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  • The subantarctic islands cover image.

    The Subantarctic Islands

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    This visual text uses words and cartoon-style images to provide information about the five groups of islands that are found between New Zealand and Antarctica. The information is presented in a lively way, organised into sections that tell what and where the islands are, the weather they share, and their flora and fauna. 

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    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, albatrosses, Antarctica, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, cartoon, climate, climate change, endangered species, endemic, environment, fauna, flora, latitude, longitude, Maungahuka, megaherbs, Motu Maha, Moutere Hauriri, Moutere Mahue, native, penguins, pollution, subantarctic, Subantarctic Islands, The Snares, Tini Heke, weather

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • An island in time cover.

    An Island in Time

    by Philippa Werry

    An Island in Time is about Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. The text contains three articles, a timeline, and a glossary (which applies to all three articles). Using the book as a whole (over a series of lessons) provides opportunities for students to make connections across the different text types as well as with their own experiences. The key theme to explore across the three articles is how different people have viewed and used the land and how this has changed over time.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Kauri island.

    Kauri Island

    SJ cover image.

    by Amy Head

    illustrations by Bob Kerr

    A new land – and a new friendship

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: history, trees, kauri, logging, felling, settlers, danger

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Tivaevae cover.

    Tīvaevae

    by Teremoana Hodges

    In this well-illustrated article, we learn about the origins, meanings, and construction of tīvaevae, the beautiful hand-sewn Cook Islands Māori bedspreads. The text provides opportunities for students to be exposed to and engage with the positive values that are associated with the concept of akano‘anga Kūki‘Āirani (Cook Islands culture). These are highlighted through the description of the time, hard work, and skill involved in making tīvaevae and the beauty of the finished product.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Cook Islands Māori, tīvaevae

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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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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  • Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    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: 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: December 2020

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  • John pule cover.

    John Pule - Artist of the Pacific

    level 4 cover image oct2012.

    by Gregory O’Brien

    This article describes the life and work of John Pule, a well-known Pasifika artist and poet. It tells the story of John’s development as an internationally acclaimed artist (from winning an art competition at the age of nine to a life-changing return to Niue over twenty years later). 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: John Pule, Pasifika artist, poet, art competition, Niue

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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  • That's the way.

    That’s the Way

    by Lino Nelisi

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    This dramatic narrative describes Animoe’s exciting experience of achieving her goal of playing in her mother’s kirikiti team. The text draws out the friendly, lively nature of island cricket and of Animoe’s parents’ pride in her performance. It’s available in five Pacific languages in the Tupu series, and audio versions in both English and Niuean are on Tupu CD Two, item 10625. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Take note cover image.

    Take Note

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Antarctica, Aoraki, banknotes, Campbell Island, Campbell Island daisy, change, design, Ernest Rutherford, financial capability, financial literacy, hoiho, images, Kate Sheppard, money, Mount Cook, Reserve Bank, Ross lily, Sir Āpirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Subantarctic Islands, technology, The Queen, tukutuku

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Bird sitting on a beach with plastic.

    The Plastic-free Challenge

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Deanna Ferguson

    When the Room 5 students at Motueka South School saw a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, they were inspired to take action. There’s a lot of media attention on how plastic is polluting the oceans, and it sometimes seems as if the problem is too big to tackle. These students show that it’s possible to make small changes that lead to big results.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Boyan Slat, challenge, citizenship, cooperation, environment, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, inspiration, Motueka South School, Ocean Cleanup, Pacific Ocean, planning, plastic, pollution, recycling, rubbish, sea creatures, social action, sustainability

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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