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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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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 August 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
    Article Taranaki Views  
    Stories The Story of Taranaki
    Magō!
    Poem Come and Meet the Water Whānau  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • School Journal Level 3 August 2020.

    School Journal Level 3 August 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 Waiting
    The Polterheist
    Star-gazing
    Articles Born to Run
    Roar
    The Art of Aute
    Poem Tuālima

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Waiting.

    Waiting

    by Nadine Anne Hura, illustrations by Zoe Hannay

    This is a gentle story with a twist, which is revealed in the final illustration. While most School Journal stories are set over a few hours or days, this piece has an unusually long timeframe: nine months. During this time, Bella learns a more positive way to count the days – by noticing the seasons change and trusting that something is happening, even though it may appear otherwise.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: absent parents, change, divorce, family, friendship, gardening, neighbours, patience, pets, relationships, resilience, seasons, separation, time, waiting

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Polterheist.

    The Polterheist

    by James Brown, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    “The Polterheist” is a comic story, deftly handled and with a tight focus, spinning great entertainment from a context many students will recognise – a school gala day. It provides a good model for student writing: taking the everyday and exploring its imaginative possibilities, with closely observed characterisation and a heavy reliance on dialogue to move the plot forward.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: crime, family, friendship, humour, pataphysics, poltergeist, school, school fair, school gala

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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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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  • Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 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

    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

    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

    written by Dr Sarah Kenworthy 

    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

    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

    written by Bill Nagelkerke

    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.

    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

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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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