Connected promotes scientific, technological, and mathematical literacy so that students can engage in a critical and informed manner with real-life science- and technology- related issues and authentic, context-based mathematical explorations.
Connected is published in three issues each year, aligned to curriculum levels 2, 3, and 4 for students in years 4–8, and supports literacy learning in these areas.
Connected is provided to all primary schools. Replacement copies can be obtained from Down the Back of the Chair.
From 2013, the Connected articles, text, images, and media are freely available to teachers and students on Google Drive.
Digital versions of each article are available on Google Drive using Google Slides. Google Slides is a free online presentation application that can be used on a range of devices, desktops, laptops, and digital whiteboards.
The TSMs for Connected+ are available digitally as downloadable PDFs and as MS Word documents for download and editing. Using the editable MS Word file, teachers can adapt the learning activities to meet the needs of their students and the context for learning.
Most of the images, text, videos, audio, and graphic elements for Connected+ are available for teachers and students to download and reuse for educational purposes. You must attribute the writers, illustrators, and photographers of any material you reuse. Acknowledgements are found at the end of each Google Slides article, and on the inside back cover of each printed issue. Some images are provided under a Creative Commons attribution-only licence. This material can be used by anyone for any purpose, as long as the creators are attributed. Find out more about the Creative Commons licences.
Individual files are accessible on Google Drive, and you can find these from a link on the first page of the digital version of each article.
The digital version of the first article in each issue of Connected+ has additional digital content, such as video, additional images, website links, animation, and audio.
The focus of the Connected 2015 series is on the Nature of Science strand and the science capability: Critique evidence.
Find out more about the science capabilities
Why Do Our Muscles Get Tired?
Operation Duck Pond
Learning from the Tangata Whenua
Heat It Up
Catching a Space Duck
The Science of Rongoā
Reconnecting the Brain
Lighting the Way with Solar Energy
A Sinking Feeling
Don’t Sit If You Want to Keep Fit
The focus of the Connected 2014 series is on the Nature of Science strand and the science capability: Use evidence to support ideas.
Find out more about the science capabilities
Garden with Science
Winning the Bledisloe Cup
Pop! Froth! Fizz!
Making Amazing Places
The Cardboard Cathedral
Rebuilding Christchurch with Amazing Ideas
The Tsunami That Washed Time Away
Beating the Wind
The Great Marble Challenge
Training for Success
Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes
Black is Back
The focus of the Connected 2013 series is on the Nature of Science strand and the science capability: Gather and interpret data.
Find out more about the science capabilities.
Take a Closer Look
What Alice Saw
Giving the Ocean a Voice
The Takeaway Table
Look out for Monarchs
Why Is the Moon Upside Down
A New Zealand Crocodile?
You Can Count on It
The Fish Highway
After the Spill
An Ecologist on Ice
Gather Your Data
Keep Your Cat Inside
Updated on: 10 Feb 2016
We are delighted to share the news that the Connected Series Connected 2013 - Level 2 I Spy, Level 3 Food For Thought, and Level 4 Are You Sure? have won the best resource in primary publishing in the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards.
Congratulations to the Ministry of Education, Lift Education and Chrometoaster for their work in producing this series.In awarding the prize to Connected, judges talked about how the resource prompted student inquiry and provided students with strong NZ content as well as opening a window to the wider world.The full list of prize winners is available online. We would love to hear how you and your students are using these fabulous resources in your reading programmes. Continue the discussion online.
Your feedback is important
Research is being carried out for the MoE on the implications of the print + digital model for resources such as Connected, Ready to Read and the School Journal. If you are working with students at curriculum levels 2–4, and using the latest issues of Connected with your students, we’d appreciate hearing your responses:
Feedback sent to Alex Collins will be used by the research team. It will also inform development of the next issues of Connected, activities in the TSMs and the range of additional digital content.