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  • Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • People using sign language.

    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Renata Hopkins

    This article explores how attitudes to deafness have changed over time. The article includes a social history of the van Asch Deaf Education centre, which opened in 1880.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, cochlear implants, culturally Deaf, Deaf, deaf education, education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, identity, New Zealand, Sign Language, oralism, Relay, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, technology, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • New zealand birds cover image.

    New Zealand Birds

    by Bronwen Wall 

    This report describes the characteristics of some endemic New Zealand birds. As well as reading this book for interest or to support specific curriculum topics, you can use it to build students’ awareness of the features of non-fiction texts.

    #LFH

    Audio listing the names of each of the birds followed by its call is available below:

    New Zealand Birds audio (birdcalls) (MP3, 6 MB)

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2016

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  • Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Nz at war cover.

    New Zealand at War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    A timeline of the First World War

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: World War I, war, soldiers, Anzac, Anzac Day, Gallipoli, conscription, Battle of Somme

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • New new zealanders cover image.

    New New Zealanders

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    illustrated by Adrian Heke

    This article introduces readers to a family who have escaped war-torn countries in the Middle East and have now embraced the freedom and safety that New Zealand offers. However, settling as refugees has its own challenges. We learn about the reasons the Kaka family had to move from Iraq to Syria, on to Lebanon, and then to New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adapting, Assyria, Assyrian Christians, Baghdad, change, civil war, Damascus, difference, immigrants, Iraq, Lebanon, refugees, resilience, school, Syria, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Life in Aotearoa New Zealand

    This article describes the evolutionary development of life in Aotearoa New Zealand and addresses the question of why our flora and fauna are so distinct. It introduces and explains the concepts of evolution and adaptation and offers a brief overview of how the land itself changed over many millions of years.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars.

    Pā Tūwatawata and the New Zealand Wars

    This article describes the development of pā technology in the nineteenth century, as iwi and hapū defended themselves and their land against invasion. It explains how the basic features of pā technology were adapted in response to invasion by Pākehā – utilising the rich knowledge Māori held about their land.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Marcus thomas cover.

    Marcus Thomas: New Zealand Caveman

    interviewed by Susan Paris  

    Marcus Thomas: New Zealand Caveman presents an engaging account of why Marcus took up caving. His passion for caving as a child led him to contact the New Zealand Speleological Society, and he has gone on to explore many of New Zealand’s longest and deepest caves. The article is structured as an interview, with the interviewer’s questions forming the headings.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Ramadan is coming cover.

    Ramadan is Coming

    L2 cover image aug2013.

    by Marita Vandenberg

    Obay’s family has come to New Zealand from Saudi Arabia. The article describes his family’s daily life, then focuses on the activities that occur at Ramadan. Obay and his brothers attend regular school, and their mother maintains their Arabic learning at home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Ramadan, culture

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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