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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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  • 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

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  • Poi.

    Poi

    SJ cover image.

    by Tira Johnson

    illustrations by Martin Simpson

    Maia, who does not want to practise for the kapa haka festival, is given an opportunity to reveal her artistic strengths. She learns that she can make a valuable contribution to the team in her own way.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: poi, kapa haka, helping, making, creating, supporting, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Ugly.

    Ugly

    SJ cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: ugly, animals, protest, petition

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Idea city.

    Idea City

    SJ cover image.

    by Renata Hopkins

    After the quakes that destroyed much of Christchurch, many people came up with ideas to help bring the city back to life. This article recounts several of these ideas, many of which were small, temporary installations designed to raise people’s spirits. Note: Be sensitive to your students’ feelings as some may be experiencing difficulties post the earthquakes.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Christchurch, paintings, art, street art, gra iti, earthquake, creative, green space, garden, ideas, sharing, rebuild, buildings

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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