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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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  • At the beach.

    At the Beach

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Polina Outkina

    In this story, a family finds some interesting items at the beach, including a shell that wobbles! Students will enjoy the surprise at the end. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Science

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Fantail fantail.

    Fantail, Fantail

    by Margaret Mahy

    drawings by Bruce Phillips

    This very “New Zealand” text is written as a conversation between a fantail and an unidentified person, and it informs the reader about the food that Fantail prefers. The companion text Old Tuatara ends with the same climax – the demise of an unwitting fly.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Is that an earthquake.

    Is That an Earthquake?

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    A young boy wonders anxiously whether the movements and noises around his home could be an earthquake, and then, suddenly an earthquake does happen. The story incorporates a recount and an explanation and is told entirely through dialogue. There are safety instructions inside the back cover.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Lost.

    Lost

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    Finn tells Mum he has found a small lost creature in the garden shed. Mum doesn’t look at the creature, so she thinks Finn is playing make-believe. But she plays along and tells Finn that the lost creature will need its mother and Finn will have to find her. After thinking hard, Finn comes up with a plan. Mum is shocked to discover at the end of the story that Finn wasn’t making things up! This delightful fantasy story is actually a poem, narrated entirely in rhyme.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Me and my dog.

    Me and My Dog

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this poetic text, perfect for reading aloud, a young girl and her dog greet the morning with joy and enthusiasm. Alliterative, lively verbs bounce the text along and provide many opportunities for exploring language.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Monsters lunch.

    Monster’s Lunch

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    When Monster starts school, two of his classmates look after him, but at lunchtime, they are in for a big surprise when they find out what he has in his lunch box!

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Number one.

    Number One

    by Joy Cowley

    pictures by Jill McDonald

    This humorous, imaginative narrative features a mischievous ghost who likes to frighten people. The story is supported by striking black and white illustrations. Repetitive elements in the text provide support for less confident readers.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 1982

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  • Stick insects.

    Stick Insects

    by Dawn McMillan 

    This simple report describes what a stick insect is, where it lives, what it eats, how it keeps safe, and what its life cycle is. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Ant and the grasshoppers.

    The Ant and the Grasshoppers

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    This book for shared reading introduces the format of a play and is a retelling of the well-known fable. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Christmas jandals.

    The Crocodile’s Christmas Jandals

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    The crocodile loves his new Christmas jandals. But while he is at a beach barbecue, the waves steal away one of his blue jandals and all he can find is a left-foot red jandal. Later in the week, the crocodile wears the odd jandals to a football match. He discovers that he is sitting next to a girl who is wearing his jandal! They are both delighted to have found their missing jandals, and as well as finding his missing jandal, the crocodile is very happy to have found a new friend.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language resource e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2013

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