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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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  • School Journal Level 2 May 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 May 2020

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

        Audio TSM
    Articles Monsters
    Our First Olympians  
    Poem Megabyte  
    Play Let’s Vote on It!  
    Story Kupe and the Giant Wheke

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Monsters.

    Monsters

    by Tricia Glensor, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This article describes a selection of mythical creatures and monsters from around the world, including Kāhui Tipua (Aotearoa), Afinemata/Gāhehelevao (Tokelau), kraken (Norway), oni (Japan), sphinx (Ancient Greece and North Africa), dragons (Asia and Europe), chinthe (Myanmar/Cambodia/Laos), and the bunyip (Australia), and discusses the possible origins of such creatures and some of the reasons for their universal appeal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Afinemata, bunyip, chinthe, creature, culture, dragon, fear, Gāhehelevao, kāhui tipua, kraken, monster, oni, sphinx, story, storytelling, tale, traditional story

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Our First Olympians.

    Our First Olympians

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    “Faster, higher, stronger ...” The Olympic Games have been a source of international interest and entertainment since the late nineteenth century. This article provides information on some of our earliest Olympians, with a particular focus on the four athletes who attended the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. It was the first year that Aotearoa New Zealand had sent an independent national team to the games, and despite facing additional challenges of distance and expense, all four athletes made the finals with one winning a bronze medal. The final paragraph of the article extols the benefits of aiming high and working hard to achieve a goal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1920, achievement, athlete, competition, Darcy Hadfield, George Davidson, gold medal, Harry Wilson, heritage, history, inspiration, medal, national team, New Zealand history, Olympic Games, Olympics, Summer Olympic Games, sport, teams, Ted Morgan, Violet Walrond, Yvette Williams

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Megabyte.

    Megabyte

    by Greg O’Connell

    This humorous poem describes the poet’s pet monster and its dining habits. It links to the article “Monsters” in the same journal and shows how a topic can be approached in different ways. It also provides a model for students’ poetic writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: etiquette, humour, language, manners, monster, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, table manners, verse

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Kupe and the Giant Wheke.

    Kupe and the Giant Wheke

    A traditional story, retold by Steph Matuku, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This traditional tale features in the oral traditions of many iwi. It tells of how Kupe discovered Aotearoa while pursuing a giant wheke (octopus) across the Pacific. As he chased the creature around Aotearoa, Kupe explored the new land and named many places.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa, courage, creature, culture, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Hine-Te-Aparangi, history, journey, Kupe, legend, Māori, MASAM, monster, Muturangi, navigation, octopus, place name, story, storytelling, tale, traditional story, Te Wheke, waka, wheke

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Let’s Vote on It!

    Let’s Vote on It!

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    The author uses this light-hearted play to introduce ideas about voting, elections, and MMP. A monster is roaming the kingdom and causing mayhem. The characters come up with various ways to deal with the threat and then vote on the solutions. The resolution sees the problem solved peacefully through communication.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: cooperation, drama, fairy tale, humour, MMP, monster, parody, play, politics, proportional representation, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • School Journal Level 3 May 2020.

    School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    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 Kia Māia
    Ghost Walk
    Want Relief
    Play A Mugging in Maths
    Poem Bad Advice
    Articles The Longest Walk
    Changing Lives: The Omeo Story

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Look inside this issue

    Kia Māia.

    Kia Māia

    by André Ngāpō, illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    Jayson has just arrived in New Zealand to stay with his nan. He is staying at her marae preparing for an unveiling but is feeling out of his depth. With help from his younger cousin, Nikora, Jayson slowly feels his way, learning about tikanga Māori and how he, too, belongs.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, change, family, fitting in, growing, hura kōhatu, learning, Māori, marae, MASAM, teaching, teina, teina-tuakana, tikanga, tuakana, unveiling, whānau, wharenui

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Ghost Walk.

    Ghost Walk

    by Renata Hopkins, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    Grumpa wants to take a walk, but the narrator has other ideas. Grumpa wins, and the pair tour Christchurch’s Red Zone, where the narrator learns to see what’s no longer there – and ways we can preserve the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, Christchurch, community, earthquake, family, ghost, grandparent, history, home, loss, memories, red zone, relationships, screen time

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    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: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    The Longest Walk.

    The Longest Walk

    by Rebekah White

    The Rapsey family, including nine-year-old Elizabeth and her six-year-old brother, Johnny, spent just over four months walking the entire length of New Zealand. During this time, they lived a simple life, learning about the natural world around them and the various ways to engage with it. Rebekah White captures both the sense of adventure and the contemplative moments through her lyrical style, which contains some elements of creative non-fiction.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bush, challenge, change, exploration, family, forest, geography, growing, learning, mountains, New Zealand, outdoors, resilience, self-reliance, Te Araroa, tramping, trek, walking

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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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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    Bad Advice.

    Bad Advice

    by Tim Upperton

    Tim Upperton plays with poetic form, especially the pleasures of a tight rhyme scheme, to give readers some unusual “advice”. His poem is a homage to the nonsense text of Doctor Seuss, with a black-humour twist.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: advice, humour, language, parody, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, Tim Upperton

    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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  • School Journal Level 4 May 2020.

    School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    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 The Musician
    The Winning Side
    Muse
    Play Last Match
    Poem Leaves
    Articles Game Changers
    Feedback

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2020

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    The Musician.

    The Musician

    by Sarah Penwarden, illustrations by Elliemay Logan

    This family story captures the experience of forming a new relationship and how circumstances that are outside our control can end relationships. Equally, it’s about how families change – and especially about young people becoming aware of their parents as people with separate lives and with their own needs.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, change, family, loss, new partner, parent, relationships, separation, siblings

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    The Winning Side.

    The Winning Side

    by Sarah Johnson, illustrations by Craig Phillips

    This story references general elections, in the context of an election to a school council. “The Winning Side” introduces a few big ideas: the need for a platform, the importance of giving everyone a voice, and why we vote.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agendas, campaign, candidate, change, courage, decision, democracy, election, friendship, loyalty, politics, representation, school, speaking up, speeches, voting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Muse.

    Muse

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Mat Tait

    This is the third instalment in this series, which is set in a dystopian future. Although it follows on from “Hushed” and “Wind Chimes”, the story can stand alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: betrayal, change, courage, dystopian, escape, family, fascism, friendship, future, “Hushedʼ, Muse, Paul Mason, sequel, serial, survival, Tre, “Wind Chimes”

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Game Changers.

    Game Changers

    by Clare Bardsley

    The students at Newlands Intermediate have learnt that creating successful digital technologies requires a realistic, think-small approach – and that it’s OK to make mistakes. As well as attempting to build their own game, they were also part of a real-world software development team that developed and tested Mixiply, a platform for making games and apps that use augmented and virtual reality.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: augmented reality, coding, collaboration, cooperation, creativity, development process, digital, digital platform, gaming, MiniDevs, Mixiply, Newlands Intermediate, pivoting, planning, problem-solving, prototype, software development, students, technologies architect, technology, teamwork, testing, thinking, virtual reality

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Feedback.

    Feedback

    by Matt Boucher

    This article is a follow up to “Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge”. It explains the phenomenon of feedback loops – positive feedback loops, which can cause climate change to accelerate, or negative loops, which can lessen the factors that cause change.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: activist, albedo, carbon dioxide, challenge, change, climate, climate activist, climate change, deforestation, energy, environment, feedback loop, fossil fuel, global warming, greenhouse gas, negative feedback loop, permafrost, positive feedback loop, Sophie Handford, temperature, water cycle, water vapour, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Leaves.

    Leaves

    by Lily Ng

    This poem explores the relationship between the poet and her grandmother who was a refugee from China following the Cultural Revolution.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Cantonese, change, China, Chinese Cultural Revolution, culture, family, grandparent, heritage, history, immigration, language, migration, poetry, refugee, relationships, revolution, sacrifice, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Last Match.

    Last Match

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Alex Cara

    In 1866, the General Grant was sailing from Australia to London when it was shipwrecked on the one of the Subantarctic Islands. Of the eighty-three people on board, only fifteen made it ashore. A survivor later wrote about how the castaways only had six matches, with five "squandered". The lighting of the last match was a critical moment in their survival.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, characterisation, drama, fortitude, freeze frame, General Grant, group dynamics, history, leadership, play, process drama, resilience, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Kia Māia.

    Kia Māia

    by André Ngāpō, illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    Jayson has just arrived in New Zealand to stay with his nan. He is staying at her marae preparing for an unveiling but is feeling out of his depth. With help from his younger cousin, Nikora, Jayson slowly feels his way, learning about tikanga Māori and how he, too, belongs.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, change, family, fitting in, growing, hura kōhatu, learning, Māori, marae, MASAM, teaching, teina, teina-tuakana, tikanga, tuakana, unveiling, whānau, wharenui

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Ghost Walk.

    Ghost Walk

    by Renata Hopkins, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    Grumpa wants to take a walk, but the narrator has other ideas. Grumpa wins, and the pair tour Christchurch’s Red Zone, where the narrator learns to see what’s no longer there – and ways we can preserve the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, Christchurch, community, earthquake, family, ghost, grandparent, history, home, loss, memories, red zone, relationships, screen time

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

    Order this text

  • Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    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: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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