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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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    Richard Owen’s Giant Mystery

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Quinn Berentson

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    Richard Owen was a British scientist of the early nineteenth century, most famous for his identification and naming of dinosaurs. This article reports on the role he played in unravelling the mystery of the moa and in identifying it as the largest bird ever known to humans. The nature of scientific endeavour is conveyed well, from the initial presentation of a bone fragment and through the research needed to have a new species recognised. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal anatomy, conservation, environment, extinction, moa, paleontology, Richard Owen, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Nga Mahi a te Rehia Maori Games

    L3 cover image april2013.

    by Ross Calman

    “In early Māori society, games were played by everyone …” This report describes eight traditional Māori games and lists several more. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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    The River

    L3 cover image april2013.

    by Paul Mason

    Leo has travelled from New Zealand to visit his father, who has a houseboat in England. Leo and his dad touch briefly on memories of earlier visits to England, when the family was still together and living in New Zealand. The river has changed since the earlier visit, polluted by a factory upstream. Leo’s desire to see the selkie he saw previously causes him to fall into the dirty river. Leo finds that to save himself, he has to “stop fighting the river”, and students may hypothesise that this realisation could help him deal with the changes in his life.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: changes, houseboat, river

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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    Kahawai

    L3 cover image oct2013.

    by Paul Mason

    “Kahawai” is set in an unfamiliar time and place (a much-changed Auckland in a not-so-distant future), but it conveys familiar ideas about sustainability, selflessness for the greater good, and cooperation in times of hardship. Āreta, and her grandmother, Trish, go fishing on a filthy sea and make a surprising catch. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fishing, expedition, hardships, sacrifice, community good

    In: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Robot challenge cover.

    Robot Challenge

    L3 cover image oct2013.

    as told to Karen Phelps

    In “Robot Challenge”, the students describe how they designed and made robots for a competition. The article will interest many students and could inspire some to enter the competition themselves.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: robots, challenge, programming, remote control toys, sci-fi, co-operation, goal, solving problems

    In: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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    Silas the Stretcher-bearer

    L3 cover image feb2012.

    by Rachel Stedman

    This article conveys the experiences of Silas, who was a stretcher-bearer during the First World War. Silas was a conscientious objector who decided to join non-combatant service upon being drafted. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: stretcher-bearer, First World War, conscientious objector

    In: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Water worries cover.

    Water Worries

    L3 cover image april2012.

    by Rachael McMillan

    “Water Worries” combines explanations and persuasive arguments in a report that describes the serious water issues we face in New Zealand. The addition of a short procedural text tells how to make a water harvester at home.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: water, issues, New Zealand, procedural text, water harvester

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Publication date: April 2012

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  • Heartbeat cover.

    Heartbeat

    L3 cover image june2012.

    by Andre Ngāpō

    A young girl and her koro look out over their forest, Te Rākau, listening for the heartbeat of Tāne Mahuta. The forest shelters many birds and insects, as well as many very old trees.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: girl, koro, forest, Te Rākau, Tāne Mahuta, birds, insects, trees

    In: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Publication date: June 2012

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  • Mmm that's tasty cover.

    Mmm, That's Tasty!

    L3 cover image june2012.

    by Neville Gardner

    The intriguing title of this article leads to an exploration of our sense of taste and the many factors that help us determine whether food tastes nice or nasty. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: sense of taste, food, diagrams, tongue, taste buds, experiment

    In: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Publication date: June 2012

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    Tarakura of the Rangitāiki Plains

    L3 cover image sept2012.

    by Bernadine Ngaheu

    This exciting, fast-paced myth retells a traditional story from Ngāti Awa. It portrays one chief’s courageous actions to protect his iwi from the taniwha Tarakura. Iratumoana, the chief, displays many qualities: bravery, fortitude, and decisiveness. He also shows wisdom and humility, understanding that he must consult and work with others if he is to prevail over the taniwha. The chief provides a positive role model of someone who puts himself in physical danger for the good of the community.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tohunga, myth, traditional, Ngāti Awa, chief, iwi, taniwha

    In: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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