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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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  • Mary anning cover.

    Mary Anning Fossil Hunter

    L3 cover image sept2012.

    by Barbara Dobson

    This report tells the story of Mary Anning, who was born in 1799. Her lifelong interest in hunting for “curios” led to some important finds that caught the attention of scientists from around the world.The article recounts Mary’s early life and how the skills her father taught her helped Mary to support the family after his death. Mary’s discoveries have helped scientists to understand the evolution of life forms.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Mary Anning, scientist discoveries, evolution, life forms

    In: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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  • Kūaka cover.

    Kūaka

    Sj level 3 cover image sept2011.

    by Bronwen Wall

    Every September, the kūaka, or bar-tailed godwit, flies more than 11 600 kilometres from Alaska to New Zealand, and each March to June it flies back again. This engaging article explores its remarkable migration – its departure and arrival periods, how fast it flies, where and on what it feeds in New Zealand, and how it manages to fly for long distances without eating. The article also offers a traditional Māori perspective on kūaka. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: kūaka, bar-tailed godwit, Alaska, New Zealand, migration, Māori

    In: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Publication date: September 2011

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  • The biggest snake in history cover.

    The Biggest Snake in History

    Sj level 3 cover image sept2011.

    by Norman Bilbrough

    Imagine a snake longer than a bus and big enough to swallow a cow. That was Titanoboa, one of the most ferocious predators on Earth some sixty million years ago – five million years after the dinosaurs died out. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: snake, Titanoboa, ferocious predators, Earth, extinct, history, science, dinosaurs

    In: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Publication date: September 2011

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  • Timber cover.

    Timber!

    Level 3 nov 2011 cover.

    by Jullia Wall

    This article describes how trees have been used in New Zealand and the impact people have had on the native forests. The text shares the perspectives of people involved in the timber industry and of conservationists since the arrival of European settlers. It outlines the events that occurred, the resulting impact on indigenous forests, and the steps taken to sustain them. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: trees, New Zealand, impact, people, native forests, timber industry, conservationists, European settlers, indigenous forests

    In: School Journal, Level 3 November 2011

    Publication date: November 2011

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  • Maui cover.

    Māui

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    The narrator and his sister are on a fishing trip with Dad, but the outing is overshadowed by the fact that their mother is at home with an unspecified illness.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: endangered species, family, fishing, grief, illness, Māui, Māui dolphins, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • The past beneath our feet cover.

    The Past Beneath Our Feet

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    This is a profile of Māori archaeologist Atholl Anderson, which looks at his work, the methods he uses, and the importance of his field. It includes text boxes and quotes that contextualise his work (for example, explaining who the first ancestors were, where they came from, and what their society was like).

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Atholl Anderson, archaeology, artefacts, carbon, DNA, first people, genetics, Māori, middens, migration, Ngāi Tahu, palaeontology, radiocarbon dating, Wairau Bar

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 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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  • Helping henrietta cover image.

    Helping Henrietta

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    "As he eats his breakfast, Joe can't stop grinning. The world is covered in thick white icing."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: chickens, comfort, death, family, grief, hard decisions, pets, relationships, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • Six photos cover.

    Six Photos

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    This is an article that gives readers a “peek into history”. It makes a link between what we know about taking photos and what we can find out from photos that show different times and places.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: New Zealand history, Parihaka, photographers, photography, portraits, technology, visual analysis

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • The duel cover image.

    The Duel: The Final Challenge

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    "The rules are simple. Baron von Spanner has to invent something, and Grandpa Sid has twenty-four hours to counter it with his own creation."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

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

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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