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  • Students and teacher performing tafoe.

    Tafoe O!

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Hio Kelemete

    Every Sunday, a group of Tokelau adults and children meet in Wellington to pass on cultural knowledge. Recently, artist and master carver Paulino Tuwhala guided the group through the task of carving foe (paddles), which they used to perform a tafoe (dance).

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: action songs, aganuku, belonging, carving, church, community, culture, dance, design, faith, fakatuatua, foe, generations, identity, kaulotu, learning, lotokaiga, lyrics, Pacific, paddles, performing, practice, song, tafoe, teaching, Tokelau, toki, traditions

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Giving the ocean a voice cover.

    Giving the Ocean a Voice

    Connected 2 2013 cover image.

    by Don Long

    How is the Pacific Ocean doing? Is it in good health? The crews of seven voyaging canoes have been finding out. What did they observe?

    Series: Connected 2013 level 2 - I Spy...

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Technological knowledge

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

    In: Connected 2013 level 2 - I Spy...

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • The Long Pause.

    The Long Pause

    This article explores the mystery of the long pause between the two major periods of Pacific migration. It demonstrates how the science of archaeology can be used to explain and understand the world and how scientists provide evidence to support ideas.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Sj level 4 oct 2012 cover.

    School Journal Level 4, October 2012

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

        TSM
    Articles John Pule - Artist of the Pacific
    The Eighth Wonder of the World
    The Emperor of Peka Peka Beach

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2012

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    John pule cover.

    John Pule - Artist of the Pacific

    level 4 cover image oct2012.

    by Gregory O’Brien

    This article describes the life and work of John Pule, a well-known Pasifika artist and poet. It tells the story of John’s development as an internationally acclaimed artist (from winning an art competition at the age of nine to a life-changing return to Niue over twenty years later). 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: John Pule, Pasifika artist, poet, art competition, Niue

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    The eighth wonder cover.

    The Eighth Wonder of the World

    level 4 cover image oct2012.

    by Sue Gibbison

    This article describes the loss and possible rediscovery of the famous Pink and White Terraces. It describes the unusual events immediately prior to the eruption that covered these iconic natural features and goes on to explain how new technology is being used to map and scan the bottom of Lake Rotomahana to find the Pink and White Terraces. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: discovery, famous, landmark, Pink and White Terraces, eruption, natural features, technology, map, Lake Rotomahana

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Emperor of peka peka beach cover.

    The Emperor of Peka Peka Beach

    level 4 cover image oct2012.

    by Sarah Wilcox

    When a sick Emperor penguin was found on Peka Peka beach, a huge amount of interest was aroused about how to deal with the penguin. Much attention, time, and money was spent on restoring and sending the penguin (named “Happy Feet” by the media) back to his Antarctic home. Opinions for and against saving just one penguin were polarised. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Emperor penguin, Peka Peka beach, penguin, Antarctic, opinions, saving, rescue

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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  • Davy lowston cover.

    My Name Is Davy Lowston

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Spike Wademan 

    This text is a fictionalised recount. Davy Lowston was among a group of sealers set down on the Open Bay Islands (off the west coast of the South Island) in 1810. The ship that was to pick them up sank in a storm, and the men were marooned for four years. Their story is the basis of one of the earliest folk songs in New Zealand.

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    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: castaways, folk songs, New Zealand history, sealers, seals, shipwrecked, survival, whalers

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator.

    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator

    by Sandy Morrison 

    Long before the tūpuna of Māori settled in Aotearoa, people sailed across the Pacific Ocean using their knowledge of the stars and nature to find their way. One of those people was Hui Te Rangiora. Nearly 1,500 years ago, he made an amazing journey deep into Te Tai Uka a Pia (the Southern Ocean), where nobody had ever been before. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Antarctica, Aotearoa New Zealand history, climate change, courage, culture, exploration, explorer, heritage, history, Hui Te Rangiora, identity, Māori history, navigation, Pacific, Southern Ocean, Te Āwhina marae, Te Puna o Riuwaka, Te Tai Uka a Pia, traditional stories, tūpuna, whakapapa, whakataukī, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Cartoon of people protesting.

    Once a Panther

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Michel Mulipola

    This fictional comic is based on the true story of the Polynesian Panthers in 1970s New Zealand. Inspired by the Black Panther Party in the United States, the Polynesian Panthers were a group of young New Zealanders who wanted to tackle the widespread prejudice faced by Pacific communities. Once a Panther encourages the reader to reflect on the positive change the Polynesian Panthers created and the ongoing legacy of the dawn raids for Pacific communities.

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: March 2019

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  • Stand up cover image.

    Stand Up: A History of Protest in New Zealand

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Dylan Owen

    This article looks at a number of important social issues and significant events in New Zealand’s history, thematically linked around the idea of protest. The text is organised in chronological sequence from the passive resistance seen at Parihaka in 1881, through to the anti-TPPA protests in 2016.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apartheid, conflict, GE-free, general strike, genetic engineering, Great Depression, Great Strike 1913, hīkoi, history, Kate Sheppard, Māori Land March, marches, Nelson Mandela, New Zealand history, Parihaka, passive resistance, petitions, protest, right to vote, riots, rugby, Springbok tour 1981, strikes, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), unions, Vietnam war, Waterfront Dispute 1951, watersiders, Whina Cooper, women’s suffragette petition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Sea Science.

    Sea Science

    This article describes a citizen science project carried out by three schools on Aotea Great Barrier Island. Concerned by the amount of marine debris washing up on their beaches, the students partnered with scientists from the University of Auckland to investigate what was happening and to take action to bring about change.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • An Invasion of Yellow Crazies cover.

    An Invasion of Yellow Crazies

    Show and Tell L2 cover.

    by Allan Burne

    The islands of Tokelau have been invaded by yellow crazy ants. Scientists are investigating where they are and what can be done about them. By collecting and recording data, they can identify the extent of the problem and figure out the best course of action.

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 2 – Show and Tell

    Publication date: December 2016

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