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  • Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator.

    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator

    by Sandy Morrison 

    Long before the tūpuna of Māori settled in Aotearoa, people sailed across the Pacific Ocean using their knowledge of the stars and nature to find their way. One of those people was Hui Te Rangiora. Nearly 1,500 years ago, he made an amazing journey deep into Te Tai Uka a Pia (the Southern Ocean), where nobody had ever been before. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Antarctica, Aotearoa New Zealand history, climate change, courage, culture, exploration, explorer, heritage, history, Hui Te Rangiora, identity, Māori history, navigation, Pacific, Southern Ocean, Te Āwhina marae, Te Puna o Riuwaka, Te Tai Uka a Pia, traditional stories, tūpuna, whakapapa, whakataukī, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Illustrated wave.

    School Journal Level 4 June 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 Kāhuipani  
    Something Alive
    The Village  
    Poems Giving my Father Frights  
    Articles Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist  
    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge
    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    by Tricia Glensor

    Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carbon dioxide, challenges, change, climate, climate change, climate-change refugees, eco-systems, emissions, environment, erosion, extreme weather, Generation Zero, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, Jan Wright, Kiribati, methane, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, problems, sea levels, temperature, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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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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    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist cover page

    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

    by Claire Finlayson

    When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Giving my Father Frights cover page

    Giving my Father Frights

    by Ashleigh Young

    illustrated by Donna Cross

    We discover no end of windows of opportunity for giving my father frights. Our house is for hiding in. We crouch in the porch, waiting for the bend of his shadow.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make believe, memories, parents, poetry, relating to others, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918 cover image

    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    by Renata Hopkins

    Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Something Alive cover page

    Something Alive

    written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

    Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

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    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    The village cover page

    The Village

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    Looking for adventure on a family holiday with her parents, Ava wonders off to explore some nearby ruins.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture clash, famine, fantasy, ghost stories, holidays, inequality, mystery, spirits, traditional societies

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • How Cars Changed the World.

    How Cars Changed the World

    by Bronwen Wall, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: car accident, Cecil Woods, change, Dennison, car, electric cars, first car, Fred Dennison, history, importing, invention, motor cars, Nicholas Oates, petrol, pollution, roads, speed limit, technology, traffic fine, transport, travel, wagons, vehicles, William McLean

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • The river cover.

    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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  • Dinosaur hunter cover.

    The Dinosaur Hunter

    L3 cover image sept2012.

    by Norman Bilbrough

    This article tells the story of a New Zealand woman who, like Mary Anning (see “Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter”), had a great curiosity about rocks and the fossils in them. The article continues the theme of change over time. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: New Zealand, curiosity, rocks, fossils, change, time

    In: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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  • Benny cover.

    Benny

    Book cover.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Pippa Keel

    “That day last week shouldn’t have been different, but it was.”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: abilities, bullying, change, difference, friendship, streaming

    In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • The Musician.

    The Musician

    by Sarah Penwarden, illustrations by Elliemay Logan

    This family story captures the experience of forming a new relationship and how circumstances that are outside our control can end relationships. Equally, it’s about how families change – and especially about young people becoming aware of their parents as people with separate lives and with their own needs.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, change, family, loss, new partner, parent, relationships, separation, siblings

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Out of the Wild.

    Out of the Wild

    by Matt Comeskey 

    When did the chicken cross the road? Probably about eight thousand years ago – no joke! That’s when some scientists think chickens were first domesticated. What about dogs, cats, and other animals? When did they start living with people. And why? 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, ancestors, animals, change, domestication, genetics, history, livestock, natural selection

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Book cover.

    At the end of the driveway

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    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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  • Six cover.

    Six

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    Friends can be complicated. So can birthday parties.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, change, friendship, group dynamics, growing up, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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