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  • Star-gazing.

    Star-gazing

    by Maria Samuela, illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Star-gazing” is a fantasy while also being based, in part, on a traditional story from Mangaia, the second largest island in the Cook Islands. The “no place like home” lesson is spiced up with sassy dialogue and combative personalities, deepening its contemporary feel and appeal.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: adventure, belonging, Cook Islands, dreams, emotions, family, Matariki, navigation, Pacific, planet, science, solar system, solitude, space, stars, traditional stories

    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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  • The Art of Aute.

    The Art of Aute

    by Matahana Tikao Calman

    Little is known about the history of cloth-making in Aotearoa. This article is a useful introduction to a tradition that’s found across the Pacific. Nikau Hindin has led the way with its recent revival in New Zealand – both learning a cloth-making practice that’s been around for centuries, then using this cloth for her art.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, art, aute, culture, navigation, Nikau Hardin, Papatūānuku, paper mulberry, patu aute, stars, sustainability, tapa cloth, tradition, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Tuālima.

    Tuālima

    by Tusiata Avia

    Tusiata Avia writes from the child’s perspective as the narrator’s mother receives a tuālima (a tattoo on the back of the hand). Arranged chronologically, the author details particulars of the ceremony, sometimes using gagana Sāmoa terms, and sharing the attention equally between what’s happening and the emotions felt.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ceremony, culture, family, grief, identity, loss, memory, Pacific, poem, resilience, Sāmoa, Samoan tattoo, tatau, tradition, tuālima, tugfuga tātatau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Junior Journal 61 cover

    Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

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

        TSM Audio
    Articles The Invisible Force
    Amazing Magnets
    Kākahu Pekepeke
    Activities Investigating Magnets    
    Let's Race    
    Stories Maia's Magic Wand    
    Rua and Te Manu 

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: October 2020

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    The Invisible Force cover image

    The Invisible Force

    written by Johanna Knox

    “The Invisible Force” describes some of the characteristics of magnets and how these characteristics were first discovered and used. There are several other pieces on the topic of magnetism in this journal: a report that describes some ways that people use magnets today, a series of science experiments and activities, and a humorous story.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: compass, discovery, electro-magnetic, force, inventions, lodestone, magnetism, magnet, metal, science, technology, William Sturgeon

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Amazing Magnets cover image

    Amazing Magnets

    written by Johanna Knox

    “Amazing Magnets” describes some ways that magnets are used at home, at school, and in industries. It follows on from the earlier article “The Invisible Force”, which describes some of the characteristics of magnets. There are several further pieces on the topic of magnetism in this journal: a series of science experiments and activities and a humorous story.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: discovery, inventions, maglev, magnetism, magnet, metal, recycling, science, scrap metal, technology

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Kākahu Pekepeke cover image

    Kākahu Pekepeke

    written by Keri Welham

    This report describes taonga at Ōtūmoetai School, focusing on a very special whakairo (carving). It explains why the whakairo is a taonga to the school and the wider community. As well as speaking directly to Māori students, this story provides opportunities for all students to make connections to their own understandings about taonga, the arts, and cultural practices.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carving, comfort, history, identity, kākahu, Māori, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Ōtūmoetai, school, sculpture, spring, story, taonga, tradition, welcome, wellbeing, whakairo, whakapapa

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Investigating Magnets cover image

    Investigating Magnets

    written by Dr Sarah Kenworthy 

    We know that magnets can attract other magnets and metal objects. This is magnetic force in action. But do all magnets have the same amount of magnetic force? Let’s try some experiments to help us answer this question.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: activity, discovery, experiment, force, magnetism, magnet, metal, prediction, recording results, science, table, technology, testing

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Let's Race cover image

    Let's Race

    written by Dr Sarah Kenworthy

    Use magnets to make a racing game. 

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: activity, discovery, experiment, games, magnetism, magnets, metal, race cars, racing, science, technology

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Maia's Magic Wand Cover image

    Maia's Magic Wand

    written by Bill Nagelkerke

    Aunty Anna phoned to ask Maia what she wanted for her birthday.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: activity, discovery, experiment, games, magnetism, magnets, metal, race cars, racing, science, technology

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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    Rua and Te Manu cover image

    Rua and Te Manu

    A traditional story of Ngāti Porou

    Retold and illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This story, presented in a graphic text format, tells how Rua journeys under the sea to rescue his son Te Manu, who has been taken by Tangaroa. In the undersea world, Rua discovers beautiful whakairo (carvings) on the whare of Tangaroa and, after defeating the sea god, brings the art of whakairo to the world above the sea. Ideas about whakairo are explored further in the article “Kākahu Pekepeke” in this journal.

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arts, carving, comic, graphic novel, MASAM, Rua, Tangaroa, te ao Māori, Te Manu, toi whakairo, traditional story, visual art, whakairo, whānau

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

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  • The Invisible Force cover image

    The Invisible Force

    written by Johanna Knox

    “The Invisible Force” describes some of the characteristics of magnets and how these characteristics were first discovered and used. There are several other pieces on the topic of magnetism in this journal: a report that describes some ways that people use magnets today, a series of science experiments and activities, and a humorous story.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: compass, discovery, electro-magnetic, force, inventions, lodestone, magnetism, magnet, metal, science, technology, William Sturgeon

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

    Order this text

  • Amazing Magnets cover image

    Amazing Magnets

    written by Johanna Knox

    “Amazing Magnets” describes some ways that magnets are used at home, at school, and in industries. It follows on from the earlier article “The Invisible Force”, which describes some of the characteristics of magnets. There are several further pieces on the topic of magnetism in this journal: a series of science experiments and activities and a humorous story.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: discovery, inventions, maglev, magnetism, magnet, metal, recycling, science, scrap metal, technology

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

    Order this text

  • Kākahu Pekepeke cover image

    Kākahu Pekepeke

    written by Keri Welham

    This report describes taonga at Ōtūmoetai School, focusing on a very special whakairo (carving). It explains why the whakairo is a taonga to the school and the wider community. As well as speaking directly to Māori students, this story provides opportunities for all students to make connections to their own understandings about taonga, the arts, and cultural practices.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carving, comfort, history, identity, kākahu, Māori, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Ōtūmoetai, school, sculpture, spring, story, taonga, tradition, welcome, wellbeing, whakairo, whakapapa

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

    Order this text

  • Investigating Magnets cover image

    Investigating Magnets

    written by Dr Sarah Kenworthy 

    We know that magnets can attract other magnets and metal objects. This is magnetic force in action. But do all magnets have the same amount of magnetic force? Let’s try some experiments to help us answer this question.

    Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: activity, discovery, experiment, force, magnetism, magnet, metal, prediction, recording results, science, table, technology, testing

    In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: October 2020

    Order this text