4 2017, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, SJSL L4 2018, Once a Panther, SJSL L4 2019, Keeping Our Stories Alive, SJSL L3 2020, Betty Batham: Biologist, Connected L3 2019, Shifting Views

    Publication date: February 2021

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