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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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  • Honey makers.

    Honey Makers

    by Leigh Barrie

    This text explains how bees make honey and how beekeepers collect it. Students will be intrigued by the processes that produce this food item.

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Visit to koro and nanny.

    A Special Visit to Koro and Nanny

    by Herehere Titoko

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    In this narrative, Ani and her parents travel to the countryside to visit Koro and Nanny. Ani wakes up in the night and is frightened of the dark. Koro hears her calling out and comes to comfort her. He takes her outside to show her the stars and tells her they are kaitiaki – guardians to watch over her and keep her safe. 

    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 2012

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  • Treasure island.

    Treasure Island

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    This is a humorous narrative about a pirate and his crew searching for treasure, but there is a surprise in store.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2007

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  • I want to be the fox.

    I want to be the Fox

    by Bronwyn Tainui

    illustrated by Tamara Kan

    In this narrative, Josh is disappointed to be given the part of the rabbit in the school play, but no one seems to understand his problem. Finally, Josh does some hard thinking and comes up with a way to make the best of the situation.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • A place to sleep.

    A Place to Sleep

    by Andrea Foot

    illustrated by Fifi Colston

    Puffin, the farm cat, is looking for a warm, quiet place to sleep. It’s too noisy inside, but he can’t seem to find a suitable place outside either. After facing challenges from various animals, including a dramatic encounter with some cows, Puffin finally manages to find just the right place.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Tim's costume.

    Tim’s Costume

    by Eleanor Hughes

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this narrative, Tim needs to make a green costume to wear to a party. He and his family think of and reject a series of ideas until at last Tim comes up with an idea for the perfect costume.

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The gardener's maze.

    The Gardener’s Maze

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    In this humorous narrative, the gardener designs and builds a maze in his garden with help from a friendly hedgehog! This text is a companion text to The Gardener and the Scarecrow (Blue). 

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • The garage sale.

    The Garage Sale

    by Fran Hunia

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    In this realistic narrative, a family visits garage sales to find clothes to replace the ones they’ve outgrown. This story makes links to children’s experiences of garage sales, markets, or school fairs and the excitement of finding unexpected treasures.

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Mum's new job.

    Mum’s New Job

    by Bronwyn Tainui

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    This narrative is about a child coping with change when Mum gets a new job. The text provides opportunities for children to share their own experiences. 

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • The way it was.

    The Way it Was

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    In this story, a young girl compares her life with that of her great-grandmother. The illustrations are based on the period 1910–1920, but be aware that the dates of birth of your children’s great-grandparents will vary.

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2004

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