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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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  • Dog training cover image.

    Dog Training

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Marty Smith

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "Dad would snap at us if we gave the dogs food: Don’t feed them at the table! It turns them into beggars!"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dogs, dog training, farms, poetry, rural life, shearing, sheepdogs, smoko

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • How hemi cleaned his room cover image.

    How Hemi Cleaned His Room

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Steph Matuku

    illustrated by Allan Wrath

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: drama, environment, family, humour, legends, Māori culture, Māui, mutation, myths, oceans, parody, play, pollution, rubbish, siblings, traditional stories, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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    Wild Things

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "But it wasn’t a mouse that woke us. It was another noise. It sounded as though someone with asthma was choking on a mouthful of cornflakes right outside my window. I froze."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: endangered species, environment, family holidays, humour, native bush, pest control, possums, predators, siblings, trapping

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • New new zealanders cover image.

    New New Zealanders

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    illustrated by Adrian Heke

    This article introduces readers to a family who have escaped war-torn countries in the Middle East and have now embraced the freedom and safety that New Zealand offers. However, settling as refugees has its own challenges. We learn about the reasons the Kaka family had to move from Iraq to Syria, on to Lebanon, and then to New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adapting, Assyria, Assyrian Christians, Baghdad, change, civil war, Damascus, difference, immigrants, Iraq, Lebanon, refugees, resilience, school, Syria, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The Fantail

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Steph Matuku

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "It was the holidays. My sister Jojo and I were at our cousin Piri’s house. We weren’t doing much, just sitting around in Piri’s bedroom listening to music and arguing about everything and nothing – when this thing flew in through the open window."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bad luck, fantail, Hine-nui-te-pō, humour, legends, MASAM, Māui, pīwaiwaka, pīwakawaka, siblings, traditional tales, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The village beach cover image.

    The Village Beach

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Tanya Muagututi'a

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "We won't be able to hang out here much longer... There's a new building coming"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, coconuts, conservation, drama, environment, Pasifika, play, Sāmoa, Sina and the Eel, tourism, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Balancing act cover

    Balancing Act

    by Tricia Glensor

    For the past four years, Stavros Kyriakides has created sculptures along Wellington’s wild and windy south coast. His artworks are distinctive. They use only natural materials – and there’s no glue, nails, wire, or concrete holding them together. Instead, Stavros relies on the laws of physics.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: art, artworks, balance, centre of gravity, coast, creativity, debate, different opinions, forces, found objects, gravity, laws of physics, physics, sculptor, sculpture, self-expression, Stavros Kyriakides, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Plenty of room cover

    Plenty of Room

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Dylan Horrocks

    The story of a girl adjusting to life with a new sibling. "Sometimes I just want to be alone. Know what I mean? It’s good. Gives you a chance to think. I don’t like hanging out with other people all the time. I need space. So you can imagine how I feel when Dad tells me Sharon’s having a baby."  

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: babies, blended families, change, extended family, family, housing, humour, managing self, new baby, overcrowding, relating to others, relationships, siblings, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Sharks cover

    Sharks

    by Alison Ballance

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This article provides information on sharks, focusing particularly on sharks found in New Zealand waters such as great white, rig, and deep-sea sharks.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, by-catch, camouflage, chimaeras, conservation, eagle rays, endangered species, fish, great whites, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), predators, rays, rigs, sharks, skates, stingrays

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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