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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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  • E kō, k kō.

    E Kō, E Kō - Morning Chorus (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Hirini Melbourne

    illustration by Peter Campbell

    This Māori song, with an English translation, encourages children to make connections to their experiences of hearing bird songs as the new day arrives. This poem is best used for shared reading. The birds illustrated around the poem are, anticlockwise from top left, grey warbler, stitchbird, tūì, saddleback, bellbird, and whitehead. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • The moon.

    The Moon (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Emily Dickinson

    photograph by John Drummond

    This short lyrical poem evokes images of the changing moon. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • Blue eggs.

    Blue Eggs

    by John Dekker

    This report describes the life cycle of a song thrush, how the song thrush came to New Zealand, and why some people consider this bird to be a problem.
    This text provides opportunities for students to find and summarise information and to consider different points of view. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • A gift for aunty ngā.

    A Gift for Aunty Ngā

    by Don Long

    illustrated by Judith Kunzlé

    In this sequel to A Quilt for Kiri (Purple), Kiri visits Rarotonga with her parents to meet Aunty Ngā and gives her a tīvaevae that she and her mother have made. This is a rich personal-experience narrative with many layers of meaning, which lends itself to expressive reading and can be returned to many times. These notes include background information about tīvaevae and some aspects of Cook Islands culture.

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Whitebait season.

    Whitebait Season

    by Tracey Cormack

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    In this realistic narrative, Nathan goes whitebaiting with his dad in the hope their catch will be a lot better than in the past.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2009

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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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  • Scarecrows from space.

    Scarecrows from Space

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Mark Coote

    The students at Gladstone School are making scarecrows for the Gladstone Scarecrow Festival.
    It’s their favourite time of year! This year, the theme is “space”. This report describes how some of the scarecrows were made, including some challenges the students needed to think about and overcome.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Maui and the sun.

    Māui and the Sun

    retold by June Melser

    pictures by Cliff Whiting

    This is a retelling of the legend of Māui’s successful campaign to slow the sun. Lively dialogue helps to develop characterisation and encourages expressive reading.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1984

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  • Duckling palace.

    Duckling Palace

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Elton Gregory

    This non-fiction text describes how the SPCA cares for orphaned ducklings. It includes a report on the work of the SPCA, an explanation of how ducks waterproof their feathers, and instructions for what to do with a motherless duckling. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Did you shake.

    Did You Shake Your Tail Feathers?

    by Sharlene Helg Ngatupuna

    illustrated by Bruce Mahalski

    In this lively, fable-like narrative, Weka has found a feather that she is determined to return to its owner. She meets a number of birds who all want the feather, and some are quite determined to get it.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2009

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