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  • Dive cover page

    Dive

    by Gina Cole

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Global action cover image.

    Global Action

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Phillip Simpson

    This detailed article looks at the science and politics of climate change. It examines what global warming is, explores how scientists use computer modelling to predict the impact of climate change, and explains how scientific innovations in New Zealand could help reduce our agricultural emissions.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • School journal level 2 november 2017 cover image.

    School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    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 Finders, Keepers    
    The Show Went On  
    Articles Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui
    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Celebrating puanga at ramanui cover image.

    Celebrating Puanga at Ramanui

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Maakere Edwards and Kiwa Hammond

    This article describes how one Taranaki school celebrates the appearance of the star Puanga in the eastern sky – the signal for the start of the Māori New Year. In other parts of Aotearoa, people watch for Matariki, but that constellation is hard to see in the Taranaki region.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astronomer, astronomy, celebrations, constellations, Māori New Year, Matariki, night sky, Orion’s Belt, Pleiades, Puanga, Puanga Kai Rau, Ramanui School, Rigel, school, stars, Taranaki, Tautoru, telescopes, time capsule

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Finders, Keepers

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe found the dinosaur egg in the washing basket in the laundry. He knew straightaway that the egg belonged to a dinosaur. It was too big to belong to a chicken and not round enough for a soccer ball."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dialogue, dinosaur eggs, dinosaurs, fantasy, Gondwana, humour, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Hamish Campbell

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    This engaging article explains what is known about the dinosaurs that once roamed New Zealand. It provides some background information on dinosaurs in general, including the most popular theory about why they became extinct. It also explains that for a long time, people believed no dinosaurs had ever lived in this country. Then it gives details of the dinosaur fossils found in various parts of New Zealand, which proved that idea to be wrong.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ankylosaur, birds, Brendan Hayes, cerapods, dinosaurs, dromaeosaurid, extinction, fossils, Greg Browne, GNS Science, hypsilophodont ornithopod, Jeffrey Stilwell, Joan Wiffen, Mangahouanga Stream, paleontology, reptiles, sauropods, skeletons, terrible lizard, theropods, thyreophorids, titanosaurid

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The Show Went On

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrated by Rachel Smythe

    The story begins with the children of Room 7 dressed as farmyard animals and about to make their entrance in the school production.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: characters, cooperation, costumes, emergency, fire, humour, play, safety, school, school production, shows, stage, working together

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The chess champions of nūhaka cover image.

    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

    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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  • Seals cover image.

    Seals

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

     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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  • Grey angels cover.

    Grey Angels

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Anna Rogers

    Although students will be aware of the role soldiers play in wartime, few will know about the role of nurses. This article describes the work
    of New Zealand nurses who travelled to Africa and Europe during the First World War. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, nurses, hospital ships, Somme, Edna Pengelly, Gallipoli, soldiers, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Fantail fantail.

    Fantail, Fantail

    by Margaret Mahy

    drawings by Bruce Phillips

    This very “New Zealand” text is written as a conversation between a fantail and an unidentified person, and it informs the reader about the food that Fantail prefers. The companion text Old Tuatara ends with the same climax – the demise of an unwitting fly.

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • A friend for mateo.

    A Friend for Mateo

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    Mateo has just moved to New Zealand from Sāmoa. At the park, while Mateo watches the children riding their scooters, a boy (Zane) stops to say “hello” and offer Mateo a turn on his scooter. Afterwards, Mateo invites Zane to lunch with him and his mum. 

    Yellow 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Llamas

    Llamas

    by Fiona Terry 

    Cover image.

    In this information text, Fiona and her children visit a llama farm and go on a llama trek. Fiona shares what they learnt about llamas, including where they come from and why they are farmed in New Zealand.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, farming, lifestyle blocks, llamas, South America, treks

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Blue eggs.

    Blue Eggs

    by John Dekker

    This report describes the life cycle of a song thrush, how the song thrush came to New Zealand, and why some people consider this bird to be a problem.
    This text provides opportunities for students to find and summarise information and to consider different points of view. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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