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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • The leather satchel cover.

    The Leather Satchel

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Emma Martin

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Depression (the), education, envy, family, poverty, responsibility, school, siblings, 1930s

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Boost cover.

    Boost

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Eirlys Hunter

    illustrations by Thomas Hsieh

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fads, fashion, future, humour, science fiction, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • No rhyme cover.

    No Rhyme

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Tim Upperton

    illustration by Kieran Rynhart

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: language, poetry, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Clowning around cover.

    Clowning Around

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Wayne Erb

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: clowning, clowns, doctor, emergency, health, hospital, humour, illness, immune system, medicine, Starship, stress

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Tivaevae cover.

    Tīvaevae

    by Teremoana Hodges

    In this well-illustrated article, we learn about the origins, meanings, and construction of tīvaevae, the beautiful hand-sewn Cook Islands Māori bedspreads. The text provides opportunities for students to be exposed to and engage with the positive values that are associated with the concept of akano‘anga Kūki‘Āirani (Cook Islands culture). These are highlighted through the description of the time, hard work, and skill involved in making tīvaevae and the beauty of the finished product.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Cook Islands Māori, tīvaevae

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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  • Parapara detectives cover.

    The Parapara Detectives

    L3 cover image oct2013.

    by Fiona Terry

    Two friends are puzzled when they find dead and injured fantails in a local reserve. The article follows their detective work as they try to find out what is causing the deaths of the small birds. Using information from a plant expert, the Internet, and the SPCA’s bird rescue centre, they learn how the parapara tree uses sticky glue to spread its seeds – and kill birds. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fantails, reserves, birds, plants SPCA rescue, seeds

    In: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • The hungry wave cover.

    The Hungry Wave

    L3 cover image feb2012.

    by Lani Wendt Young

    This narrative is based on factual accounts from survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Tonga and Sāmoa in 2009. Readers follow Ana and her brother as they are caught up in the tsunami. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: survivors, earthquakes, tsunami, Tonga, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Problem with pluto cover.

    The Problem with Pluto

    L3 cover image feb2012.

    by David Hill

    This article recounts how Pluto was discovered and named as a planet in 1930 but in 2006 had its status as a planet removed. It conveys information in a conversational tone to engage its readers. They will learn about the planets, asteroids, and stars as well as about the people involved in discovering Pluto and those who downgraded its status. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Pluto, planets, asteroids, stars

    In: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Just like everyone else cover.

    Just Like Everyone Else

    L3 cover image april2012.

    by Iona McNaughton

    Zoe is just like everyone else in her class – because her classmates have learned to use sign language.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Publication date: April 2012

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  • The butterfly effect cover.

    The Butterfly Effect

    L3 cover image april2012.

    by Stephanie Matuku

    Henry and Emily’s parents are going away for the weekend, and the dreaded neighbour, Mrs Anderson, is coming to look after them. In this humorous fantasy story, Henry and Emily find she is just as awful as they feared, but they come up with a plan to get rid of her for good.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: neighbour, humorous, fantasy, story, plan

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Publication date: April 2012

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