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  • School Journal Level 4 June 2023.

    School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    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:

        Audio TSM
    Articles Valley of the Whales  ✔  ✔
    Silk Robes and Big Hats    
    Stories Pākehā Tapu Day  ✔  
    Paper Tiger    
    The Stunt Man and the Geologist    
    Poem Tokotoko    
    Student writing Keith    
    Essay Beyond Imagination

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Valley of the Whales.

    Valley of the Whales

    by Bill Morris

    The Valley of the Whales in North Otago tells the story of the evolution of whales in the Southern Ocean. In the foothills of the valley, thousands of hectares of limestone contain an impressive number of marine fossils formed over millions of years.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Antarctic Circumpolar Current, baleen, dolphins, Duntroon, evolution, fossils, history, krill, limestone, Maerewhenua River, Otago, palaeontology, penguins, plankton, quarry, scientists, Southern Ocean, species, whales

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Silk Robes and Big Hats.

    Silk Robes and Big Hats

    by Sarah Natalie Webster

    This article explores the work of multi-disciplinary artist Sam Duckor-Jones. “Sam’s work asks us to imagine a pinker, joyful, more inclusive world – one where we’re all free to put on silk robes and big hats and be absolutely, unapologetically ourselves.”

    For information about inclusion and diversity, see Relationships and Sexuality Education: A guide for Teachers, Leaders, and Boards of Trustees

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: art, artist, creativity, gay pride, identity, inclusion, LGBTQI+, poetry, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Pākehā Tapu Day.

    Pākehā Tapu Day

    by J. Wiremu Kane; illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This historical story is based on a true story. In 1828, English artist Augustus Earle was living in Kororāreka under the protection of the rangatira Uruti Te Whareumu, who was also known as King George. Te Whareumu had good relationships with European traders and missionaries and welcomed all Pākehā to live on his beach.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: 1820s, Augustus Earle, history, Kororāreka, rangatira, relationships, siblings, tapu, te ao Māori, tikanga, Uruti Te Whareumu

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Paper Tiger.

    Paper Tiger

    by Rose Lu; illustrations by Dede Putra

    When Claire visits her mother’s family in China, tensions rise between her mum and her grandmother and aunties when she finds a present the sisters received when they were children.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: China, family, history, relationships, sibling rivalry, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    The Stunt Man and the Geologist.

    The Stunt Man and the Geologist

    by Eamonn Marra; illustrations by Ant Sang

    Joseph goes along with his brother Toby’s stories and bullying of the other boys at the campground. “I knew he was exaggerating, but if I agreed, it made me the second coolest kid there.” When a new boy arrives with his family, Joseph has to decide whether to spend time with him or Toby’s gang.

    See the Mental Health Education guide for information about promoting a culture of inclusivity and encouraging ākonga to challenge bullying.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: bullying, camping, family, geology, gold panning, holidays, mountain biking, relationships, siblings, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Tokotoko.

    Tokotoko

    by Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall; illustration by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

    This poem uses tokotoko to express ideas of whakapapa, tūpuna, family history, and belonging.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: belonging, family, history, Papatūānuku, Ranginui, te ao Māori, tikanga, tūpuna, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Keith.

    Keith

    by Lee McColl

    A student describes the life of her determined and tenacious great-grandfather, who lost his arm in an accident and was an amateur photographer, a builder, a passionate whitebaiter, and a poet.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Topics: family history, photography

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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    Beyond Imagination.

    Beyond Imagination

    by Veronika Meduna

    The author recounts her visits to Antarctica. “I learnt that far from being separate and never-changing, Antarctica connects us. It drives global weather patterns and ocean currents, and in a warming world, it’s changing faster than most places on Earth.”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: Antarctica, Captain Robert Scott, climate change, endangered species, environment, geology, glaciers, greenhouse gases, history, ice sheets, ice shelves, scientists, Scott Base, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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  • Fact or Opinion?

    Fact or Opinion?

    by Sarah Johnson

    This article explores the difference between fact and opinion. It includes a simple report that uses facts, data, and sources. It discusses the grey areas between fact and opinion and that people’s opinions can be based on bias. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2023

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bias, communication, evidence, facts, information, opinions, research, sources

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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  • Marine Reserves.

    Marine Reserves: Protecting Our Big Blue Backyard

    by Laura Goodall; illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the most unique marine environments in the world. This article explores our marine habitats and reserves and the challenges they face to stay safe, healthy, and biodiverse.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2023

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: biodiversity, climate change, environment, fish, habitats, kaimoana, kaitiakitanga, mahinga mātaitai, marine species, ocean, overfishing, pollution, protection, scientists, sea, shellfish

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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  • Valley of the Whales.

    Valley of the Whales

    by Bill Morris

    The Valley of the Whales in North Otago tells the story of the evolution of whales in the Southern Ocean. In the foothills of the valley, thousands of hectares of limestone contain an impressive number of marine fossils formed over millions of years.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Antarctic Circumpolar Current, baleen, dolphins, Duntroon, evolution, fossils, history, krill, limestone, Maerewhenua River, Otago, palaeontology, penguins, plankton, quarry, scientists, Southern Ocean, species, whales

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2023

    Publication date: June 2023

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  • Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023.

    Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the Junior Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    Articles Moving Your Body
    Moving with Technology  
    Moving Pictures
    Activity Make a Moving Puppet    
    Poem Bouncing the Beat
    Story Super Huhu  

    For an introduction to the theme of Junior Journal 65 (Exploring movement) as well as a list of related texts:

    Series: Junior Journal & CHAPTERS

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Moving Your Body.

    Moving Your Body

    by Naomi Arnold 

    A report with information about bones and muscles and how they help the human body to move. This text can be used as an introduction to the topic of movement. 

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: accidents, body, bones, cast, fracture, health, human body, joints, ligaments, limbs, movement, muscles, physiotherapist, physiotherapy, skeleton, tendons, x-ray

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Moving with Technology.

    Moving with Technology

    by Naomi Arnold

    A report about tools that assist humans in tasks associated with movement.

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: body, digger, human body, machine, movement, prosthetic, robotics, technology, tongs, tools, tweezers

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Moving Pictures.

    Moving Pictures

    by Ant Sang

    An explanation by illustrator Ant Sang about how he conveys movement in his illustrations.

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: animation, Ant Sang, art, body, cartoons, comics, drawing, human body, illustration, movement

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Make a Moving Puppet.

    Make a Moving Puppet

    by Fifi Colston

    Instructions showing how to use split-pin paper fasteners to make a puppet with movable limbs.

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: art, instructions, movement, procedural text, puppet, technology

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Bouncing the Beat.

    Bouncing the Beat

    by Serie Barford; illustration by Phillip Paea

    A poem conveying the lively movement of the Samoan sāsā dance.

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: actions, beat, cultural heritage, dance, movement, onomatopoeia, personification, poetry, repetition, rhythm, Sāmoa, sāsā, similes

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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    Super Huhu.

    Super Huhu

    by Sarah Johnson; illustrations by Scott Pearson

    A fantasy story about five friends who have suddenly acquired superpowers and how they work together to get rid of a giant huhu grub they have accidentally created.

    Series: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: See introductory TSM – Exploring movement

    Topics: fantasy, hero, humour, huhu, movement, narrative, superhero, superpowers

    In: Junior Journal 65, Level 2, 2023

    Publication date: July 2023

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  • Get to the Vet cover image

    A Midnight Roam

    Kiwi is hungry! But she isn't having any luck catching something to eat. Frog and Ruru give her hints for finding kai.

    Focus sounds: Prefixes mid- un-

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Curriculum level: 1

    Phase: Rākau | Tree

    Scope: Contractions, Syllable types, Complex morphemes

    Publication date: July 2023

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  • Is that an earthquake.

    Is That an Earthquake?

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    A young boy wonders anxiously whether the movements and noises around his home could be an earthquake, and then, suddenly an earthquake does happen. The story incorporates a recount and an explanation and is told entirely through dialogue. There are safety instructions inside the back cover.

    This title is also available as an e-book with NZ Sign Language vocabulary on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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