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  • A quilt for kiri.

    A Quilt for Kiri

    by Don Long

    pictures by Judith Kunzlé

    This sensitive narrative tells of the death of Kiri’s grandmother far away in the Cook Islands. Grandma’s gift of a quilt to Kiri sparks special memories for Kiri and her dad. A Gift for Aunty Ngā (Gold) is a sequel to this book.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Rat on an octopus.

    Rat and Octopus

    retold by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Rat and Octopus, a tale common to many Pacific cultures, is retold here by Samoan writer Tusiata Avia. Students will enjoy finding out why Octopus has black markings on his head and why Rat and Octopus remain enemies to this day.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • New zealand's weather cover image.

    New Zealand's Weather

    by Eric Brenstrum

    This article outlines the global influences on the weather. It explores how oceans, continents, and icecaps affect the way air moves, heats, and cools. It then reinforces the concepts explained in “What Makes the Weather” by applying them to the context of weather in the South Pacific and particularly in New Zealand.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 3 - Watching the Weather

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Physical world, Material world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 3 - Watching the Weather

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Endurance.

    Endurance

    by Paul Mason

    This book recounts the incredible survival story that followed Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914. After his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and later crushed by ice, Shackleton and his crew were stranded on the ice for five months before travelling in lifeboats to Elephant Island. A small group then sailed on to South Georgia and trekked through glaciers and over mountains to eventually find help.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Border security cover image.

    What is Biosecurity

    by Andrew and Anna Dickson

    This article introduces the concept of biosecurity and explains how, as a group of isolated islands, New Zealand developed a unique range of ecosystems. The arrival of plants or animals from other countries could be disastrous for our environment. Therefore, our borders are constantly monitored by biosecurity agencies to protect our environment, agriculture, and our health.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • School journal level 3 aug 2017 cover image.

    School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Wild Things  
    Low Tide
    Poems Dog Training  
    Plays How Hemi Cleaned His Room  
    Articles The Subantarctic Islands
    Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    The Possum Problem  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2017

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    The subantarctic islands cover image.

    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. 

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    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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    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Ross Calman

    This straightforward article explains what the Treaty of Waitangi is, why it was needed, and what it says. Although most students will have heard of the Treaty, this may be the first time they have read about it for themselves.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, change, colonisation, compensation, governorship, Henry Williams, Hōne Heke Pōkai, kāwanatanga, land confiscation, migration, missionaries, New Zealand history, promises, protest, settlements, settlers, Tāmati Wāka Nene, tino rangatiratanga, Titiri o Waitangi, treaties, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    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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    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.

    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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    Low tide cover image.

    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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  • School Journal Level 4 May 2016.

    School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka
    MeMe and Me  
    Man and Sea  
    Poems Surge  
    Plays Waiting for Toni
    Articles Captain Cook Charting Our Islands
    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Ngā tātarakihi o parihaka cover.

    Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka

    This story, set at Parihaka just prior to the government raid in 1881, is told from the perspective of a young girl who was living there. The author’s great-grandmother was living at Parihaka at that time, and the story is partially based on oral history.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cicadas, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngā Tātarakihi, Parihaka, passive resistance, Taranaki, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Waiting for toni cover.

    Waiting for Toni

    This play is a parody of Waiting for Godot, the classic play by Samuel Beckett in which, famously, nothing happens. In addition to being performed by a group of students, all plays are literacy texts and can be used to explore ideas, language, and dialogue.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acting, drama, humour, language, oral language, performance, play, theatre of the absurd

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Meme and me cover.

    MeMe and Me

    Life with a new phone spins out of control.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, fantasy, friendship, horror, smartphones, technology, texting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Man and sea cover.

    Man and Sea

    What are the marks of Tataua – and what does it mean to receive them?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: courage, family, leadership, Pasifika, responsibility, rites of passage, Sāmoa, Tataua, tattooing, traditional stories, Uliuli

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Wildboy cover.

    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich

    by Stephanie Chamberlin

    One boy's journey and what he learnt along the way.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: ADHD, adventure, Brando Yelavich, change, communication, courage, foraging, isolation, journeys, New Zealand, outdoors, personal identity, rites of passage, self-discovery, survival, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Surge cover.

    Surge

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    A poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: coastline, exploration, Jenny Bornholdt, nature, ocean, outdoors, poetry, sea, shore

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • School journal november 2014.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Match Report
    Kauri Island  
    Battle  
    Close to the Edge  
    Poems The Embarrassment Expert  
    Articles Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars
    Fair Chocolate

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Match report.

    Match Report

    SJ cover image.

    by Kate De Goldi

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    This tale of a boy telling his grandfather about a cricket match sounds simple, but the clever text structure and extensive use of the language of cricket makes it a very rich text that can be revisited many times for different purposes. The theme of relationships between the generations is conveyed powerfully and in ways that students will recognise.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cricket, old folks home, retirement, Grandad, Grandpa, storytelling, humour, tales

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Kauri island.

    Kauri Island

    SJ cover image.

    by Amy Head

    illustrations by Bob Kerr

    A new land – and a new friendship

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: history, trees, kauri, logging, felling, settlers, danger

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Battle.

    Battle

    SJ cover image.

    by Maria Samuela

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    Timiona must keep his cool in the heat of battle.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: krumping, playground, dance, competition, belief

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Close to the edge.

    Close to the Edge

    SJ cover image.

    By Cecile Kruger

    Winner of the 2014 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: post apocalyptic, science fiction, water, refugee, student writing, Elsie Locke

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    The new zealand wars.

    Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars

    SJ cover image.

    by Ross Calman

    “The New Zealand Wars” describes the wars fought between 1845 and 1872. The wars were about who controlled the country and who owned the land. This long and fascinating article explains the circumstances of the wars, including the areas and tribes involved. There are good general descriptions of the main confrontations and key players, both Māori and British. The text is written by a Māori author who presents a balanced account of the wars and their impacts. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: history, war, Māori, Waikato, Taranaki, war, Te Kooti, Tītokowaru, British Empire, land, settlers, pā, Kīngitanga

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Fair chocolate.

    Fair Chocolate

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    The article “Fair Chocolate” is about a Christchurch company and its decision to deal directly with cacao producers on the other side of the world and make its own chocolate. Within this context, the article traverses economics, fair trade, and business practices.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fair trade, chocolate, business, profits, workers, consumers, factory, shareholder

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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    Embarrassment expert.

    The Embarrassment Expert

    SJ cover image.

    by Ashleigh Young

    illustration by Rachel Walker

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: embarrassment, poem, poetry, metaphor, simile

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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