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Instructional Series

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

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  • Noisy house.

    Noisy House

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Rachel Driscoll

    When Aunty Fay, Joe, Millie, and Buster the dog come to stay, Robbie’s quiet house becomes busy and noisy. At first, Robbie is not very happy about the changes, but after the visitors leave, he discovers his feelings have changed.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Grandpa's birthday.

    Grandpa’s Birthday

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Rachel Driscoll

    It’s nearly Grandpa’s birthday, and the family decide it would be a good opportunity for a big family party. This text describes how they get ready and what happens at the party.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Nibbles cover.

    Nibbles

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Nibbles is based on a true story about a pet guinea pig trapped overnight in a flooded classroom. By the time the teacher gets to Nibbles, the cage is floating and Nibbles is swimming frantically. 

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • Waiting for rewana bread cover.

    Waiting for Rēwana Bread

    by Kiwa Hammond

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    In this story, Aunty shows Mahi how to make rēwana bread in the traditional way using fermented potato. Mahi discovers it’s a long process, with lots of waiting – but a delicious outcome. See also shared book Bread

    Blue 3

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • Helping at the marae cover image.

    Helping at the Marae

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Phillip Paea

    When Nikau and his whānau help out at the marae, Nikau discovers that his little brother, Tama, has his own ideas about how he can help. Helping at the Marae has particular relevance to Māori students, but many students will identify with the context of helping grandparents and working alongside other family members.

    Blue 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: April 2017

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  • Watching the Game cover image.

    Watching the Game

    by Emeli Sione

    illustrated by Jenny Cooper

    When Mika and Mum go to watch Tusi and Pati play touch rugby, they take Rocky the dog with them. Rocky enjoys playing with the tennis ball – but then he suddenly catches sight of the rugby ball on the field! This is the third story about Mika’s family.

    Blue 2

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Monster and child dancing.

    Monster at the Disco

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Monster and Jack are enjoying the school disco when, suddenly, the lights go out and the music stops – it’s a power cut! The problem of the lights is soon solved, but what about the music? 

    Blue 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Two children looking at a garden.

    The Garden Surprise

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrated by Matthew Haworth

    In this story, Milly describes what happens when her class plants carrot seeds at school. Everything goes according to plan until Milly and Sunil notice that one of Milly’s plants looks different from the rest. Her teacher, Mr Langi, shows her how to use an app to find out what the mystery plant is.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Crow flying.

    Crow Tales

    retold by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    Crow Tales contains retellings of two Aesop’s fables: “Silly Crow” (a warning about the dangers of flattery) and “Clever Crow” (about the importance of using one’s brain and of persistence and patience).

    Blue 1

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Tricky Rat.

    Tricky Rat

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrated by Richard Hoit

    When Rat sees two seagulls fighting over some bread, he uses a clever trick to get himself some lunch. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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