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    Puawai Cairns: Te Papa Detective

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Whiti Hereaka

    This article describes the work of Puawai Cairns, a curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Puawai believes that as a curator, her job is to tell stories about people: “Each one always begins with a taonga.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: artefacts, change, culture, curator, detection, history, museums, New Zealand Wars, niu, Pai Mārire, past, stories, taonga, Te Papa Tongarewa, tikanga Māori

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Cancel the Invasion

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by David Larsen

    “Cancel the Invasion” is a funny and original fantasy story. Ash is an alien who has been sent to Earth as an advance scout for a planned invasion. He meets some young humans, and we follow his internal musings as he struggles to understand the complexities of their (English) language.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, books, communication, conflict, fantasy, future, humour, language, lies, misunderstanding, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Atutahi’s Unicorn

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Hinemoana Baker

    “Mum, you need to come!” I shouted. “I think Sparkles is bunged up again.” I took a cautious step towards the unicorn. She turned her head towards me, eyes crossed from the strain, horn bobbing. It was the third time this week.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: competition, family, fantasy, hobbies, humour, relationships, science fiction, sisters, sport, te reo Māori, unicorns, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Not Your Normal Tent

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    A poem by James Brown, illustrated by Peter Campbell.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: camping, found poems, humour, instructions, poetry, tents

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    New Boots

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Tim Jones

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    "Charlie’s own pack was fine, but he was hungry, and his new boots pinched. Plus his mates were way ahead, having a great time – and here he was stuck at the back with Mr Ngaia and the new kid."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, bullying, family, friendship, kea, managing self, narrative, outdoors, relationships, respect for others, responsibilty, scouts, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Thumbprints

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Serie Barford

    illustrated by Sheyne Tuffery

    "Mum left Sāmoa in 1952. To‘ono drove her to the harbour in a jeep abandoned by American marines."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, difference, ethnic diversity, family, First World War, German ancestry, heritage, identity, immigration, individuality, internment, New Zealand history, poetry, race, relationships, respect, Sāmoa, Second World War, World War 1, World War 2

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Who Froze Farrell Flint?

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    Minnie Sharp, detective, is the narrator of this science-fiction story. The setting is a futuristic research centre on Mars. Minnie has a mystery to solve following the discovery of a frozen scientist in the Cryogenic Storage Room. As she interviews the other scientists working in the laboratory, Minnie is gradually able to build a picture of what might have happened. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, cryogenics, deduction, detectives, ecological sustainability, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, mystery, science fiction, scientists, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Subantarctic Islands

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    This visual text uses words and cartoon-style images to provide information about the five groups of islands that are found between New Zealand and Antarctica. The information is presented in a lively way, organised into sections that tell what and where the islands are, the weather they share, and their flora and fauna. 

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    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, albatrosses, Antarctica, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, cartoon, climate, climate change, endangered species, endemic, environment, fauna, flora, latitude, longitude, Maungahuka, megaherbs, Motu Maha, Moutere Hauriri, Moutere Mahue, native, penguins, pollution, subantarctic, Subantarctic Islands, The Snares, Tini Heke, weather

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The Possum Problem

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    "Possums. You hardly ever see them, but they’re all around: in the bush, on farms, in parks. They might even be in your garden. During the day, possums stay in their dens. These are dry, hidden places where they won’t be disturbed. Possums emerge after dark, millions upon millions of them, all across New Zealand. And what do they do? They eat."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: acclimatisation societies, bovine tuberculosis, change, ecosystems, endangered species, environment, food chains, fur, fur trade, hunting, New Zealand history, pest control,possums, predators, trapping

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Low Tide

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Tim Jones

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    This short story describes what happens during the hour that Manu and his father have to rescue what they can from their ruined home. A storm accompanied by a high tide has breached a seawall and sent seawater through their house.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Asperger syndrome, characterisation, civil defence, environment, family, floods, global warming, natural disaster, pets, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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