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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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  • Dragons dragons dragons.

    Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley

    In this lively, humorous, big book for shared reading, four fiery dragons are having trouble making friends.

    #LFH

    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

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Butterfly day.

    Butterfly Day

    by Judy Raymond and Room Ten, Maungawhau School

    In this factual recount, Room Ten shares their excitement when a monarch butterfly emerges from a chrysalis in their classroom. It includes an explanation, written by a child, of how a butterfly is formed.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1999

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  • Greedy cat.

    Greedy Cat

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Greedy Cat loves food, and his name suits him well. In this story, every time Mum goes shopping for food, Greedy Cat manages to sneak and eat something from the shopping bag.

    Greedy Cat is the foundation text about Greedy Cat, and students will be able to enjoy his further adventures in several guided texts. 

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Haere atu.

    Haere Atu!

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    In this lively humorous story, lots of people are enjoying themselves at the beach when two hungry sandflies, Namu and Sandy, arrive looking for lunch. The sandflies are delighted to see so much exposed skin but not surprisingly, the beachgoers don’t want to be eaten! The text is enhanced by some Māori vocabulary, the meaning of which is strongly supported by the context.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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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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  • Kahu and hokioi.

    Kāhu and Hōkioi

    by Ariana Tikao

    illustrations by Stevie Mahardhika

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cleverness, Haast’s eagle, hawk, hōkioi, kāhu, legends, Māori traditional stories, myths, trickery

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Haasts eagle.

    Haast’s Eagle

    by David Chadwick

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: archaeology, environment, extinction, Haast’s eagle, hōkioi, moa, myths

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • If.

    If

    by Elena de Roo

    illustration by Fraser Williamson

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: colours, fantasy, imagination, primary colours

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

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    Stories I Spy
    Helpful
    Poems Kākano
    The Inventor    
    Articles Seeds    
    Making a Road

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: February 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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    Making a road.

    Making a Road

    by Andrew Gunn

    JJ50 book cover.

    “Making a Road” describes the process of constructing a road, from the planning through to sealing and road marking. This information text is well supported by clear subheadings and other visual language features such as labelled photographs and diagrams.

    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: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: roads, motorways, planning, engineers, earthmoving equipment, vehicles, road safety, road surfaces

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    Seeds.

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: seeds, plants, germination

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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    The inventor.

    The Inventor

    by Greg O’Connell

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    JJ50 book cover.

    Series: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: occupations, inventions, poetry, humour, roads

    In: Junior Journal 50, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: February 2015

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