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  • Mountain in Antarctica.

    Science on the Ice

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Neil Silverwood

    "Two sets of merino underwear, two fleece jackets, a windbreaker, a puffer jacket, five pairs of gloves, a hat, a balaclava, fleece pants, fleece-lined boots, and lastly – a set of extreme-cold weather gear (called ECWs by those in the know). My kit is issued at Antarctica New Zealand’s Christchurch headquarters, and I’m told to return the following morning at six. I’m to wear my ECWs for the flight south."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Antarctica, biodiversity, climate, core samples, crevasses, data collection, deep-field traverse, global warming, ocean currents, photography, planning, Ross Ice Shelf, scientists, Scott Base

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2016 cover image.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2016

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

        TSM
    Stories By the River  
    The World Will End, Said the Cat
    Fallen Leaves
    Mirror Image  
    Play Dashing Doggies  
    Articles The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai
    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School  
    Poem At the end of the driveway  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2016

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    At the end of the driveway

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    A poem by Tim Upperton, with images by Edith Amituanai

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: change, children, community, growing, imagery, kids, photographs, photography, poetry, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School

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    by Ross Calman

    Two hundred years ago, our first school opened at Rangihoua.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Christianity, colonisation, education, first school, Hongi Hika, missionaries, New Zealand history, Rangihoua, Ruatara, Samuel Marsden, school, te kura tuatahi, Te Pahi, te reo Māori, Thomas Kendall, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

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    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Dashing Doggies

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    by Sarah Delahunty

    It would seem the consultants know best.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: business, cooperation, costs, debt, dog walking, drama, economics, expenses, finance, financial capability, humour, interest, loans, loss, money, parody, plays, profit, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Mirror Image

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    by Julia Randerson

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    Winner of the 2016 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "Rain spat at Meggie as she trudged home through storm-darkened streets. Being mocked at school for opposing the Springbok tour had put her in a black mood."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, apartheid, change, conflict, courage, Elsie Locke writing prize, historical fiction, New Zealand history, protest, racism, rugby, South Africa

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Fallen Leaves

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    by Paul Mason

    This historical fiction, set in 1845, is told from the point of view of a young Māori protaganist. Haora works in the printery at Kororāreka at the time when war was building between Ngāpuhi chief Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pōkai) and the British troops.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: historical fiction, Hone Heke Pōkai, Kororāreka, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Pompallier mission, Roman Catholic church, station, printing, race relations

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The World Will End, Said the Cat

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    by David Larsen

    This is a fantasy story with a serious flavour. The indirect unfolding of the story allows students to make their own way through the text, piecing information together as they go.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accountability, change, choice, decisions, fantasy, future, mystery, parallel universe, responsibility, risk, science fiction, thinking, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    By the River

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    by Sarah Penwarden

    "School camp. Kenzie’s seen the photos from last year. It looks nice: little cabins clustered around a central dining hall; grassy paddocks with giant macrocarpas; picnic tables and a fire pit; a green river, deep and shady, with a slide and a swimming hole."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, camp, challenge, change, confidence, courage, fear, friendship, relationships, school, self-esteem

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Please Don’t Tap the Glass.

    Please Don’t Tap the Glass

    by Rose Lu; illustrations by Ant Sang

    Author Rose Lu moved from Auckland to a much smaller place when she was twelve. Fitting in wasn’t easy, especially given that her new home contained very few Chinese New Zealanders. Suddenly Rose was different from everyone else – an experience she uses to inform her first piece of fiction for the School Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: assertion, bullying, change, Chinese, confrontation, courage, difference, diversity, family, racism, resilience, self-assertion, wellbeing, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • My place cover.

    My Place

    by Janice Marriott

    Jeromie and Jelintha have come to a New Zealand city from rural Papua New Guinea. Ryan lives on a farm that his family has owned for generations. The MacLean family is travelling around the country in a camper van. And Ruiha lives in an outer suburb of Wellington but commutes to school in the city. This text explores what “home” means to all these people. It includes information about their daily routines and the challenges they face. Quotes from interviews pepper the report, and key ideas are highlighted visually.   

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    This Level 2 Connected resource explores themes of first arrivals in Aotearoa New Zealand, the naming of places, journeying by waka across the Pacific, and the cultivation of kūmara. It focuses on changes to the name of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay; on the skills, preparation, and knowledge needed to traverse the Pacific by waka; and on life in a papakāinga in the 1700s.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Tūranganui-a-Rua, Tūranganui-a-Maru, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa e!

    Tūranganui-a-Rua, Tūranganui-a-Maru, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa e!

    by Walton Walker (Ngāti Porou)

    In 2019, Poverty Bay, just outside Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island, officially changed its name to Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay. The change was significant for local iwi, who had long campaigned to return the original name to honour Kiwa, one of the original Polynesian navigators to discover the area, and to better reflect the communities living there. This article explores the rich history behind the names of the area through arrival stories and the recent decision to use a dual name.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: arrival, community, Cook, discovery, East Coast, Gisborne, Horouta, Kiwa, naming, maps, Pawa, petition, Poverty Bay, Tairāwhiti, tangata whenua, tūpuna, voyaging, waka

    In: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Journey of a Waka.

    Journey of a Waka

    This infographic explores how the tūpuna of Māori skilfully and deliberately navigated to Aotearoa New Zealand from East Polynesia over seven hundred years ago. It highlights who was on board the voyaging waka, their roles, how they survived the voyage, how they navigated, and what they brought with them.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: journeys, Māori oral histories, matauranga, migration, navigation, voyaging, waka

    In: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Grow Big.

    Grow Big

    by Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua); illustrations by Josh Morgan

    This story gives readers a vivid picture of daily life in a northern kāinga in Te Ao Tawhito (the old world) around 1770. The story is told through the eyes of a child and is woven with details of traditional kūmara growing methods.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: food, gardening, growing, kai, kūmara, matauranga, Ngāti Wai, Northland, raumati, takurua, tūpuna, whakataukī

    In: Connected 2022 Level 2 – Ki te hoe! | Let’s get going!

    Publication date: October 2022

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  • The Golden Bearing.

    The Golden Bearing

    by Reuben Paterson 

    This beautiful, life-sized golden tree was created by Aotearoa New Zealand artist Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi, Scottish).

    For an introduction to the theme of Junior Journal 64 as well as a list of related texts:

    Series: Junior Journal 64, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: art, artwork, environment, gold, Golden Bearing, image, metaphor, mixed media, Reuben Paterson, symbol, tree

    In: Junior Journal 64, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: November 2022

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  • Squawkzilla.

    Squawkzilla

    Squawkzilla is a giant parrot that lived in New Zealand 19 million years ago. Its bones were dug up in 2008, but it was not correctly identified for another ten years. This article tells the story of Squawkzilla’s discovery. It demonstrates how scientists work and how it is possible to make educated guesses about what life used to look like millions of years ago. It shows that scientific “discoveries” often take time and require careful observation and teamwork.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 2 – Digging Deeper

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 2 – Digging Deeper

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • The Coprolite Hunters.

    The Coprolite Hunters

    by Neil Silverwood

    Photographer Neil Silverwood has documented the work of New Zealand scientists before. This time, they’re hunting for coprolites – fossilised animal faeces. Analysing this “treasure from the past” allows scientists to learn more about our endangered native bird species, including the kinds of habitats that once supported them. This is another useful article about the work scientists do and the many ways in which they continue to learn about our world.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: coprolite, discovery, extinct species, fossil, Haast’s eagle, Kahurangi National Park, moa, natural history, Otago, pouākai, science, scientist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Kia Māia.

    Kia Māia

    by André Ngāpō, illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    Jayson has just arrived in New Zealand to stay with his nan. He is staying at her marae preparing for an unveiling but is feeling out of his depth. With help from his younger cousin, Nikora, Jayson slowly feels his way, learning about tikanga Māori and how he, too, belongs.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, change, family, fitting in, growing, hura kōhatu, learning, Māori, marae, MASAM, teaching, teina, teina-tuakana, tikanga, tuakana, unveiling, whānau, wharenui

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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