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  • Spirit of the bird cover.

    Spirit of the Bird

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Ben Brown

    illustrations by Tom Simpson

    The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cave drawings, conservation, dreaming, environment, extinction, first people, Māori, moa, moa hunters, subsistence, tīpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Thirst cover.

    Thirst

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    In a realistic story set in the not-too-distant future, Paul Mason conveys a message that has increasing relevance today. The plot involves a family that cannot afford to buy water during a severe drought. Through implication, it appears that a single company owns the water and employs the parents of the family. When their neighbours receive a delivery of water, Ryder decides to take matters into his own hands. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, futuristic, post- apocalypse, science fiction, speculative fiction, survival, water

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Rāhui.

    Rāhui

    by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bans, birthday, conservation, environment, family, gardening, MASAM, patience, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, rāhui, responsibility, rewards, siblings, strawberries, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Book cover.

    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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  • Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Seashells.

    Seashells

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    “Seashells” provides information about the shells that can be found on New Zealand beaches. It includes intriguing facts and photographs. This article is linked to two other pieces in this journal: “Super Shells”, which describes some ways that people use shells, and “Beach Buddy”, a craft activity.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, beach, bivalve, camouflage, conservation, environment, Hamish Spencer, mollusc, nacre, oyster, pāua, pearl, sea, seashell, shell, shellfish, tide

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • The zoo debate cover image.

    The Zoo Debate

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philippa Werry

    This article presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos? It includes a short history of zoos and some suggestions for alternatives. It also includes lists of valid points for and against zoos.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal rights, animals, change, conservation, debate, elephants, endangered species, environment, habitats, reserves, safari parks, sanctuaries, wild animals, wildlife, zoos

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Underground explorers

    Underground Explorers

    article by Stephanie Chamberlin

    photographs by Neil Silverwood

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    “To most of us, the caving trips of Marcus Thomas sound like crazy endurance tests.”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: alpine caving, Bulmer Cavern, caving, conservation, environment, explorers, geology, Kahurangi National Park, limestone, Mount Owen, personal challenge, underground rivers, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin.

    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin

    by Ingrid N. Visser

    This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: conservation, documenting, dolphin, endangered, environment, kākahi, killer whale, maki, marine animal, ocean, orca, Orcinus orca, research, science, sea life, stranding

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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