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  • Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge

    by Tricia Glensor

    Climate change isn’t only about warmer weather. A rise in the temperature means more extreme weather, including wild storms and heatwaves. Climate change also means more frequent droughts and wildfires, melting ice sheets, melting glaciers, and flooding.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: carbon dioxide, challenges, change, climate, climate change, climate-change refugees, eco-systems, emissions, environment, erosion, extreme weather, Generation Zero, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, Jan Wright, Kiribati, methane, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, problems, sea levels, temperature, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • No sun cover.

    No Sun

    Sj l3 may 2016 cover.

    "One day, the sun ran out."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, climate change, humour, ice age, poetry, Rotorua, sun

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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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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  • Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist cover page

    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

    by Claire Finlayson

    When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • After the Fire.

    After the Fire

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    “There were no sheep, no cows, not even birds – anywhere.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alpaca, change, climate change, community, disaster, drought, evacuation, family, farming, fire, fire fighters, friendship, rebuilding, rescue centre, resilience, volunteers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • People on stage at an awards ceremony.

    The Young Ecoleaders Award

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: awards, change, climate change, community competition, enviro-schools, environmentalism, humour, plays, recycling, satire, student leaders, working together

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Save the Earth Song.

    Save the Earth Song

    by James Brown; illustrations by Jo Tronc

    Poet James Brown explores the perils of inertia and disassociation when it comes to climate change. Implicit to the poem is a fundamental question: Why do so many people do nothing when we know the stakes are so high? This is a companion text to recent level 4 journal articles about climate change.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, climate change, cycle, disassociation, environment, group psychology, human behaviour, inertia, language, poetry, procrastination, responsibility, social action, taking action, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • The Bucket Man.

    The Bucket Man

    by Anna Smaill

    The last time it rained was the day I turned ten. I remember because that afternoon, I walked home from school for the last time. A half-hearted shower, over before it really started. Back when I was too young to remember, the government divided up all the land. If you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself. Our plot was steep and dry, so Dad and Mum built terraces.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: ancestors, ancestral knowledge, climate change, disaster, future, grandparents, inherited traits, tūpuna, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Across the Sea.

    Across the Sea

    by Hone Rata

    Ihaka’s first journey across the sea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, climate change, environment, fantasy, future, generations, journey, kaiwhakatere, navigation, post-apocalyptic, resources, responsibility, sailing, science fiction, tangata whenua, tīpuna, trade, tūrangawaewae, waka, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Global action cover image.

    Global Action

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Phillip Simpson

    This detailed article looks at the science and politics of climate change. It examines what global warming is, explores how scientists use computer modelling to predict the impact of climate change, and explains how scientific innovations in New Zealand could help reduce our agricultural emissions.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

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