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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Lavalava.

    Lavalava

    by Lino Nelisi

    illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    In this personal report, Sofi, a girl from Niue, talks about her family and when they wear lavalava.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Shared texts

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Keeping Our Stories Alive.

    Keeping Our Stories Alive

    by Lana Lopesi and Grace Teuila Evelyn Iwashita-Taylor

    This book explores Samoan tatau in two parts: the first part is an interview with tattooist Tyla Vaeau and the second is a comic that retells how tatau came to Sāmoa. The interview with Tyla explores her Samoan culture, how she became a tufuga tā masini (electric tattoo artist), the process and practice of tattooing, and the significance of being a woman working with tatau. The comic retells the origin story of how tatau – and in particular the malu – came to Sāmoa through Tilafaigā and Taemā. The book links to the article “For the Ancestors”, published in School Journal, Level 3, November 2019, which recounts one woman’s experience of receiving her malu.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Endurance.

    Endurance

    by Paul Mason

    This book recounts the incredible survival story that followed Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914. After his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and later crushed by ice, Shackleton and his crew were stranded on the ice for five months before travelling in lifeboats to Elephant Island. A small group then sailed on to South Georgia and trekked through glaciers and over mountains to eventually find help.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020.

    Junior Journal 60, 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
    Story Mariri, the Flying Man
    Articles  Seashells
    Super Shells
    Activity Beach Buddy    
    Play Sleeping Tiger

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2020

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    Mariri the Flying Man.

    Mariri the Flying Man

    retold by Maria Samuela

    When Mariri, a great explorer, realises his homeland of ‘Avaiki has become overcrowded, he and his warriors set off to find a new home for their people. This traditional tale, featuring rich literary language, describes their discovery of an island (now called Atiu) and Mariri’s subsequent, extraordinary plan for getting back to ‘Avaiki to bring his wife to the island.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Atiu, ʻAvaiki, Cook Islands, courage, cultural heritage, ingenuity, Enuamanu, exploration, flight, flying, legend, Mariri, navigation, Pacific, potipoti, rakoa bird, traditional story, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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    Seashells.

    Seashells

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    “Seashells” provides information about the shells that can be found on New Zealand beaches. It includes intriguing facts and photographs. This article is linked to two other pieces in this journal: “Super Shells”, which describes some ways that people use shells, and “Beach Buddy”, a craft activity.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, beach, bivalve, camouflage, conservation, environment, Hamish Spencer, mollusc, nacre, oyster, pāua, pearl, sea, seashell, shell, shellfish, tide

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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    Super Shells.

    Super Shells

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    This report describes some of the many ways people have used shells, now and in the past. Much of the information is conveyed by intriguing, captioned photographs.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, collecting, culture, decoration, fishing, jewellery, Māori traditional art, money, mother of pearl, musical instruments, pāua, pāua shell house, pearl, seashell, shell, shell collection, tools

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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    Beach Buddy.

    Beach Buddy

    by Fifi Colston

    Shells come in all shapes and sizes. Next time youʼre on the beach, pick some up and look at them closely. What do you notice? What do they make you think of? Do they look like part of an animal? You could use shells to make a beach buddy, a crazy creature from the seashore.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: art, craft, decoration, instructions, modelling clay, ornament, process, shell, step-by-step, toy, visual art

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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    Sleeping Tiger.

    Sleeping Tiger

    by Vasanti Unka 

    While Tiger sleeps after a night of hunting, Rabbit, Elephant, Monkey, and Snake are awake and moving about. One by one, they discover the sleeping tiger and quickly move out of danger, but then foolish Frog comes along... 

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animals, drama, fable, foolishness, humour, jungle, language, moral, play, pride, repetition

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Mariri the Flying Man.

    Mariri the Flying Man

    retold by Maria Samuela

    When Mariri, a great explorer, realises his homeland of ‘Avaiki has become overcrowded, he and his warriors set off to find a new home for their people. This traditional tale, featuring rich literary language, describes their discovery of an island (now called Atiu) and Mariri’s subsequent, extraordinary plan for getting back to ‘Avaiki to bring his wife to the island.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Atiu, ʻAvaiki, Cook Islands, courage, cultural heritage, ingenuity, Enuamanu, exploration, flight, flying, legend, Mariri, navigation, Pacific, potipoti, rakoa bird, traditional story, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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