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  • Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries.

    Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    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 grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Animal X Factor.

    Animal X Factor

    The article explores familiar questions – why do we like some animals more than others, and does it matter? – but encourages the reader to look at it from a more critical, scientific perspective.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Kimihia Kermit.

    Kimihia Kermit

    This article describes how Ngāti Mutunga and students from Uruti, Mimi, and Urenui schools are working with scientists to find out which frogs are still living in their rohe (local area). It provides an opportunity for students to understand how scientific, local, and cultural knowledge can contribute to an investigation.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Sea Science.

    Sea Science

    This article describes a citizen science project carried out by three schools on Aotea Great Barrier Island. Concerned by the amount of marine debris washing up on their beaches, the students partnered with scientists from the University of Auckland to investigate what was happening and to take action to bring about change.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    The House that Dan Built.

    The House that Dan Built

    In 2018, Daniel Turinsky, a student at Nelson Central School, entered a competition to design an eco-house using the computer game Minecraft. This article describes the thought processes Daniel went through as he weighed up different options to create his winning design.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Planet Earth and beyond, Technological practice, Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views.

    Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    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 grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Three Drones.

    Three Drones

    Most students will be aware of drones. This article describes three examples of how they are used in the world of work. By demonstrating their use within three different fields, the text builds awareness of how they work, how they are used now, and how they might be used in the future.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Betty Batham: Biologist.

    Betty Batham: Biologist

    This comic biography tells the story of Betty Batham, a pioneering marine biologist. Born in an era when a woman’s place in society was largely limited to home and family, Betty rose to become a noted scientist whose legacy in the sciences lives on.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Predicting Possibilities.

    Predicting Possibilities

    This article uses real-world examples to show how mathematics can be used to predict the possible outcomes of a range of human and environmental activities. It describes how mathematical models are created by defining and measuring key variables, designing an equation that shows how the variables interact, and using the equation to make predictions.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

  • Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond.

    Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    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 grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Maths Craft.

    Maths Craft

    This article takes a playful, creative approach to pure mathematics, guiding readers through craft activities that let them explore the properties of Möbius strips and mathematical knots.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement

    In: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Fake Facts.

    Fake Facts

    This article addresses the topical issue of fake news. Digital technology creates huge opportunities for us to create and share information but also exposes us to information that can be false or can do harm. The article encourages students to take a critical gaze on information and suggests strategies for evaluating what information is based on facts and worth sharing.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    Defending the Dark.

    Defending the Dark

    This article introduces the science of astronomy while explaining the issue of light pollution and practical ways of reducing it. It raises awareness of why this issue is so important for humans and our fellow creatures.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

    The Global Positioning System.

    The Global Positioning System

    This article explains the Global Positioning System – a technology that we’ve quickly become dependent on. It explains how it works and its benefits, while also prompting students to think critically about the risks of over-reliance.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Animal X Factor.

    Animal X Factor

    The article explores familiar questions – why do we like some animals more than others, and does it matter? – but encourages the reader to look at it from a more critical, scientific perspective.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Kimihia Kermit.

    Kimihia Kermit

    This article describes how Ngāti Mutunga and students from Uruti, Mimi, and Urenui schools are working with scientists to find out which frogs are still living in their rohe (local area). It provides an opportunity for students to understand how scientific, local, and cultural knowledge can contribute to an investigation.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Sea Science.

    Sea Science

    This article describes a citizen science project carried out by three schools on Aotea Great Barrier Island. Concerned by the amount of marine debris washing up on their beaches, the students partnered with scientists from the University of Auckland to investigate what was happening and to take action to bring about change.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • The House that Dan Built.

    The House that Dan Built

    In 2018, Daniel Turinsky, a student at Nelson Central School, entered a competition to design an eco-house using the computer game Minecraft. This article describes the thought processes Daniel went through as he weighed up different options to create his winning design.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Planet Earth and beyond, Technological practice, Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 2 – Wild Discoveries

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Three Drones.

    Three Drones

    Most students will be aware of drones. This article describes three examples of how they are used in the world of work. By demonstrating their use within three different fields, the text builds awareness of how they work, how they are used now, and how they might be used in the future.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Betty Batham: Biologist.

    Betty Batham: Biologist

    This comic biography tells the story of Betty Batham, a pioneering marine biologist. Born in an era when a woman’s place in society was largely limited to home and family, Betty rose to become a noted scientist whose legacy in the sciences lives on.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text

  • Predicting Possibilities.

    Predicting Possibilities

    This article uses real-world examples to show how mathematics can be used to predict the possible outcomes of a range of human and environmental activities. It describes how mathematical models are created by defining and measuring key variables, designing an equation that shows how the variables interact, and using the equation to make predictions.

    Series: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics

    In: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

    Publication date: November 2019

    Order this text