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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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  • Our rocks rock cover.

    Our Rocks Rock!

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by Jill MacGregor

    When Jack brings his rock collection to school, his classmates are amazed to find the rocks aren’t “dull and boring” like they thought. This article describes the rocks the children collect, “make”, and experiment with and explores their wonderment at the variety of rocks in their collection. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Māori Rock Science” Connected 2 2003 | “A History of Rock” Connected 2 2003 | “Finding Pounamu” SJ 1.4.05

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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  • Ramadan is coming cover.

    Ramadan is Coming

    L2 cover image aug2013.

    by Marita Vandenberg

    Obay’s family has come to New Zealand from Saudi Arabia. The article describes his family’s daily life, then focuses on the activities that occur at Ramadan. Obay and his brothers attend regular school, and their mother maintains their Arabic learning at home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Ramadan, culture

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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  • Making a sentence cover.

    Making a Sentence

    L2 cover image aug2013.

    by John Parker

    This is a light-hearted, entertaining play that will engage students – it is set on a dairy farm where eight characters try to make a sentence. Two of the characters are nouns (animals) and the other six represent articles, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and a full stop. This clever idea provides readers with a visual way of learning how parts of speech work to form an interesting sentence that sounds correct. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: farm, dairy, animals, play, humour

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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  • Child eating an egg.

    Backyard Chooks

    L2 cover image aug2013.

    by Susan Paris

    Jean loves eating eggs for breakfast, but one morning, there are no eggs left. This engaging article describes how Jean asks her family about getting their own chickens to ensure a constant supply of eggs. The family discussions about the costs and benefits of keeping chickens bring out financial literacy concepts that will be familiar to many students.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: eggs, chickens, financial literacy, money

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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  • Kaitiaki of the stream cover.

    Kaitiaki of the Stream

    L2 cover image oct2013.

    by Pātaka Moore and Monique Lagan

    This non-fiction article is based on the work of Pātaka Moore of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa in Ōtaki. In a talk to local students, he explains the history and significance of the Mangapōuri Stream. He also discusses how the stream, which is now unhealthy, might be restored. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Nasty nits cover.

    Nasty Nits

    L2 cover image oct2013.

    by Sylvia Thomas

    All children know about head lice, and most will want to find out more about them. The detailed information will have a “yuck” appeal to children, but the text doesn’t make judgments about students who might be suffering from head lice.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Shipwrecked cover.

    Shipwrecked

    L2 cover image oct2013.

    by Sharon Udy

    Using a graphic novel format, the narrator tells a story about her father. Many students will identify with the narrator who thinks her parents are a bit boring – until she finds an old newspaper clipping.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: safety, adventure, graphic novel

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Flying fungi cover.

    Flying Fungi

    L2 cover image feb2012.

    by Jill MacGregor

    The discovery of a strange object on the beach sets three friends off on an investigation that involves their whole class. Using questions from the class as a catalyst, the article recounts information they find about bracket fungi from their own observations, research, and experiments.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: beach, investigation, questions, bracket fungi, observations, research, experiments

    In: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Katerina te heikoko mataria cover.

    Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

    L2 cover image feb2012.

    by Oho Kaa

    This article about the writer Kāterina Mataira was written in the first person as a form of eulogy after her passing in July 2011. The article shares aspects of her life and highlights the importance of her culture. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Kāterina Mataira, eulogy, culture, Te reo Māori, poroporoaki

    In: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • The anzac button cover.

    The Anzac Button

    L2 cover image feb2012.

    by Judy Raymond

    This is the story of a button that was sewn onto the jacket of a First World War soldier. After the war, the soldier returns to New Zealand and wears the jacket to annual Anzac Day parades. Many years later, Ella, the soldier’s great-granddaughter, discovers the jacket. She sews the button onto a ribbon and proudly wears it to another Anzac Day parade. The story ends with a factual note about the meaning of Anzac Day.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: button, First World War, soldier,war, New Zealand, Anzac Day, parades

    In: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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