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  • SJ cover.

    School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Story The Sons of Ma'afu
    Play A Work of Art    
    Poem My "What If" Planet    
    Articles Kurī
    Cool Facts about a Hot Place  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2015

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    The Sons of Ma'afu book cover.

    The Sons of Ma'afu

    a traditional story from Tonga, retold by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Two brothers with a reputation for trouble try to redeem themselves by carrying out some perilous tasks. Despite their best efforts, the brothers fail to impress the other villagers. Instead, they are banished to live in the heavens, where they can still be seen. Tongan students will relate to a traditional story from their culture. Some students may also be able to make connections to the importance of stars for navigation. A final section provides factual information about the constellations mentioned in the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Humu, legends, Ma‘afu, Ma‘afulele, Ma‘afutoka, Magellanic Clouds, myths, Southern Cross, Toloa, Tonga, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Kuri cover.

    Kurī

    by Priscilla Wehi

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    A work of art cover image.

    A Work of Art

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "Your sacks of rubbish are the new installation – they represent hope for the future. It’s easy to see that you all care about the environment. "

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

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

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: art, community, environment, humour, installations, plays, rubbish

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    My 'What If' Planet

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

     by James Brown

    illustrated by Leon Mackie

    "On clear nights, I stare at the stars. My Space Facts book says they are suns, some a thousand times bigger than ours, some with planets orbiting them."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fantasy, humour, life on Earth, planets, poetry, science fiction, space

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    by David Hill

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This article presents a lot of facts about the sun and information about how the sun affects Earth. Although some of the concepts may be challenging, the writer uses humour and comparisons with familiar things to help readers get a sense of the enormous numbers involved. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alpha Centauri, astronomy, day and night, life on Earth, moon, seasons, Southern Cross, stars, sun, sunlight, sunspots

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    by David Hill

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This article presents a lot of facts about the sun and information about how the sun affects Earth. Although some of the concepts may be challenging, the writer uses humour and comparisons with familiar things to help readers get a sense of the enormous numbers involved. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alpha Centauri, astronomy, day and night, life on Earth, moon, seasons, Southern Cross, stars, sun, sunlight, sunspots

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • The Sons of Ma'afu book cover.

    The Sons of Ma'afu

    a traditional story from Tonga, retold by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Two brothers with a reputation for trouble try to redeem themselves by carrying out some perilous tasks. Despite their best efforts, the brothers fail to impress the other villagers. Instead, they are banished to live in the heavens, where they can still be seen. Tongan students will relate to a traditional story from their culture. Some students may also be able to make connections to the importance of stars for navigation. A final section provides factual information about the constellations mentioned in the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Humu, legends, Ma‘afu, Ma‘afulele, Ma‘afutoka, Magellanic Clouds, myths, Southern Cross, Toloa, Tonga, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • School journal may 2015.

    School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    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:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Jump!
    Three Bears    
    Poems Leap  
    Articles Just One Wheel
    Coronation Forest    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Look inside this issue

    Just one wheel.

    Just One Wheel

    by Kelly Dix

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    The students of Bombay School in Northland became keen unicycle riders when their school caretaker introduced the cycles a few years ago. Rather than having the usual sporting heroes, these students’ heroes are two young Māori from Northland who have achieved international success in unicycling.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: hobbies, sports, unicycles

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Coronation forest.

    Coronation Forest

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    by Fiona Terry

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: conservation, environment, forestry, trees

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Jump.

    Jump!

    by Chris Szekely

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    In this story, about a Māori family in a contemporary setting, the relationships between Uncle Hōne, Pānia, and Matiu are very realistically portrayed. Students will recognise the teasing and banter between the uncle, sister, and brother. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bungy jumping, courage, families, humour, siblings, tuakana-teina

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Three bears.

    Three Bears

    by Diana Noonan

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

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

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: families, parents, separation

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Leap

    Leap

    by Selina Powell

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    In this dreamy poem, a girl reflects on a summer in which she “took the chance” to leap into the sea. The poem uses an extended image of the passing of time to emphasise how important the leap was: she will remember what being in mid-air felt like long after other reminders of the day have gone.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: courage, feelings, memories, poetry, summer holidays

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

    Order this text

  • Just one wheel.

    Just One Wheel

    by Kelly Dix

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    The students of Bombay School in Northland became keen unicycle riders when their school caretaker introduced the cycles a few years ago. Rather than having the usual sporting heroes, these students’ heroes are two young Māori from Northland who have achieved international success in unicycling.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: hobbies, sports, unicycles

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Coronation forest.

    Coronation Forest

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    by Fiona Terry

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: conservation, environment, forestry, trees

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

    Order this text

  • Jump.

    Jump!

    by Chris Szekely

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    In this story, about a Māori family in a contemporary setting, the relationships between Uncle Hōne, Pānia, and Matiu are very realistically portrayed. Students will recognise the teasing and banter between the uncle, sister, and brother. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bungy jumping, courage, families, humour, siblings, tuakana-teina

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

    Order this text

  • Three bears.

    Three Bears

    by Diana Noonan

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

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

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: families, parents, separation

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

    Order this text

  • Leap

    Leap

    by Selina Powell

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    In this dreamy poem, a girl reflects on a summer in which she “took the chance” to leap into the sea. The poem uses an extended image of the passing of time to emphasise how important the leap was: she will remember what being in mid-air felt like long after other reminders of the day have gone.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: courage, feelings, memories, poetry, summer holidays

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

    Order this text

  • School journal may 2015.

    School Journal Level 3 May 2015

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

        TSM
    Stories Bok Choy
    The Red Ball
    Grandparents' Day  
    Tautai
    Poems Following Gold  
    Articles Boy on a Bike
    Bright Fine Gold  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Boy on a bike.

    Boy on a Bike

    by Bronwen Wall

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “Boy on a Bike” is an article that celebrates the determination, focus, and commitment of a boy who sets himself a huge goal: to ride a bike the length of the North Island. The text will be engaging and enjoyable for most students, and it can be used as a spin-off for a variety of practical research projects. The many graphic features provide strong support and keep up the interest as we learn about Mac’s reasons for the ride, his preparation, and his dad’s support.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bicycles, bikes, challenge, fitness, fundraising, geography, journey, maps, North Island, sports, training

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Bright fine gold.

    Bright Fine Gold

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Miners from all over the world flocked to Otago in the 1860s.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Bok choy.

    Bok Choy

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “He glared at the figure of Ah Sum moving slowly down the street …”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration, prejudice, racial discrimination

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    The red ball.

    The Red Ball

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Aki Fukuoka

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “The Red Ball” is a contemporary story, with elements of fairy tales and cautionary stories. Students will enjoy reading about a fairy who helps to get rid of a girl’s high-achieving sister. As with many traditional tales, “The Red Ball” incorporates a problem with a test and a dilemma for the main character. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fairy tales, jealousy, magical powers, other worlds, parody, siblings, sisters, spells, twins

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Grandparents day.

    Grandparents’ Day

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    For Isla’s grandparents, the long trip from Nelson is only the beginning.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: family, grandparents, humour, school

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Tautai.

    Tautai

    by Sisilia Eteuati

    illustrations by Mose Eteuati

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    This contemporary story is about a boy and his love of planes, but students will also read about the importance of his name and how a chance meeting helped him gain confidence. Samoan students will identify with Lagi, and all students will enjoy his enthusiasm and excitement as he sets off on his first trip to Sāmoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aeroplanes, family, flying, friendship, identity, Pasifika, relationships, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Following gold.

    Following Gold

    by Chris Tse

    illustration by Thaw Naing

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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