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  • The force cover

    The Force

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Matt Haworth

    Egged on by his brother, Harper works through his fears of jumping off the bridge into the water. "Do or do not. There is no try."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, courage, family, fantasy, fear, fiction, holidays, imagination, independence, managing self, relating to others, rites of passage, rivers, self-belief, siblings, Star Wars, swimming, Yoda

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • What makes the weather cover image.

    What Makes the Weather

    by Eric Brenstrum

    This article describes the physical processes that drive weather: the water cycle and changes in air pressure and temperature. The text then explains how these processes work together to cause a variety of weather conditions.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 3 - Watching the Weather

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Physical world, Material world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 3 - Watching the Weather

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The fish highway cover.

    The Fish Highway

    connected 2013 l3 cover image

    written and illustrated by Adele Jackson. There is a maze of water and sewage pipes under Wellington’s pavements, beneath manhole covers and bundles of cables. The oldest pipes are lined with bricks. They snake under the streets.

    Series: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

    In: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Fast rust cover.

    Fast Rust

    connected 2013 l3 cover image

    by Bronwen Wall

    What doesn’t breathe but can’t live without air, doesn’t drink but needs water near, never sleeps and won’t rest much, is stronger than steel, but crumbles at a touch?

    Series: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

    In: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Sj level 3 april 2012 cover.

    School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Stories The Butterfly Effect
    Articles Just Like Everyone Else
    Water Worries

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: April 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

    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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    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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  • Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022.

    Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the Junior Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    Articles Volunteers
    Kūmara – Behind the Scenes
    Settling In
    Recipe Kūmara Wedges    
    Activity One Jandal  
    Play Water Worries  

    Series: Junior Journal & CHAPTERS

    Publication date: August 2022

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    Volunteers.

    Volunteers

    by Bronwen Wall

    What do you do in your free time? Some people choose to be volunteers – people who like to help others. I talked to some young volunteers to find out why they do it. 

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

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

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, clean-ups, climate change, community, environment, future, helping, Levin, native plants, nursery, recycling, repair cafe, rōpū, taiao, Te Araroa, volunteer, volunteering, whānau, whenua

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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    Kūmara – Behind the Scenes.

    Kūmara – Behind the Scenes

    by Trish Puharich; illustrations by Scott Pearson

    There’s nothing quite like a bowl of tasty kūmara fries or wedges. Yum! But where does that kūmara come from? Some people grow their own kūmara or buy it from a market, but most people in Aotearoa buy their kūmara from a supermarket. Have you ever wondered how the kūmara gets to the supermarket?

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: community, cooperation, distribution centre, food, kūmara, market garden, packhouse, product, production, shops, society, supermarket, vegetable, worker

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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    Settling In.

    Settling In

    by Abbas Nazari; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt 

    Abbas Nazari was only seven years old in 2001 when he and his family became refugees. There was a war in Afghanistan, and the fighting was coming closer and closer to the family’s village. They had to leave their home and find a new place to live. They had to leave their friends, and everything they owned, and set off on a long and very dangerous journey over deserts, mountains, and stormy oceans.

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Abbas Nazari, Afghan, Afghanistan, change, community, confidence, culture, customs, danger, difference, escape, ethnicity, family, food, foreign, friendship, home, identity, journey, language, Māngere Resettlement Centre, mother tongue, outsider, refugee, settling in, war

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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    Kūmera Wedges.

    Kūmara Wedges

    A recipe for Kūmara Wedges.

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: activity, cooking, food, instructions, kūmara, recipe, snack, step-by-step, technology, vegetable

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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    One Jandal

    One Jandal

    by Tim Upperton; illustrations by Elsie Andrewes

    I heard a joke the other day – A boy walks up the street with one jandal on, and his friend says, “Hey, you lose a jandal?” “Nah,” the boy says, “I found one.” Well, it was funny at the time, but it also got me thinking about the jandals we find sometimes. Always just one! And it looks good, but it’s not much use without the other jandal.

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: advice, beach, community, cooperation, family, free verse, helping, jandal, joke, metaphor, poetry, story, storytelling, Tim Upperton, verse, working together

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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    Water Worries.

    Water Worries

    by Feana Tu‘akoi; illustrations by Donovan Bixley

    A meeting room at the council offices. It’s a hot day and the characters are fanning themselves, trying to cool down. 

    Series: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: character, citizenship, climate, community, cooperation, council, dragon, drama, environment, global warming, humour, language, message, mystery, play, problem solving, resources, water

    In: Junior Journal 63, Level 2, 2022

    Publication date: August 2022

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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    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:

        Audio TSM
    Article Taranaki Views  
    Stories The Story of Taranaki
    Magō!
    Poem Come and Meet the Water Whānau  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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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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  • At the pool.

    At the Pool

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Polina Outkina

    When Mum takes James and Noah to the pool, Noah has a great time playing on an inflatable dinosaur but James worries about getting into the water. Eventually, Noah's urging and the prospect of playing on the dinosaur persuade James to overcome his fears and join in the fun.

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Mrs brown's garden.

    Mrs Brown’s Garden

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    In this story, Grace helps her neighbour, Mrs Brown, by watering her tomatoes. When Dad invites Mrs Brown to their family barbecue, she and Grace arrive with a large bowl of tomatoes from her garden. 

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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