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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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  • 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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  • SJ cover.

    School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Story The Sons of Ma'afu
    Play A Work of Art    
    Poem My "What If" Planet    
    Articles Kurī
    Cool Facts about a Hot Place  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2015

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    The Sons of Ma'afu book cover.

    The Sons of Ma'afu

    a traditional story from Tonga, retold by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Two brothers with a reputation for trouble try to redeem themselves by carrying out some perilous tasks. Despite their best efforts, the brothers fail to impress the other villagers. Instead, they are banished to live in the heavens, where they can still be seen. Tongan students will relate to a traditional story from their culture. Some students may also be able to make connections to the importance of stars for navigation. A final section provides factual information about the constellations mentioned in the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Humu, legends, Ma‘afu, Ma‘afulele, Ma‘afutoka, Magellanic Clouds, myths, Southern Cross, Toloa, Tonga, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Kuri cover.

    Kurī

    by Priscilla Wehi

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    A work of art cover image.

    A Work of Art

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    by Simon Cooke

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "Your sacks of rubbish are the new installation – they represent hope for the future. It’s easy to see that you all care about the environment. "

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: art, community, environment, humour, installations, plays, rubbish

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    My what if planet cover image.

    My 'What If' Planet

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

     by James Brown

    illustrated by Leon Mackie

    "On clear nights, I stare at the stars. My Space Facts book says they are suns, some a thousand times bigger than ours, some with planets orbiting them."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fantasy, humour, life on Earth, planets, poetry, science fiction, space

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    by David Hill

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This article presents a lot of facts about the sun and information about how the sun affects Earth. Although some of the concepts may be challenging, the writer uses humour and comparisons with familiar things to help readers get a sense of the enormous numbers involved. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alpha Centauri, astronomy, day and night, life on Earth, moon, seasons, Southern Cross, stars, sun, sunlight, sunspots

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    Cool Facts about a Hot Place

    by David Hill

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This article presents a lot of facts about the sun and information about how the sun affects Earth. Although some of the concepts may be challenging, the writer uses humour and comparisons with familiar things to help readers get a sense of the enormous numbers involved. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alpha Centauri, astronomy, day and night, life on Earth, moon, seasons, Southern Cross, stars, sun, sunlight, sunspots

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Have you checked cover.

    Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Critique evidence.

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Why do our muscles get tired cover.

    Why Do Our Muscles Get Tired?

    Have you checked.

    by Zoe Armstrong & Dave Armstrong

    Have you noticed that exercising a lot can make you feel tired or sore? Sometimes when we exercise very hard, our muscles use oxygen faster than our body can supply it. This is called muscle fatigue. Moana and Oscar carry out a simple investigation to discover more about muscle fatigue.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Operation Duck Pond

    Operation Duck Pond

    Have you checked.

    by Andrew Gunn

    Nathan Burkepile is a scientist who wants to know what kind of pond ducks like best. Volunteers (citizen scientists) from around the country collect data for Nathan to analyse. Nathan works with the citizen scientists to make sure that the data they collect is reliable.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Category: Fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Learning from the tangata whenua cover.

    Learning from the Tangata Whenua

    Have you checked.

    by Susan Paris

    James Ataria works a bit differently from most other scientists. As a scientist, he thinks carefully about how evidence should be collected and critiqued. But, unlike many other scientists, he also uses Māori cultural knowledge to help his work.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Heat it up cover.

    Heat It Up

    Have you checked.

    by Kate Potter

    illustrated by Katie O'Neill

    Students Paige and Sabitra design an experiment to test whether their solar oven would work better if they paint it black on the inside. But they notice some problems with the data they collect. By changing their experiment, they are able to improve the quality and reliability of their data.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Why do our muscles get tired cover.

    Why Do Our Muscles Get Tired?

    Have you checked.

    by Zoe Armstrong & Dave Armstrong

    Have you noticed that exercising a lot can make you feel tired or sore? Sometimes when we exercise very hard, our muscles use oxygen faster than our body can supply it. This is called muscle fatigue. Moana and Oscar carry out a simple investigation to discover more about muscle fatigue.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Operation Duck Pond

    Operation Duck Pond

    Have you checked.

    by Andrew Gunn

    Nathan Burkepile is a scientist who wants to know what kind of pond ducks like best. Volunteers (citizen scientists) from around the country collect data for Nathan to analyse. Nathan works with the citizen scientists to make sure that the data they collect is reliable.

    Series: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Category: Fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Critique evidence

    In: Connected 2015 Level 2 – Have You Checked?

    Publication date: January 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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