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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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  • Two tiger tales.

    Two Tiger Tales

    retold by Barbara Beveridge

    illustrated by Caroline Campbell and Ali Teo

    This book contains two folk tales in which tigers are outwitted by smaller animals. In “The Clumsy Tiger”, a tiger asks a cat to teach him to become quick and clever. The tiger learns fast, but there is one thing the clever cat realises he shouldn’t teach him! “The Competition” describes how a small but clever frog is able to scare away a tiger.

    The two stories are available as individual audio files for download:

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Treasure from the sea.

    Treasure from the Sea

    by Francesca Riley

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt 

    Treasure from the Sea is based on an actual event. Megan loves to stay with Nan and listen to Nan’s stories about the treasures she has collected on her beach walks, but Megan would love to find her own treasure and tell her own story. This narrative describes Megan’s holiday quest. She finds several objects but nothing really special until she notices a fish that has become stranded in a sandy stream on the beach. With help, Megan manages to get the fish back to the sea, safe from the hot sun and hungry seagulls. At last, she has her own story of “treasure from the sea”.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Toms tryathlon.

    Tom’s Tryathlon

    by Kristine Hornblow

    photographs by Peter Crawford

    In this recount, Tom talks about his first experience of participating in the Weet-Bix™ Kiwi Kids Tryathlon. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • The queen of spain.

    The Queen of Spain

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Freya Blackwood

    This recount of an imaginary trip on Grandpa’s boat The Queen of Spain mixes fantasy and reality. It links well with Dragon (Orange), also by Alan Bagnall. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • The lion and the mouse

    The Lion and the Mouse

    an Aesop’s fable

    illustrated by John Griffiths

    In this traditional moral tale, a lion catches a mouse but lets him go after the mouse promises to help him one day. Soon afterwards, the lion gets trapped in a net and the mouse comes to his rescue.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • That's the way.

    That’s the Way

    by Lino Nelisi

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    This dramatic narrative describes Animoe’s exciting experience of achieving her goal of playing in her mother’s kirikiti team. The text draws out the friendly, lively nature of island cricket and of Animoe’s parents’ pride in her performance. It’s available in five Pacific languages in the Tupu series, and audio versions in both English and Niuean are on Tupu CD Two, item 10625. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Skate champs.

    Skate Champs

    by Janice Marriott

    photographs by Diana Dobson

    This text recounts Luka’s experiences at the Skateboarding Championships and includes an interview. Luka also features in the Magenta-level book Off I Go! The sporting themes and specialised vocabulary link well with Tom’s Tryathlon (also at Purple).

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • Too many possums.

    Too Many Possums

    by Kate Boyle

    In New Zealand, unlike Australia, possums are pests and much effort and expense are put into trying to control their numbers. This report explains why possums, although seemingly cute and cuddly,have become such a problem. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Llamas

    Llamas

    by Fiona Terry 

    Cover image.

    In this information text, Fiona and her children visit a llama farm and go on a llama trek. Fiona shares what they learnt about llamas, including where they come from and why they are farmed in New Zealand.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, farming, lifestyle blocks, llamas, South America, treks

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • No more warts.

    No More Warts

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    JJ49 cover 70x100

    Buster has warts, and his friend Ellie decides to help him get rid of them. She asks her family for advice and then sets about making him a “cure”. See also, “FAQs about Warts”, in this journal. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: warts, cure

    In: Junior Journal 49, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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