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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Talking to the river cover

    Talking to the River

    by Clare Knighton

    “Talking to the River” tells the story of a farmer and a group of engineering and computing students from Victoria University of Wellington who collaborate to gather data about river pollution and publicise it. River pollution is a topical issue, and “Talking to the River” provides an example of people dedicated to making a difference. The article explains the impact cows can have on rivers and the importance of being able to accurately measure levels of river pollution. The university students overcome several challenges to create a prototype monitoring device that is fit for purpose. The reach of the project is extended exponentially by creating an app that tracks river improvements and allows users to upload photos to a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algae, algal blooms, citizen science, collaboration, data, endangered species, environment, farming, fish, Grant Muir, monitoring, Pahaoa River, pollution, problem solving, prototypes, rivers, RiverWatch, technology, Victoria University, water quality, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The Water Slide book cover.

    The Water Slide

    by Jane Buxton

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    In this simple but action-packed story, a child describes her experience of playing on a water slide with her dad, including her attempt to involve the family cat. 

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Testing the waters cover image.

    Testing the Waters

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Bronwen Wall

    How clean is the water in your river? Scientists are testing the health of the Maitai River. Find out what data they collect and what can be done to make our rivers cleaner and healthier for everyone.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Water worries cover.

    Water Worries

    L3 cover image april2012.

    by Rachael McMillan

    “Water Worries” combines explanations and persuasive arguments in a report that describes the serious water issues we face in New Zealand. The addition of a short procedural text tells how to make a water harvester at home.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: water, issues, New Zealand, procedural text, water harvester

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Publication date: April 2012

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  • Our Blue Planet.

    Our Blue Planet

    by Bronwen Wall

    Water is the basis of life on Earth. It’s everywhere, and it’s familiar to all students. However, many students will not be aware of how water changes form. The text provides an introduction to this aspect of chemistry and introduces aspects of the water cycle, which they will explore further when they are working at level 3 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, condensation, environment, evaporation, forms, freezing, gas, groundwater, ice, liquid, living things, shortages, snow, solid, water, water cycle, water droplets, water vapour

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Pirate crew.

    Pirate Crew

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Philip Webb

    Journal41

    Pipiana and her brother pretend to be pirates when their uncle takes them out fishing. But when the boat breaks down, they have to quickly become mechanics. The theme of water safety underlies this otherwise light-hearted text. The humour at the end could elude some students if they can’t follow the shift from pirate story to mechanic story and back again. 

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pirates, fishing, boat, mechanics, water safety, humour

    In: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Power cover.

    Power

    Sj level 2 aug 2011 cover.

    by Alex Taylor

    Where does power come from? Starting with some familiar electrical structures, the article traces the source of the power needed to charge an electric toothbrush. It follows the journey back from the power outlet in the wall, through roadside structures and transmission lines, to the waters of Lake Taupō. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: power, electrical structures, source of power, electric toothbrush, water, Lake Taupō

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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  • Hoiho.

    Hoiho

    Junior Journal 43

    Hoiho (a yellow-eyed penguin) is being pursued by a seal, and in this dramatic poem, the writer urges Hoiho to move fast and escape. Neither creature can move as well on land as they can in the water, and the descriptive, dramatic language, with frequent repetition of similar sounds, conveys a vivid image of the desperate “Wibble wobble, flip flop” pursuit. This example of a native bird in danger provides a thematic link to “Catching Mustelids” in the same Journal. 

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Hoiho, yellow-eyed penguin, seal, poem, water, native bird, danger

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Close to the edge.

    Close to the Edge

    SJ cover image.

    By Cecile Kruger

    Winner of the 2014 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: post apocalyptic, science fiction, water, refugee, student writing, Elsie Locke

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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