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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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  • Rat on an octopus.

    Rat and Octopus

    retold by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Rat and Octopus, a tale common to many Pacific cultures, is retold here by Samoan writer Tusiata Avia. Students will enjoy finding out why Octopus has black markings on his head and why Rat and Octopus remain enemies to this day.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Fleeb watches tv

    Fleeb Watches TV

    Written by Yvonne Morrison 

    Illustrated by Josh Morgan

    When Nate and Rose first met Fleeb (in Fleeb Makes Scones), they discovered he was full of surprises. In this second story, the children have got used to having him around, but now Fleeb is acting strangely and household items are going missing ... What is Fleeb up to?

    Students will enjoy looking for clues in this humorous mystery story.

    Orange 2 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: The previous story about Fleeb: Fleeb Makes Scones (Green 2) Stories about solving mysteries or finding lost things: Lost (shared); The Missing Socks (Blue 2); The Hissing Bush (Blue 3); The Great Car Clean-out (Green 1); Treasure Island (Green 3); The King’s Birthday (Turquoise 1); Timo’s Shorts (Turquoise 2)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Taonga cover image.

    Taonga

    Written by Kiwa Hammond

    Illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When Mahi and her cousin Hani go to Nan’s house after school, they tell her about their school project – to write about something that is a taonga to them. After talking with Nan, both children realise what they will write about.

    While this story has particular relevance to Māori students, many students will identify with the ideas of whānaungatanga (special family relationships) and taonga (a treasure or something that is special to a person). 

    Orange 2

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Other stories about Mahi: Getting Ready for the Visitors (Red 3), Waiting for Rēwana Bread (Blue 3), Whai – String Games (Green 3. This story also features Hani.) Texts about special family relationships, particularly relationships with grandparents: Nanny; Matariki Breakfast (shared); Grandpa’s Birthday, Noisy House (Blue 1); Helping at the Marae (Blue 2); My Brother (Green 1); A Special Visit to Koro and Nanny, Two Homes (Orange 1); Kapa Haka, Te Pēpi Hou (Turquoise 2)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Greedy Cat and the Visitor

    Greedy Cat and the Visitor

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    When Nan comes to stay at Katie’s house, she brings her little dog Poppy with her. Poppy wants to play with Greedy Cat, but Greedy Cat is not interested. His back goes up, his tail goes up, and his claws come out. How will Greedy Cat cope with this unwelcome visitor?

    Orange 1

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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