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  • Whats the evidence cover.

    Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Use evidence to support ideas.
    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: January 2014

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    Beating the Wind

    Beating the Wind

    Connected 2014 L4 cover.

    by Bronwen Wall

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Zephyr was winning the cycle race, but everyone passed her at the end. Why? Scientist Lindsey Underwood uses evidence to explain to Zephyr how aerodynamics can improve the performance of racing cyclists.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Physical world

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Great marble challenge cover.

    The Great Marble Challenge

    Connected 2014 L4 cover.

    by Ian Stevens

    illustrated by Dennis Poole

    A teacher challenges his class to design a ramp that will get a marble to stop at any set distance between 500 millimetres and 2 metres from the end of the ramp. What processes will the students follow to meet this challenge?

    Series: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Training for success cover.

    Training for Success

    Connected 2014 L4 cover.

    by Dave Armstrong

    Top athlete Phoebe Edwards and her coach, Mike Ritchie, constantly observe and measure her performance and work on improving technique, to help her train for success.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Christchurch earthquake cover.

    Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes

    Connected 2014 L4 cover.

    by Phillip Simpson

    New learning has come out of the devastation of the Christchurch earthquakes. How has the data and research from the earthquakes changed what geologists think?

    Series: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Black is back cover.

    Black is Back

    Connected 2014 L4 cover.

    by Rangi Te Kanawa

    Te Papa conservator Rangi Te Kanawa uses her knowledge of traditional dyeing practices, science, and scientific experimentation to preserve fibres in textiles that have been dyed using iron-tannate black dyes.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 4 - What’s the Evidence?

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Why is that cover.

    Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Use evidence to support ideas.
    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: January 2014

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    Rising seas cover.

    Rising Seas

    Connected 2014 L3 cover

    by Kate Potter

    Scientists know that global warming is leading to rising sea levels, but the rate of change and its likely impact are less clear. Scientists investigate what is happening and use the evidence to suggest how we might adapt to the changes.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Counting kakahi cover.

    Counting Kākahi

    Connected 2014 L3 cover

    by Hannah Rainforth

    Scientist Hannah Rainforth investigated kākahi in the Whanganui River to find whether the evidence supports claims by local kaumātua that kākahi have nearly disappeared.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Rebuilding christchurch cover.

    Rebuilding Christchurch with Amazing Ideas

    Connected 2014 L3 cover

    by Renata Hopkins

    Christchurch students from years 7 to 13 entered the Amazing Place City Project competition. They were asked to design an amazing place to help make Christchurch the best small city in the world. The year 7 winning team tested their ideas and used evidence to show that the ideas could really work.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Elephant toothpaste cover.

    Elephant Toothpaste

    Connected 2014 L3 cover

    by Nikki Reid and Rex Bartholomew

    A class arrives at school to find their room transformed into a laboratory and their teacher transformed into an animal dental hygiene scientist. The zoo asks them to invent a recipe for elephant toothpaste. The class observes the chemical reaction when they mix the ingredients together. Are they successful? And what do the elephants think of their new toothpaste?

    Series: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    The tsunami cover.

    The Tsunami That Washed Time Away

    Connected 2014 L3 cover

    by Jenna Tinkle

    Geologists James Goff and Scott Nichol had an idea that the landscape at Henderson Bay in Northland was changed by a huge tsunami that took place hundreds of years ago. Can they find evidence to support their idea?

    Series: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • How do you know cover.

    Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability:
    Use evidence to support ideas.
    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 grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2014

    Order this text

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    Gardening with science cover.

    Garden with Science

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Sophie Fern

    Science and gardening have a lot in common. To grow healthy plants, gardeners use scientific knowledge and skills, including observing the world around them and experimenting to find evidence to support their ideas. How can you garden with science?

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Super senses cover.

    Super Senses

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Matt Comesky

    Animals use amazing senses to navigate the world. How do dolphins find things underwater? Why do dung beetles roll their dung at night? Scientists gather and use evidence about animals’ super senses to support their ideas.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Winning the bledisloe cup cover.

    Winning the Bledisloe Cup

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Neale Pitches

    How did two market gardeners become Bledisloe Cup champions? They used horticulture – the science of growing plants. Joe and Fay Gock’s innovations have changed the ways vegetables are grown in New Zealand. 

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Pop froth fizz cover.

    Pop! Froth! Fizz!

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Rex Bartholomew

    illustrated by Allan Poole

    Why did the cork pop out of the bottle? The class in this graphic story investigate acid-carbonate reactions to answer this question. They make predictions, observe what happens, and suggest a possible explanation.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Making amazing places cover.

    Making Amazing Places

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Renata Hopkins

    Christchurch school students came up with some exciting ideas for the BNZ Amazing Place Playground Competition. A group of year 4 students designed the winning playground by gathering survey data and research evidence about the popularity of their idea. 

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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    Cardboard cathedral cover.

    The Cardboard Cathedral

    Connected 2014 L2 cover.

    by Bruce Granshaw

    During the Christchurch earthquake, the Christchurch cathedral was so badly damaged it couldn’t be used. Therefore, the people in charge of the cathedral worked with architects, engineers, and builders to build an innovative new temporary cathedral.

    Series: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Use evidence

    In: Connected 2014 level 2 - How Do You Know?

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Is that so cover.

    Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Critique evidence.
    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: January 2015

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    Reconnecting the brain cover.

    Reconnecting the Brain

    Is that so.

    by Bronwen Wall

    Dr Melanie Cheung is a neurobiologist. She studies the roro (brain), collecting and analysing data about how it works and what can go wrong. She also studies the use of tikanga (Māori customary practices) in the modern science world.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Lighting the way with solar energy cover.

    Lighting the Way with Solar Energy

    Is that so.

    by Andrew & Anna Dickson

    When Tokelau decided to switch to renewable energy, they thought critically about all the options. They decided that solar energy was a cost-effective option suited to the sunny Tokelaun climate. Over four thousand solar panels were installed on Tokelau, making them the first country in the world to use 100 percent renewable energy. Now they hope to inspire others to make the switch.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Physical world, Nature of technology

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Sinking feeling cover.

    A Sinking Feeling

    Is that so.

    by Ken Benn

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Mr Tuala’s class have lost the Boat Float competition and they want to figure out why. By learning more about density (and how it relates to floating a boat), they critique their original boat designs and use what they have learned to design and build new, more successful boats.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Don't sit if you want to keep fit.

    Don’t Sit If You Want to Keep Fit

    Is that so.

    by Neale Pitches

    illustrated by Renee Chin

    Scientific evidence suggests that sitting for long periods of time can cause health problems and that standing and moving around is better for us. But as with any scientific evidence, we need to ask questions about the evidence to determine if it can be trusted.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 4 - Is That So?

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Fact or fiction cover.

    Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Critique evidence.
    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: January 2015

    Order this text

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    Pseudoscience cover.

    Pseudoscience

    Fact or fiction.

    by Sophie Fern

    illustrated by Claire Tobin

    Pseudoscience is something that sounds scientific but isn’t actually based on solid evidence. Advertisments often use pseudoscience, which can be misleading. To be able to tell the difference between real science and pseudoscience, we need to think like scientists. We can use our knowledge of what makes an investigation scientific to ask whether the information is trustworthy.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Sleep sleuths cover.

    Sleep Sleuths

    Fact or fiction.

    by Kate Potter

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    How much sleep should we be getting? How many people get enough sleep every night? Jeremy and Marama carry out an investigation to find out how much sleep their classmates are getting. They discover that sometimes, a good investigation can raise more questions than it answers!

    Series: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Catching a space duck cover.

    Catching a Space Duck

    Fact or fiction.

    by Renata Hopkins

    In 2004, the European Space Agency sent a spacecraft (called Rosetta) to chase a rubber-ducky-shaped comet called Comet Churyumov-Gerasamenko/67P. In 2014, Rosetta caught up with Comet 67P and sent a lander (called Philae) down to the surface of the comet. Scientists are using the information Rosetta and Philae are sending back to figure out more about comets and other secrets of our solar system.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    The science of rongoa cover.

    The Science of Rongoā

    Fact or fiction.

    by Phillip Simpson

    Māori use kawakawa as rongoā (traditional medicine). But when scientists tested the kawakawa leaves they said there was no scientific evidence to support the plant’s medicinal properties. Chris Ryan took a closer look at the scientists’ investigations and noticed that they had not used traditional methods to prepare the kawakawa. He wondered if this might have affected their results. So Chris decided to carry out his own investigation.

    Series: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 level 3 - Fact or Fiction?

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Have you checked cover.

    Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Critique evidence.

    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: January 2015

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    Why do our muscles get tired cover.

    Why Do Our Muscles Get Tired?

    Have you checked.

    by Zoe Armstrong & Dave Armstrong

    Have you noticed that exercising a lot can make you feel tired or sore? Sometimes when we exercise very hard, our muscles use oxygen faster than our body can supply it. This is called muscle fatigue. Moana and Oscar carry out a simple investigation to discover more about muscle fatigue.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Operation Duck Pond

    Operation Duck Pond

    Have you checked.

    by Andrew Gunn

    Nathan Burkepile is a scientist who wants to know what kind of pond ducks like best. Volunteers (citizen scientists) from around the country collect data for Nathan to analyse. Nathan works with the citizen scientists to make sure that the data they collect is reliable.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Category: Fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Learning from the tangata whenua cover.

    Learning from the Tangata Whenua

    Have you checked.

    by Susan Paris

    James Ataria works a bit differently from most other scientists. As a scientist, he thinks carefully about how evidence should be collected and critiqued. But, unlike many other scientists, he also uses Māori cultural knowledge to help his work.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Heat it up cover.

    Heat It Up

    Have you checked.

    by Kate Potter

    illustrated by Katie O'Neill

    Students Paige and Sabitra design an experiment to test whether their solar oven would work better if they paint it black on the inside. But they notice some problems with the data they collect. By changing their experiment, they are able to improve the quality and reliability of their data.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Keles car.

    Kele’s Car

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    JJ49 cover.

    This humorous play, set in a Pasifika market, has a message about financial literacy – we need to think carefully about how we spend money. When Dad takes Kele and his older sister Vika to the market, Kele quickly spends his money and then sees something else he really wants but now can’t afford. Vika offers to buy it for him if he pays her back, but Dad points out that there might be more to this deal than Kele realises.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: play, buying, selling, market, money

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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