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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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  • Take note cover image.

    Take Note

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Antarctica, Aoraki, banknotes, Campbell Island, Campbell Island daisy, change, design, Ernest Rutherford, financial capability, financial literacy, hoiho, images, Kate Sheppard, money, Mount Cook, Reserve Bank, Ross lily, Sir Āpirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Subantarctic Islands, technology, The Queen, tukutuku

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Weaving tukutuku cover image.

    Weaving Tukutuku

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Kelly Joseph

    This article explains how tukutuku panels are made and the symbolism of some of the patterns, including the patterns that feature on our $5 and $10 banknotes.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Māori meeting house, Māori traditional culture, storytelling, symbolism, tukutuku, tukutuku panels, weavers, weaving, wharenui

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • A sunny field.

    Power from the Sun

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Maggie Twaddle

    This report describes the use of solar panels to make electricity and includes an example of a school that has been using solar power since 2008. Students from the school share what they have learnt about solar power, including the fact that solar power is a form of renewable energy. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: arrays, Bayswater School, conservation, electricity, energy, environment, power, renewable energy, Sol, solar arrays, solar energy, solar panels, solar power, sun, sunlight, sustainability

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Cartoon professor in a lab with assistants.

    Professor Clever

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Trish Puharich

    illustrated by Ned Wenlock

    In this humorous play, Professor Clever becomes irritated with the mess that trees make when they drop their leaves, so he comes up with an invention to solve the problem. When his children discover his invention, they are shocked and present an opposite point of view.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: drama, environment, humour, inventions, plays, scientists, trees

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Tokelauan island in the water.

    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Iona McNaughton

    This report highlights the world-first achievement of Tokelau in using renewable energy sources (solar energy and coconut oil) for all its electricity. It explains why Tokelau decided to switch from using fossil fuels and includes comments from a Tokelau family that illustrate the impact of the change. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: atolls, climate change, electricity, energy, environment, fossil fuels, Nukunonu, Pacific, power, power stations, renewable energy, solar energy, solar panels, solar power,sun, sunlight, sustainability, Tokelau

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • The Thief cover

    The Thief

    Written by Renata Hopkins 

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    In this lively mystery story, Sophie’s treasure has gone missing. Sophie and her cousin Manu make a plan to catch the thief – though students will discover that there is more than one “thief” in this story.

    The Thief has a series of short chapters, giving students an opportunity to develop reading “stamina” on a longer story and to carry ideas across longer sections of text.

    Gold 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Mystery stories: “Taniwha Trouble” and “The Pet Day Problem” (JJ 40); “Something Strange Going On” (JJ 46); “Always Great, Never Late” (JJ 48); “I Spy” (JJ 50); “No Big Deal” (JJ 51) Texts about birds: Did You Shake Your Tail Feathers? (Purple 2); “Endangered Bird” (JJ 29); “Ring! Ring!” (JJ 49); “Kāhu and Hōkioi” (JJ 51); “Stop Thief!” (a play, JJ 55) Stories divided into chapters: “Zapped!” (a story published in four chapters in Junior Journals 52–55)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Greedy Cat at the Market cover image

    Greedy Cat at the Market

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Poppy the dog is staying with Katie’s family while Nan is away. Mum and Katie decide to take Poppy for a walk to the market, leaving Greedy Cat at home – or so they think!

    Gold 1

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • And the Winner is.... cover

    And the Winner is...

    by Iona McNaughton

    This article builds on ideas introduced in “Bird of the Year” (in the same journal) and provides information about six winners of the Bird of the Year competition. Much of the information is presented in the form of tables, allowing students to gain experience in reading different text formats. Together, the two articles provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss main ideas about native New Zealand birds.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bar-tailed godwit, Bird of the Year, birds, competition, danger status, endangered, endemic, environment, fantail, Forest & Bird, habitat, kākāpō, kārearea, kererū, kuaka, native, New Zealand falcon, New Zealand pigeon, notes, pie chart, pīwakawaka, predators, tables, tūī

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Bird of the Year cover

    Bird of the Year

    by Iona McNaughton

    In this interview, Megan Hubscher of Forest & Bird talks to Iona McNaughton about the Bird of the Year competition – why it started and how it helps keep New Zealand native birds safe. Students can read about some of the past winners of the competition in an accompanying article, “And the Winner Is ...”

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Bird of the Year, birds, black robin, climate change, competition, endangered, endemic, environment, extinct, fairy tern, Forest & Bird, habitat, interview, kakaruia, Kiwi Conservation Club, native birds, predators, tara iti, voting, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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