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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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  • Our Blue Planet.

    Our Blue Planet

    by Bronwen Wall

    Water is the basis of life on Earth. It’s everywhere, and it’s familiar to all students. However, many students will not be aware of how water changes form. The text provides an introduction to this aspect of chemistry and introduces aspects of the water cycle, which they will explore further when they are working at level 3 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, condensation, environment, evaporation, forms, freezing, gas, groundwater, ice, liquid, living things, shortages, snow, solid, water, water cycle, water droplets, water vapour

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    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 Boot Camp  
    Hurly Burly
    Across the Sea  
    Screenplay The Game  
    Memoir An East German Childhood  
    Articles Puaki
    Chinese New Zealanders

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Across the Sea.

    Across the Sea

    by Hone Rata

    Ihaka’s first journey across the sea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, climate change, environment, fantasy, future, generations, journey, kaiwhakatere, navigation, post-apocalyptic, resources, responsibility, sailing, science fiction, tangata whenua, tīpuna, trade, tūrangawaewae, waka, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    An East German Childhood.

    An East German Childhood

    by Uli Hartung as told to Lucy Corry

    Uli Hartung was seventeen years old and living in East Germany when the Berlin Wall came down.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Berlin, Berlin Wall, change, childhood, citizenship, civil rights, Cold War, defectors, East Germany, freedom, Germany, identity, Lenin, Marx, Nazis, propaganda, protesters, refugees, Second World War, secret police, social action, socialism, Socialist Unity Party, Soviet Union, Stasi, West Berlin, West Germany, Young Pioneers

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp

    by Shanna Fa‘aita, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Liyah has never seen Uncle Joey this happy.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, argument, attitude, boot camp, challenge, change, choice, community, decision, emotions, family, feelings, gangs, gym, identity, relationships, responsibility, self-worth, values, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Hurly Burly.

    Hurly Burly

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    “Hurly Burly” is a spooky morality tale set in the New Zealand gold rush and based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. John Macbeth is returning to camp when he sees three wild and withered creatures stirring a foul stew and incanting “double, double, toil, and trouble”. The unearthly creatures prophesise his future riches. When John returns to the camp, his brother Duncan announces that he has struck gold and asks John to head into town to register his claim. The story takes a dark turn when John’s wife Sarah encourages him to murder his brother and take the claim as his own.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adaptation, ambition, claim, courage, downfall, drama, family, gold, greatness, greed, history, jealousy, Macbeth, power, prophecy, reason, riches, Shakespeare, tragedy, trust, truth, witches

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Puaki.

    Puaki

    based on work by Michael Bradley

    Tā moko is the art and practice of traditional Māori tattoo, a taonga that almost disappeared as a result of colonisation. Puaki means “to come forth, to reveal, to give testimony”. Photographer Michael Bradley used this concept as the basis of a project exploring ways that tā moko has been both visible and invisible across the generations. In this article based on his project, four people explain why they proudly wear tā moko and how their facial moko connect the past with the present. The story is complemented by stunning portraits of each storyteller.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, artists, artwork, blessing, change, colonisation, culture, decision-making, designs, full-facial moko, haehae, heritage, identity, interview, Māori, mana, moko kauae, photography, puaki, puhoro, ritual, tangata whenua, tā moko, taonga, tattoo, tikanga Māori, tradition, wairua, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Game.

    The Game

    Screenplay by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Toby Morris

    An argument about which TV show to watch quickly turns into something else.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, activist, All Black, apartheid, attitudes, boycott, challenges, change, choice, conflict, diversity, HART, history, law and order, laws, Nelson Mandela, opinion, police, politics, protest, racism, rugby, screenplay, South Africa, sport, Springboks, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Bird of the Year cover

    Bird of the Year

    by Iona McNaughton

    In this interview, Megan Hubscher of Forest & Bird talks to Iona McNaughton about the Bird of the Year competition – why it started and how it helps keep New Zealand native birds safe. Students can read about some of the past winners of the competition in an accompanying article, “And the Winner Is ...”

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Bird of the Year, birds, black robin, climate change, competition, endangered, endemic, environment, extinct, fairy tern, Forest & Bird, habitat, interview, kakaruia, Kiwi Conservation Club, native birds, predators, tara iti, voting, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2019.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    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
    Articles Wētā  
    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse
    Poem Ika a Whiro     
    Stories Stealing Maru  
    Max and Alice  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Wētā.

    Wētā

    by Philippa Werry

    Many people are scared of wētā. They are big and covered in spikes, they hide in dark places, and they can sometimes jump. You might find one in the garden or in a piece of old wood. There could be one hiding in your letterbox – or even in your shoe!

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, cave life, cave wētā, endangered, environment, giant wētā, ground wētā, habitat, insects, moulting, nocturnal, predator, tree wētā, tusked wētā, wētā

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Ika a Whiro.

    Ika a Whiro

    by Kelly Joseph

    Under a moonless sky, two armoured warriors creep from tree burrows, long antennae sensing a challenger nearby.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, battle, combat, environment, habitat, insects, language, nocturnal, poem, poetry, Tāne, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, verse, wētā, Whiro

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Stealing Maru.

    Stealing Maru

    by Maria Samuela; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Long ago, when the world still believed in magic, there was a majestic maunga, or mountain, on the island of Rarotonga. The maunga was called Maru, which means shade. The maunga stood over the village of Puaikura like a giant guardian.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: Aitutaki, Arorangi, bravery, cleverness, Cook Islands, jealousy, legend, Maru, maunga, Maunga Pu, mountains, myth, Pacific, Pasifika, Puaikura, Raemaru, Rarotonga, traditional stories, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • People playing sport in a field.

    School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    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 Suckered  
    Dangerous Games
    Little Fisherman  
    Poems Kilikiti  
    Articles Fly Me Up
    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand
    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Octopus.

    Suckered

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    "Jason had issues with Maia. She was smart – as smart as him, which was part of the problem. But mostly, it was the way she was smart. Jason hated her fake look of surprise whenever she beat him. And he hated the smug little smile that always came after, the one only he saw. Maia thought she was better than everyone at everything. Well, not today."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: competition, evaluating evidence, fact checking, hoax, humour, information, internet, participating and contributing, quizzes, relating to others, school, sources, teamwork, thinking, tree octopus, websites

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Art exhibition.

    Fly Me Up

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Catharina van Bohemen

    “Fly Me Up” explores the artworks of Tiffany Singh, an artist who works with communities to create large, colourful installations that draw attention to social issues. Tiffany has Indian and Samoan ancestry, and her artworks are influenced by her personal explorations of identity, culture, and spirituality. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Auckland, citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, flags, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, heritage, hopes, ideals, ideas, India, installations, making a difference, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, service, social issues, social-practice artists, Tiffany Singh

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    People playing sports.

    Kilikiti

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Then there’s kilikiti. Kee-lee-kee-tee (perfect – top marks this time). Have a guess. What could it mean? Ummm ... Kittycat? Kilometre? Kitchenette? Nope! Try cricket (the game, not the grasshopper)."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, community, cricket, culture, humour, identity, kilikiti, language, Pacific, poetry, pronunciation, phonetics, rhyme, Sāmoa, sport, transliteration

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Person watching tv.

    Dangerous Games

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    After successfully capturing Mirtha Dare-Sweetly in “Who Froze Farrell Flint?” (School Journal, Level 3, May 2017), super-sleuth kid-detective Minnie Sharp is back on the trail. In “Dangerous Games”, a masked protester has interrupted a television broadcast and a bodyguard is in critical care after being poisoned with a strange new bacteria. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, crime noir, deduction, detectives, environment, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, Minnie Sharp, mystery, science fiction, sequels, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    People using sign language.

    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Renata Hopkins

    This article explores how attitudes to deafness have changed over time. The article includes a social history of the van Asch Deaf Education centre, which opened in 1880.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, cochlear implants, culturally Deaf, Deaf, deaf education, education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, identity, New Zealand, Sign Language, oralism, Relay, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, technology, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Person lying on a bed.

    Little Fisherman

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Caroline della Porta

    "It isn’t that Haylee hates them. She just likes it better when they’re not there: Tom and Tyler, Dayne’s boys. They’re not exactly her stepbrothers, but close enough."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, blended families, challenge, change, family, fishing, gender, holidays, relationships, siblings, stepbrothers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Jen Batten in a plane.

    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bronwen Wall

    In New Zealand, an eighteen-year-old named Jean Batten had a dream. She wanted to become the first woman to fly alone from England to New Zealand. So in 1930, the year she turned twenty, Jean travelled to England to learn how to fly.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: achievement, aeroplanes, aviation, courage, determination, epic journeys, exploration, famous New Zealanders, flying, goals, Gipsy Moth, heroine, Hine-o-te-Rangi, history, inspiration, Jean Batten, Percival Gull, pilots, records, resilience

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Border security cover image.

    What is Biosecurity

    by Andrew and Anna Dickson

    This article introduces the concept of biosecurity and explains how, as a group of isolated islands, New Zealand developed a unique range of ecosystems. The arrival of plants or animals from other countries could be disastrous for our environment. Therefore, our borders are constantly monitored by biosecurity agencies to protect our environment, agriculture, and our health.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

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

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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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. 

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    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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  • Explorers of the sunrise cover.

    Explorers of the Sunrise

    by Jeff Evans and Damon Salesa 

    Polynesians have travelled vast distances in canoes for more than three thousand years, resulting in many settlements across the Pacific.
    In “Explorers of the Sunrise”, the first article recounts a recent voyage from New Zealand to Rapanui and back, using traditional navigation
    methods. The second article describes Polynesian travel, from the earliest migrations to modern-day air travel.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Bat that walks on ground cover.

    The Bat That Walks on the Ground

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by Marlene Bennetts

    Who knew that a bat could scuttle across on the ground like a mouse? This short article explains that, like the kiwi, bats didn’t need to escape predators before people arrived in New Zealand. The lesser short-tailed bats are able to fly, but they are in danger because of their reduced habitat and the introduction of predators. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Bat Detective” Connected 1 2002 | “Bat Maths” Connected 1 2002

    Topics: conservation, living things, science, bats

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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