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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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  • Kaupapa kereru cover.

    Kaupapa Kererū

    L3 cover image june2012.

    by Ross Calman

    Although the kererū is a fairly common bird, its numbers are actually declining. The article describes an initiative by Ngāi Tahu that is helping the threatened kererū population on Banks Peninsula. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: kererū, bird, Ngāi Tahu, Banks Peninsula, conservation

    In: School Journal Level 3, June 2012

    Publication date: June 2012

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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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  • The journey cover.

    The Journey

    Sj level 3 cover image sept2011.

    as told to Kiwa Hammond by Tumanako Taurima 

    Young Wilfred can be a rebellious godwit, but news that his family will soon embark on “the Journey” takes the wind out of his wings. After his family explain what “the Journey” is – their annual migration from Alaska to New Zealand – and a godwit elder recounts his heroic journey, Wilfred reassesses his attitude. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: rebellious, godwit, journey, bird, migration, Alaska, New Zealand, heroic journey

    In: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Publication date: September 2011

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  • Earthquake cover.

    Earthquake

    Level 3 nov 2011 cover.

    by Lynn Davis

    This narrative about a family’s experiences will give students an insight into the impact of the earthquakes in Christchurch. There are opportunities for students to gain information about life during and after the September 2010 earthquake and the concerns shared by the family and the community. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: family, experience, earthquakes, Christchurch. September 2010 earthquake, concerns, community

    In: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Publication date: November 2011

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  • One city two earthquakes cover.

    One City – Two Earthquakes

    Level 3 nov 2011 cover.

    by Jenna Tinkle

    This informative article answers commonly asked questions about earthquakes, with specific reference to the Christchurch earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. The text explains what liquefaction is and how earthquakes happen, and it includes instructions for what to do in an earthquake. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: questions, earthquakes, Christchurch, September 2010, February 2011, liquefaction, safety

    In: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Publication date: November 2011

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  • The duel cover.

    The Duel: The Inventors Awaken

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    This light-hearted fantasy story, told through narrative, is the first part of a two-part story. The second part will appear in the School Journal, Level 3, August 2016. The text includes numerous illustrations, which amplify the content and add another layer to the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cartoons, duels, family, fantasy, grandparents, humour, illustrations, inventions, sequels, tall tales, visual language

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • The healers apprentice cover.

    The Healers’ Apprentice

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    “Today she would learn if she would become the apprentice.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apprenticeship, fairy tales, fantasy, healing, making choices, natural remedies, quests, trials

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Seed savers cover.

    Seed Savers

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    What is a seed bank? And what is a seed saver?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: beans, broad beans, conservation, cross-pollination, gardening, heritage, pollination, school gardens, seed bank, seeds, Tahakopa School

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • No sun cover.

    No Sun

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    "One day, the sun ran out."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, climate change, humour, ice age, poetry, Rotorua, sun

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Car games cover.

    Car Games

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    by Sarah Delahunty

    illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This play is about the digital devices used by a family on a car trip. While this scenario may be outside the experience of some students, it will resonate with many who have travelled in a car with their family, been involved in sibling squabbles, or been more interested in a device than on interacting with their parents.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: drama, electronic devices, family, generational divide, humour, misunderstanding, plays, satellite navigation system, tablet, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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