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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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  • The Story of Rona.

    The Story of Rona (from Night is a Blanket)

    retold by Fran and Leon Hunia

    illustrated by Murray Grimsdale

    This text is a retelling of the dramatic Māori legend of Rona and gives an explanation for the markings that can be seen in the moon. You could listen to the audio for support with the pronunciation of the Māori vocabulary.

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • E kō, k kō.

    E Kō, E Kō - Morning Chorus (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Hirini Melbourne

    illustration by Peter Campbell

    This Māori song, with an English translation, encourages children to make connections to their experiences of hearing bird songs as the new day arrives. This poem is best used for shared reading. The birds illustrated around the poem are, anticlockwise from top left, grey warbler, stitchbird, tūì, saddleback, bellbird, and whitehead. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • The moon.

    The Moon (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Emily Dickinson

    photograph by John Drummond

    This short lyrical poem evokes images of the changing moon. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • Blue eggs.

    Blue Eggs

    by John Dekker

    This report describes the life cycle of a song thrush, how the song thrush came to New Zealand, and why some people consider this bird to be a problem.
    This text provides opportunities for students to find and summarise information and to consider different points of view. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • A gift for aunty ngā.

    A Gift for Aunty Ngā

    by Don Long

    illustrated by Judith Kunzlé

    In this sequel to A Quilt for Kiri (Purple), Kiri visits Rarotonga with her parents to meet Aunty Ngā and gives her a tīvaevae that she and her mother have made. This is a rich personal-experience narrative with many layers of meaning, which lends itself to expressive reading and can be returned to many times. These notes include background information about tīvaevae and some aspects of Cook Islands culture.

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • No big deal.

    No Big Deal

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    illustrations by Kelly Spencer

    JJ51 TSM

    This story introduces colour-blindness in a light-hearted but informative way. When Cody goes back to school after the holidays, he can’t see why his friends are so excited about the repaint of the school. As the story progresses, his classmate Gemma notices Cody is behaving oddly. She eventually realises Cody is showing similar behaviours to her brother who is colour-blind. Could Cody be colour-blind too?

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: disability, colour-blindness, friendship, colours, red-green

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Colourful World.

    Living in a Colourful World

    by Bronwen Wall

    JJ51 TSM

    This article explains colour-blindness, a condition that is quite widespread but that many people are unaware of. The text also provides an insight into what the world is like for those who are colour-blind.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: colour-blindness, colours, disability, primary colours, red-green colour-blind

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • I spy.

    I Spy

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrations by Vasanti Unka

    JJ50 book cover.

    This humorous science fiction story is about two creatures, Pebble and Stone, who live on the planet Rock 2. One day, a spacecraft visits and leaves an unusual object behind. As the story progresses, Pebble and Stone notice the object changing and invent new words to describe what they are seeing. The story ends with a delicious surprise for the characters.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: science fiction, seeds, mystery, space, plants, games, vocabulary, etymology

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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  • Helpful.

    Helpful

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    JJ50 book cover.

    Grandad wants Vika and Kele to help him in the garden, but they don’t share his enthusiasm. Vika manages to come up with an excuse, leaving Kele with all the work, but then the tables are turned and Vika becomes the one who has to help Grandad. The humour in this story arises from the contrast between Vika’s attempts to get out of helping, Dad’s determination to make sure she does her fair share, and Grandad’s lack of awareness that anything is going on. These characters also appear in “Kele’s Car” (Gold 2) in JJ 49.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: family, responsibility, gardening, helping, trickery, humour

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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  • Kakano.

    Kākano

    by Kelly Joseph

    illustrations by Damian Stones

    JJ50 book cover.

    This poem describes a kākano (a seed) as taonga and explains what makes it special. “Kākano” is inspired by the Māori proverb: Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu – although small, it is precious. The poem includes te reo Māori words and phrases that are supported by context, illustrations, sentence structure, and a glossary. This poem provides opportunities for students who are familiar with te reo Māori to share their knowledge.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: seeds, plants, germination, taonga, treasures, poetry

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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