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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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  • No more cakes.

    No More Cakes

    retold by Barbara Beveridge

    illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    In this humorous tale, the hungry cat eats everyone and everything he meets until the tables are finally turned by the landcrabs with their sharp claws.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • Isobel’s garden.

    Isobel’s Garden

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a true story set in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. When William and Sam kick their ball over the fence and go looking for it, they find themselves in an overgrown garden. Isobel, the owner of the garden, explains that her family have left Christchurch because of the earthquakes, and she has no one to help her keep it tidy. The boys and their mum help her out, but it’s a huge job, and they call in the Student Volunteer Army.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Mum’s octopus.

    Mum’s Octopus

    by Don Long

    illustrated by Gus Sinaumea Hunter

    This dramatic personal experience narrative features Sione, the boy in Finding Mum (Green). Sione’s family are collecting mussels at the beach when Mum inadvertently catches an octopus! Mum and Dad strongly disagree about what to do with the unexpected catch. 

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Growing pumpkins.

    Growing Pumpkins

    by Shelley de Graaf

    In this fact-based text, a boy describes how he and his grandad grow pumpkins from seeds and make pumpkin soup. The information and ideas are well supported with photographs and text boxes.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • A very clever possum.

    A Very Clever Possum

    by Vivienne Joseph

    illustrated by Christine Tate

    This narrative describes how Mr Lees, a keen gardener, tries to save his favourite rosebush from a hungry possum by setting a trap. Night after night, the wily possum manages to get the food out of the trap and escape. Information about possums is included inside the back cover, along with comments from the author and the illustrator.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1999

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  • Two homes.

    Two Homes

    by Olivia Giles

    illustrated by Denise Durkin

    This is a first-person report about a boy who lives with his grandpa in a quiet suburb during the week and on the weekends stays with his mother in a city apartment.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • Stuck.

    Stuck!

    by Jack Gabolinscy

    illustrated by Denise Durkin

    Isabella has lost her tennis ball down a hole, and no one seems to be able to help – so Isabella comes up with her own clever solution.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • One at a time.

    One At A Time

    by Sian Williams

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Ella won’t get off the trampoline, and Danny wants his turn. Mum has a rule that only one person is allowed on at a time, but Danny is tired of waiting.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • My name is laloifi.

    My Name is Laloifi

    by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

    illustrated by Fifi Colston

    Laloifi is starting a new school, and her mother explains that some of the children may have difficulty pronouncing her name. Laloifi’s teacher introduces a game to help the class learn to say her name correctly and ensure that Laloifi feels welcomed, proud, and happy.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Mya's finger

    Mya’s Finger

    by Susan Paris

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Lucy and Mya are friends, but Lucy feels terrible when she accidentally shuts Mya’s finger in a door. This seemingly simple narrative explores ideas about feelings and friendship and requires students to make connections to their own experiences.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2012

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