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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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  • Take a closer look cover.

    Take a Closer Look

    Connected 2 2013 cover image.

    by Margaret Cahill

    Scientists are detectives. They try to solve the mysteries of nature. They use all their senses to find out what life, the world, and the universe are up to.

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

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

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

    Publication date: January 2013

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    School Journal Level 4 June 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 King and Country
    Sky-high  
    Poems Dawn Service  
    Articles Underground Soldiers 
    Lest We Forget   
    The Children’s War 

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2014

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    The Children’s War

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Jock Phillips

    After a general introduction and overview of the First World War, the article describes how the New Zealand government used a variety
    of methods to encourage children to support the war effort. One method was to use the School Journal to give children positive stories
    (avoiding the harsher realities) and articles about exemplary “Empire heroes”. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, children, Passchendaele, flag, patriotism, school, memorials, New Zealand

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Lest We Forget

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Jane Tolerton

    Soldiers remembering the war in their own words …

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: First World War, Battle of Somme, National War Memorial, history, British Empire, Gallipoli, shell shock, interviews, oral history

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Underground Soldiers

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Ashleigh Young

    In a straightforward report (supported with period photographs, a map, and a detailed diagram), this article shows the huge risks that were taken by New Zealand tunnellers during the First World War. The job of the tunnellers was to attack German positions from underground and so reduce the risks to Allied soldiers in no-man’s land. The tunnels also provided areas where wounded soldiers could be treated. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Arras tunnels, non- fiction, history, geophones, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2015

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    Dawn Service

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Ashleigh Young

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Anzacs, memorial, grandfathers, poetry, pilots, poem

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    King and Country

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This fictionalised story is based on the controversial issue of Māori fighting for the British Empire during the First World War. Students will need some knowledge about the history of our race relations and, in particular, the colonisation of Aotearoa by the British. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, Māori soldiers, marae, Māori language, Pākehā/Māori relations, rugby, Māori conscription

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Sky-high

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    By Robert Sullivan

    Illustrations by Tim Gibson

    Beneath the town of Arras, on the Western Front, it’s a race against time.

     
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    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Waihi, Arras tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, graphic novel, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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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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    Living with a Volcano

    by Bronwen Wall

    “Living with a Volcano” gives examples of how volcanic activity can affect the lives of people around the world. The text explains that although volcanoes can be dangerous, they can also benefit people and the land.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Bugbix for Breakfast

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

     by Bronwen Wall

    This article tackles a topic that many people feel squeamish about: eating insects. The writer explains that many people around the world eat insects as a normal part of their diet. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bugs, cricket flour, diet, edible insects, entomophagists, entomophagy, environment, famine, food, health, insects, wētā, wild food

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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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 - 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 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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    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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    Keeping Promises: The Treaty Settlement Process

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Mark Derby

    This article provides an accessible introduction to the Treaty settlement process. The content covers events from 1840, when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, through to the present day. The material is organised in to sections with brief, clear headings. It also includes a pop-up interview section with quotes from six Māori from different iwi who comment on the Treaty settlement process and what it has meant for them.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apology, change, claims, colonisation, compensation, Crown, grievances, Kāi Tahu, Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi, land confiscation, Māori, Māori Land March 1975, Native Land Court, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngāi Tahu, Office of Treaty Settlements, promises, protest, raupatu, tino rangatiratanga, Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty settlement process, Waikato–Tainui, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    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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  • School Journal Level 2 November 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 November 2020

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

        Audio TSM
    Articles Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin  
    The Kōrero of the Waka
    Story The Way to Play  
    Poem He Toi Whakairo
    Play Don’t Forget to Vote  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin.

    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin

    by Ingrid N. Visser

    This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: conservation, documenting, dolphin, endangered, environment, kākahi, killer whale, maki, marine animal, ocean, orca, Orcinus orca, research, science, sea life, stranding

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    The Kōrero of the Waka.

    The Kōrero of the Waka

    by Keri Welham

    Te Waka Rangimārie o Kaiwaka is a 25-metre waka at the entrance to Kaiwaka School in Northland. The waka welcomes people to the school and is also enjoyed as a kapa haka platform, a play area, and a quiet place to sit. The focus of this article is on the whakairo (carvings) of the waka, which tell stories about the Kaiwaka area and the school community. The article includes a profile of carver Tim Codyre, who speaks of the rich and changing traditions of whakairo.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, carving, change, culture, heritage, history, Kaipara Harbour, Kaiwaka, school, stories, taonga, Tim Codyre, waka, waka tāngata, wellbeing, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    The Way to Play.

    The Way to Play

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Room 6 wins the competition to design the school’s new playground, they are really excited. However, when it comes to deciding on the design, differences of opinion emerge and the students have to work through the conflict to come up with a design that will suit them all. This story provides an opportunity to introduce and discuss the acceptance and celebration of difference.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, compromise, debate, difference, friends, inclusion, perspectives, play, playground, school, understanding, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    He Toi Whakairo.

    He Toi Whakairo

    by Kelly Joseph, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This poem is about the art of whakairo, linking to the article about the Kaipara School carved waka in this Journal. It shows that a theme can be explored in various ways using different text forms. It also provides a model for poetic writing on a topic. Students will be able to think critically about the art of whakairo by making inferences and finding specific information. They will also be able to identify and evaluate the language features and structures the author has chosen for her particular purpose. It includes a glossary of te reo Māori terms used in the poem and a pictorial glossary showing four whakairo patterns.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: carving, craft, illustration, language, onomatopoeia, patterns, poetry, rhythm, skill, stories, symbols, taonga, waka, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Don’t Forget to Vote.

    Don’t Forget to Vote

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    This is a humorous play featuring the characters from “Let’s Vote on It” (SJ L2 May 2020). It’s based around the importance of voting so that you can have your say. The citizens want to replace the king – a vote is held, but the king forgets to vote and loses the election as a result. Plays provide opportunities for students to develop their oral language and performance skills. They will also be able to use the characters’ actions and dialogue to make inferences and interpret the play’s main message.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, citizenship, community, democracy, drama, election, humour, inclusion, king, monarchy, monster, play, responsibility, sequel, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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