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    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

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • School Journal Level 2 November 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 November 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 Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin  
    The Kōrero of the Waka
    Story The Way to Play  
    Poem He Toi Whakairo
    Play Don’t Forget to Vote  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin.

    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin

    by Ingrid N. Visser

    This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: conservation, documenting, dolphin, endangered, environment, kākahi, killer whale, maki, marine animal, ocean, orca, Orcinus orca, research, science, sea life, stranding

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    The Kōrero of the Waka.

    The Kōrero of the Waka

    by Keri Welham

    Te Waka Rangimārie o Kaiwaka is a 25-metre waka at the entrance to Kaiwaka School in Northland. The waka welcomes people to the school and is also enjoyed as a kapa haka platform, a play area, and a quiet place to sit. The focus of this article is on the whakairo (carvings) of the waka, which tell stories about the Kaiwaka area and the school community. The article includes a profile of carver Tim Codyre, who speaks of the rich and changing traditions of whakairo.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, carving, change, culture, heritage, history, Kaipara Harbour, Kaiwaka, school, stories, taonga, Tim Codyre, waka, waka tāngata, wellbeing, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    The Way to Play.

    The Way to Play

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Room 6 wins the competition to design the school’s new playground, they are really excited. However, when it comes to deciding on the design, differences of opinion emerge and the students have to work through the conflict to come up with a design that will suit them all. This story provides an opportunity to introduce and discuss the acceptance and celebration of difference.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, compromise, debate, difference, friends, inclusion, perspectives, play, playground, school, understanding, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    He Toi Whakairo.

    He Toi Whakairo

    by Kelly Joseph, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This poem is about the art of whakairo, linking to the article about the Kaipara School carved waka in this Journal. It shows that a theme can be explored in various ways using different text forms. It also provides a model for poetic writing on a topic. Students will be able to think critically about the art of whakairo by making inferences and finding specific information. They will also be able to identify and evaluate the language features and structures the author has chosen for her particular purpose. It includes a glossary of te reo Māori terms used in the poem and a pictorial glossary showing four whakairo patterns.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: carving, craft, illustration, language, onomatopoeia, patterns, poetry, rhythm, skill, stories, symbols, taonga, waka, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Don’t Forget to Vote.

    Don’t Forget to Vote

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    This is a humorous play featuring the characters from “Let’s Vote on It” (SJ L2 May 2020). It’s based around the importance of voting so that you can have your say. The citizens want to replace the king – a vote is held, but the king forgets to vote and loses the election as a result. Plays provide opportunities for students to develop their oral language and performance skills. They will also be able to use the characters’ actions and dialogue to make inferences and interpret the play’s main message.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, citizenship, community, democracy, drama, election, humour, inclusion, king, monarchy, monster, play, responsibility, sequel, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • School Journal Level 3 November 2020.

    School Journal Level 3 November 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 No Girls Allowed
    Trouble in the Foodlands
    News for You
    Articles The Coprolite Hunters
    All As One
    Poem Huia
    Play An Interesting Situation

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2020

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    No Girls Allowed.

    No Girls Allowed

    by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story: Victor Rodger explores what it means to make a difficult decision as a group to protect the interests of one person in that group – and the cost of taking a stand. He also makes the point that some things are worth calling out, especially when they involve injustice.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, community, confidence, discrimination, fairness, family, justice, loyalty, prejudice, rugby, sexism, sport, team, teamwork, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Trouble in the Foodlands.

    Trouble in the Foodlands

    by Johanna Knox, illustrations by Toby Morris

    This detective story is another instalment in the Minnie Sharp series, the only continued storyline at this level. The distinctive tone – hard-boiled detective noir – ensures the story has an entertaining surface, and this is matched with an equally satisfying plot: Minnie is required to solve conflict in the Foodlands, the main farming district on Mars. The character, setting, voice, and themes will be familiar to those who’ve met Minnie Sharp, allowing for reading activities across multiple texts – but the story also stands alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: artificial intelligence, community, detective, fantasy, investigation, Minnie Sharp, mystery, police, robot, science fiction, sequel

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    News for You.

    News for You

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This story has a mission: to shed light on the concept of algorithms, in particular the ways in which they influence our access to news. Bernard Beckett takes the Covid-19 lockdown as his starting point, using this shared experience to provide humour and appeal. This relevant context also allows students to explore the idea that people have different interests and perspectives and that news on social media has been curated for the user and may not represent all aspects of current events.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: algorithm, change, Covid-19, current events, digital technologies, family, lockdown, news, privacy, social media, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    The Coprolite Hunters.

    The Coprolite Hunters

    by Neil Silverwood

    Photographer Neil Silverwood has documented the work of New Zealand scientists before. This time, they’re hunting for coprolites – fossilised animal faeces. Analysing this “treasure from the past” allows scientists to learn more about our endangered native bird species, including the kinds of habitats that once supported them. This is another useful article about the work scientists do and the many ways in which they continue to learn about our world.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: coprolite, discovery, extinct species, fossil, Haast’s eagle, Kahurangi National Park, moa, natural history, Otago, pouākai, science, scientist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    All As One.

    All As One

    by Susan Paris with Tahir Nawaz

    While Muslims account for a small percentage of New Zealand’s population, their community has had a high profile in recent years. This article provides a brief introduction to the community’s values, as seen through the eyes of four people involved with the Kilbirnie and Hāwera mosques.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: community, culture, family, hafiz, Hāwera, inclusion, Islam, Kilbirnie, mosque, Muslim, open day, Ramadan, religion, wellbeing, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    An Interesting Situation.

    An Interesting Situation

    by Jo Randerson, illustration by Ali Teo

    This play links to the concept of financial capability learning. Jo Randerson has created a situation that is humorous and relatable, with a clear context that allows for a careful explanation of credit and interest – and a great twist at the end.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: business, contract, dishonesty, drama, entrepreneur, finance, financial interest, financial literacy, humour, money, play, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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