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  • Two people driving a spaceship.

    A Waste of Space

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    ""Warning!” said the ship’s computer. “Impact in –” Bang! Something slammed into the ship. Mia and Tane were thrown across the flight deck."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: environment, gravity, humour, pollution, rubbish, science fiction, space, sustainability

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Baskets on fire.

    Baskets of Fire

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Whiti Hereaka

    “Baskets of Fire” is a pakiwaitara – a traditional Māori story that explains natural phenomena or why something is the way it is. This pakiwaitara tells how the Ngāti Tūwharetoa explorer Ngātoro-i-rangi discovers Mount Tongariro and wants to claim it for his people.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: atua, explorers, fire, gods, Hawaiki, Lake Taupō, legends, magical powers, Māori, mountains, Ngāuruhoe, Ngātoro-i-rangi, Rūaumoko, Te Arawa, Te Hoata, Te Pupū, tikanga Māori, Tongariro, traditional stories, volcanic activity, volcanoes

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Plastic items.

    Plastic Planet

    Two students holding plastic.

    by James Brown

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Plastic raincoats, plastic rain. Plastic in our hearts and brains. Long after we’ve come and gone, our plastic footprints will live on."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: citizenship, environment, humour, plastic, poetry, pollution, recycling, rhyme, rhythm, rubbish, sustainability, verse

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Students and teacher performing tafoe.

    Tafoe O!

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Hio Kelemete

    Every Sunday, a group of Tokelau adults and children meet in Wellington to pass on cultural knowledge. Recently, artist and master carver Paulino Tuwhala guided the group through the task of carving foe (paddles), which they used to perform a tafoe (dance).

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: action songs, aganuku, belonging, carving, church, community, culture, dance, design, faith, fakatuatua, foe, generations, identity, kaulotu, learning, lotokaiga, lyrics, Pacific, paddles, performing, practice, song, tafoe, teaching, Tokelau, toki, traditions

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Bird sitting on a beach with plastic.

    The Plastic-free Challenge

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Deanna Ferguson

    When the Room 5 students at Motueka South School saw a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, they were inspired to take action. There’s a lot of media attention on how plastic is polluting the oceans, and it sometimes seems as if the problem is too big to tackle. These students show that it’s possible to make small changes that lead to big results.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Boyan Slat, challenge, citizenship, cooperation, environment, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, inspiration, Motueka South School, Ocean Cleanup, Pacific Ocean, planning, plastic, pollution, recycling, rubbish, sea creatures, social action, sustainability

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • People playing sport in a field.

    School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    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 Suckered  
    Dangerous Games
    Little Fisherman  
    Poems Kilikiti  
    Articles Fly Me Up
    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand
    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Octopus.

    Suckered

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    "Jason had issues with Maia. She was smart – as smart as him, which was part of the problem. But mostly, it was the way she was smart. Jason hated her fake look of surprise whenever she beat him. And he hated the smug little smile that always came after, the one only he saw. Maia thought she was better than everyone at everything. Well, not today."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: competition, evaluating evidence, fact checking, hoax, humour, information, internet, participating and contributing, quizzes, relating to others, school, sources, teamwork, thinking, tree octopus, websites

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Art exhibition.

    Fly Me Up

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Catharina van Bohemen

    “Fly Me Up” explores the artworks of Tiffany Singh, an artist who works with communities to create large, colourful installations that draw attention to social issues. Tiffany has Indian and Samoan ancestry, and her artworks are influenced by her personal explorations of identity, culture, and spirituality. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Auckland, citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, flags, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, heritage, hopes, ideals, ideas, India, installations, making a difference, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, service, social issues, social-practice artists, Tiffany Singh

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    People playing sports.

    Kilikiti

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Then there’s kilikiti. Kee-lee-kee-tee (perfect – top marks this time). Have a guess. What could it mean? Ummm ... Kittycat? Kilometre? Kitchenette? Nope! Try cricket (the game, not the grasshopper)."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, community, cricket, culture, humour, identity, kilikiti, language, Pacific, poetry, pronunciation, phonetics, rhyme, Sāmoa, sport, transliteration

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Person watching tv.

    Dangerous Games

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    After successfully capturing Mirtha Dare-Sweetly in “Who Froze Farrell Flint?” (School Journal, Level 3, May 2017), super-sleuth kid-detective Minnie Sharp is back on the trail. In “Dangerous Games”, a masked protester has interrupted a television broadcast and a bodyguard is in critical care after being poisoned with a strange new bacteria. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, crime noir, deduction, detectives, environment, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, Minnie Sharp, mystery, science fiction, sequels, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    People using sign language.

    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Renata Hopkins

    This article explores how attitudes to deafness have changed over time. The article includes a social history of the van Asch Deaf Education centre, which opened in 1880.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, cochlear implants, culturally Deaf, Deaf, deaf education, education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, identity, New Zealand, Sign Language, oralism, Relay, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, technology, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Person lying on a bed.

    Little Fisherman

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Caroline della Porta

    "It isn’t that Haylee hates them. She just likes it better when they’re not there: Tom and Tyler, Dayne’s boys. They’re not exactly her stepbrothers, but close enough."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, blended families, challenge, change, family, fishing, gender, holidays, relationships, siblings, stepbrothers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Jen Batten in a plane.

    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bronwen Wall

    In New Zealand, an eighteen-year-old named Jean Batten had a dream. She wanted to become the first woman to fly alone from England to New Zealand. So in 1930, the year she turned twenty, Jean travelled to England to learn how to fly.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: achievement, aeroplanes, aviation, courage, determination, epic journeys, exploration, famous New Zealanders, flying, goals, Gipsy Moth, heroine, Hine-o-te-Rangi, history, inspiration, Jean Batten, Percival Gull, pilots, records, resilience

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Octopus.

    Suckered

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    "Jason had issues with Maia. She was smart – as smart as him, which was part of the problem. But mostly, it was the way she was smart. Jason hated her fake look of surprise whenever she beat him. And he hated the smug little smile that always came after, the one only he saw. Maia thought she was better than everyone at everything. Well, not today."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: competition, evaluating evidence, fact checking, hoax, humour, information, internet, participating and contributing, quizzes, relating to others, school, sources, teamwork, thinking, tree octopus, websites

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • Art exhibition.

    Fly Me Up

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Catharina van Bohemen

    “Fly Me Up” explores the artworks of Tiffany Singh, an artist who works with communities to create large, colourful installations that draw attention to social issues. Tiffany has Indian and Samoan ancestry, and her artworks are influenced by her personal explorations of identity, culture, and spirituality. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Auckland, citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, flags, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, heritage, hopes, ideals, ideas, India, installations, making a difference, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, service, social issues, social-practice artists, Tiffany Singh

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • People playing sports.

    Kilikiti

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Then there’s kilikiti. Kee-lee-kee-tee (perfect – top marks this time). Have a guess. What could it mean? Ummm ... Kittycat? Kilometre? Kitchenette? Nope! Try cricket (the game, not the grasshopper)."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, community, cricket, culture, humour, identity, kilikiti, language, Pacific, poetry, pronunciation, phonetics, rhyme, Sāmoa, sport, transliteration

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • Person watching tv.

    Dangerous Games

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    After successfully capturing Mirtha Dare-Sweetly in “Who Froze Farrell Flint?” (School Journal, Level 3, May 2017), super-sleuth kid-detective Minnie Sharp is back on the trail. In “Dangerous Games”, a masked protester has interrupted a television broadcast and a bodyguard is in critical care after being poisoned with a strange new bacteria. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, crime noir, deduction, detectives, environment, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, Minnie Sharp, mystery, science fiction, sequels, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text