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  • Changing Lives: The Omeo Story.

    Changing Lives: The Omeo Story

    by Lucy Corry

    Kevin Halsall is an engineer and inventor who likes to solve problems. Over a four-year period, he designed and built the Omeo: a ground-breaking mobility device that gives people much greater freedom than a traditional wheelchair. In this article, Kevin discusses his motivation and design process, and his friend Marcus shares the impact the Omeo has had on his life.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, challenge, change, design, development, disability, engineering, idea, independence, innovation, Kevin Halsall, Marcus Thompson, mobility, Omeo, problem, prototype, Segway, social media, solution, technology, wheelchair

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • A Mugging in Maths.

    A Mugging in Maths

    by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    This classroom mystery is solved by Ruby, a student who loves detective novels and who has honed her skills through reading. The author delights in mysteries and plays – and works both forms to their advantage.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: detective, drama, humour, mystery, parody, perseverence, play, process, school, teachers, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Polterheist.

    The Polterheist

    by James Brown, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    “The Polterheist” is a comic story, deftly handled and with a tight focus, spinning great entertainment from a context many students will recognise – a school gala day. It provides a good model for student writing: taking the everyday and exploring its imaginative possibilities, with closely observed characterisation and a heavy reliance on dialogue to move the plot forward.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: crime, family, friendship, humour, pataphysics, poltergeist, school, school fair, school gala

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Born to Run.

    Born to Run

    by Lucy Corry

    Arthur Lydiard was a New Zealand runner and athletics coach whose approach to training has left a lasting impact on the sporting world. Using speed and endurance-building techniques that he developed through trial and error, Lydiard coached several high-performance runners to Olympic success. A firm believer that anyone could be a champion, Lydiard played an important role in popularising jogging in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. “Born to Run” includes a profile of Lilly Taulelei, a year 10 student who has played for the New Zealand basketball team. She was also selected for an Asia-Pacific basketball team that played at the Global Championships in 2019. She shares her thoughts about what makes a good coach.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: Arthur Lydiard, Barry Magee, Bill Baillie, coach, cross-country, Empire Games, exercise, fitness, health, Murray Halberg, Olympics, Peter Snell, running, sports, sprinting, stamina, team, training

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Roar.

    Roar

    by Kathryn Mercer

    Hunting is hugely popular in New Zealand’s rural communities, and it’s often done within families. This article will be welcome reading for students who already hunt, giving them the opportunity to share their knowledge with classmates. Those unfamiliar with the past-time are introduced to the basics, especially the “why” of hunting and the different skills and pleasures involved.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: adventure, bush, conservation, country, deer, Department of Conservation, environment, family, hunting, pests, recreation, recreational, rural, sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Trouble in the Foodlands.

    Trouble in the Foodlands

    by Johanna Knox, illustrations by Toby Morris

    This detective story is another instalment in the Minnie Sharp series, the only continued storyline at this level. The distinctive tone – hard-boiled detective noir – ensures the story has an entertaining surface, and this is matched with an equally satisfying plot: Minnie is required to solve conflict in the Foodlands, the main farming district on Mars. The character, setting, voice, and themes will be familiar to those who’ve met Minnie Sharp, allowing for reading activities across multiple texts – but the story also stands alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: artificial intelligence, community, detective, fantasy, investigation, Minnie Sharp, mystery, police, robot, science fiction, sequel

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Coprolite Hunters.

    The Coprolite Hunters

    by Neil Silverwood

    Photographer Neil Silverwood has documented the work of New Zealand scientists before. This time, they’re hunting for coprolites – fossilised animal faeces. Analysing this “treasure from the past” allows scientists to learn more about our endangered native bird species, including the kinds of habitats that once supported them. This is another useful article about the work scientists do and the many ways in which they continue to learn about our world.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: coprolite, discovery, extinct species, fossil, Haast’s eagle, Kahurangi National Park, moa, natural history, Otago, pouākai, science, scientist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • An Interesting Situation.

    An Interesting Situation

    by Jo Randerson, illustration by Ali Teo

    This play links to the concept of financial capability learning. Jo Randerson has created a situation that is humorous and relatable, with a clear context that allows for a careful explanation of credit and interest – and a great twist at the end.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: business, contract, dishonesty, drama, entrepreneur, finance, financial interest, financial literacy, humour, money, play, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Kura Huna: The Art of Reweti Arapere.

    Kura Huna: The Art of Reweti Arapere

    by Stephanie Tibble

    Reweti Arapere learnt that the art he wanted to make was the art that emerged when he looked at the world through his Māori eyes. His giant cardboard and felt-pen figures help him to tell the stories of his whakapapa and of Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 3-D, ancestor, art, black, cardboard, creativity, felt pen, graffiti, hidden treasure, hip-hop, identity, kōwhaiwhai, kura huna, moko, pou kāri, Reweti Arapere, street art, stories, te ao Māori, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepou, Te Pō, te reo Māori, tūpuna, Rangimatua, visual art, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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