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    Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Look inside this issue

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    Voyage of Exploration

    by Elinor Chisholm

    In “Voyage of Exploration”, students read about the marine diversity in New Zealand’s territorial waters and the process that NIWA scientists use to classify organisms.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Catch My Drift

    by Sarah Wilcox

    In “Catch My Drift”, students learn about phytoplankton, the key producers in the ocean. Phytoplankton play a similar role to land plants, producing the carbohydrates and oxygen that marine consumers depend on. Phytoplankton also play an important role in the carbon cycle.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

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    Who's Eating Who

    by Bronwen Wall

    “Who’s Eating Who?” introduces students to some of the creatures in the Antarctic food web. Students learn about some of the adaptations that enable these animals to survive in the harsh Antarctic environment.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

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    Taking the Bait

    by Kate Potter

    In this article, students learn about the development of the underwater bait setter. This device is designed to reduce the number of seabirds harmed through long-line fishing.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

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    Skin and Bones

    by Rebecca McLeod

    In “Skin and Bones” students are introduced to the fascinating communities that develop in the carcasses of whales on the ocean floor.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

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    Spying on Starfish

    by Rebecca McLeod

    In “Spying on Starfish”, students are introduced to the work of Dr Miles Lamare, who tested a new tagging technique that could be used on sea stars. Although tagging marine animals is a common practice, tagging a sea star presented Dr Lamare and his team with several challenges.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Voyage of exploration cover image.

    Voyage of Exploration

    by Elinor Chisholm

    In “Voyage of Exploration”, students read about the marine diversity in New Zealand’s territorial waters and the process that NIWA scientists use to classify organisms.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Catch my drift cover image.

    Catch My Drift

    by Sarah Wilcox

    In “Catch My Drift”, students learn about phytoplankton, the key producers in the ocean. Phytoplankton play a similar role to land plants, producing the carbohydrates and oxygen that marine consumers depend on. Phytoplankton also play an important role in the carbon cycle.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Who's eating who cover image.

    Who's Eating Who

    by Bronwen Wall

    “Who’s Eating Who?” introduces students to some of the creatures in the Antarctic food web. Students learn about some of the adaptations that enable these animals to survive in the harsh Antarctic environment.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Taking the bait cover image.

    Taking the Bait

    by Kate Potter

    In this article, students learn about the development of the underwater bait setter. This device is designed to reduce the number of seabirds harmed through long-line fishing.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Skin and bones cover image.

    Skin and Bones

    by Rebecca McLeod

    In “Skin and Bones” students are introduced to the fascinating communities that develop in the carcasses of whales on the ocean floor.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Spying on starfish cover image.

    Spying on Starfish

    by Rebecca McLeod

    In “Spying on Starfish”, students are introduced to the work of Dr Miles Lamare, who tested a new tagging technique that could be used on sea stars. Although tagging marine animals is a common practice, tagging a sea star presented Dr Lamare and his team with several challenges.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

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    Splish Splash

    A compilation of favourite poems from the Junior Journal.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Bedtime Cat

    Poem card

    Should cats sleep inside or outside? This poem gives both sides of the argument and encourages children to think critically. (Part of Set 2.)

    Download the full size PDF using the Text link.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Planet earth and beyond strand of the curriculum.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

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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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    Rūaumoko Rages

    by Bronwen Wall

    “Rūaumoko Rages” explains how volcanoes are formed, introduces the various kinds of volcanoes, and outlines features of New Zealand’s volcanic landscape.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Taupō

    by Alan Bagnall

    This article describes what we know about the huge volcanic explosion that formed Lake Taupō. It looks at some of the effects of this eruption that can be seen in the landscape and how scientists piece together the evidence about this eruption.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Time Capsules

    by Ken Benn

    This article describes how the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed nearly 2000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, were preserved by the eruption and now show people what life was like in these cities long ago. Modern technology has allowed archaeologists to excavate the volcanic ash and to discover details about the eruption and about the artefacts that remain.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Technological practice, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Publication date: January 2011

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