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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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  • A quilt for kiri.

    A Quilt for Kiri

    by Don Long

    pictures by Judith Kunzlé

    This sensitive narrative tells of the death of Kiri’s grandmother far away in the Cook Islands. Grandma’s gift of a quilt to Kiri sparks special memories for Kiri and her dad. A Gift for Aunty Ngā (Gold) is a sequel to this book.

    Purple 2

    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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  • 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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  • Pencils and pens.

    Pencils and Pens

    by Kate Boyle

    This report describes some school writing implements and how they have changed over the last hundred years. It includes explanations, supported by photographs and labelled diagrams of how they work.

    Purple 1

    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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  • Guide dogs.

    Guide Dogs

    by Sue Walker

    This report describes how guide dogs are trained and how they help blind and visually impaired people.
    It provides opportunities for students to identify and summarise main points and to use the information to explain why guide dogs are special.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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