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  • Grin from ear to ear cover.

    A Grin from Ear to Ear

    Sj level 2 oct 2011 cover.

    by Tipene Watson

    A boy and his koro enjoy a day fishing together. When the boy reels in the biggest fish he has ever caught, enough to feed the whole family for dinner, he proudly poses for the camera with his catch. Readers will share his surprise when Koro then tells him to release the fish. By explaining that it will go on to produce more in the future, Koro shares his values and traditions about sustainability with his moko.

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: boy, koro, fishing, values, traditions, sustainability, moko

    In: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Publication date: October 2011

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  • Two people driving a spaceship.

    A Waste of Space

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    ""Warning!” said the ship’s computer. “Impact in –” Bang! Something slammed into the ship. Mia and Tane were thrown across the flight deck."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: environment, gravity, humour, pollution, rubbish, science fiction, space, sustainability

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Kutai fritters cover.

    Kūtai Fritters

    L2 cover image aug2012.

    by Charlene Mataio

    In this simple fictional recount, a young Māori boy, Kalani, describes an event that will be familiar to some students: gathering kaimoana with the whānau. The story demonstrates important aspects of the relationships within the whānau, including respecting elders and sharing of knowledge and tikanga (cultural concepts) associated with gathering kaimoana. The story illustrates the passing on of knowledge and experience from older whānau members (Koro, Dad) to the next generation.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: sustainability, respect, taonga, Tangaroa, food, tikanga Māori, fear

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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  • Plastic items.

    Plastic Planet

    Two students holding plastic.

    by James Brown

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Plastic raincoats, plastic rain. Plastic in our hearts and brains. Long after we’ve come and gone, our plastic footprints will live on."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: citizenship, environment, humour, plastic, poetry, pollution, recycling, rhyme, rhythm, rubbish, sustainability, verse

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Who froze farrell flint cover image.

    Who Froze Farrell Flint?

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    Minnie Sharp, detective, is the narrator of this science-fiction story. The setting is a futuristic research centre on Mars. Minnie has a mystery to solve following the discovery of a frozen scientist in the Cryogenic Storage Room. As she interviews the other scientists working in the laboratory, Minnie is gradually able to build a picture of what might have happened. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, cryogenics, deduction, detectives, ecological sustainability, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, mystery, science fiction, scientists, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • The Art of Aute.

    The Art of Aute

    by Matahana Tikao Calman

    Little is known about the history of cloth-making in Aotearoa. This article is a useful introduction to a tradition that’s found across the Pacific. Nikau Hindin has led the way with its recent revival in New Zealand – both learning a cloth-making practice that’s been around for centuries, then using this cloth for her art.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, art, aute, culture, navigation, Nikau Hardin, Papatūānuku, paper mulberry, patu aute, stars, sustainability, tapa cloth, tradition, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Bird sitting on a beach with plastic.

    The Plastic-free Challenge

    Two students holding plastic.

    by Deanna Ferguson

    When the Room 5 students at Motueka South School saw a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, they were inspired to take action. There’s a lot of media attention on how plastic is polluting the oceans, and it sometimes seems as if the problem is too big to tackle. These students show that it’s possible to make small changes that lead to big results.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Boyan Slat, challenge, citizenship, cooperation, environment, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, inspiration, Motueka South School, Ocean Cleanup, Pacific Ocean, planning, plastic, pollution, recycling, rubbish, sea creatures, social action, sustainability

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Tokelauan island in the water.

    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Iona McNaughton

    This report highlights the world-first achievement of Tokelau in using renewable energy sources (solar energy and coconut oil) for all its electricity. It explains why Tokelau decided to switch from using fossil fuels and includes comments from a Tokelau family that illustrate the impact of the change. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: atolls, climate change, electricity, energy, environment, fossil fuels, Nukunonu, Pacific, power, power stations, renewable energy, solar energy, solar panels, solar power,sun, sunlight, sustainability, Tokelau

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • A sunny field.

    Power from the Sun

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Maggie Twaddle

    This report describes the use of solar panels to make electricity and includes an example of a school that has been using solar power since 2008. Students from the school share what they have learnt about solar power, including the fact that solar power is a form of renewable energy. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arrays, Bayswater School, conservation, electricity, energy, environment, power, renewable energy, Sol, solar arrays, solar energy, solar panels, solar power, sun, sunlight, sustainability

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Designed for good cover image.

    Designed for Good

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philip Cleaver

    The New Zealand environment has been badly affected by introduced pests such as rats, stoats, and possums. “Designed for Good” follows the process of developing an effective and humane trap to reduce these pest populations. The article tells the story of the project, from the first “That’s it!” moment through to the production of thousands of traps, which are now in use throughout New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, design, ecological sustainability, ecology, environment, ideas, innovation, introduced species, native bush, pest control, pests, possums, predator-free New Zealand, predators, prototypes, technology, traps

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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