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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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  • Pet power cover image.

    Pet Power

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Renata Hopkins

    Humans and animals have a powerful bond. Some people think that this bond could have a positive effect on human health and behaviour. But what does the science say? Investigate the evidence for yourself.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Captured in Ice

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Veronika Meduna

    Nancy Bertler is a scientist who studies the ice. She’s been examining Antarctic ice cores to discover what Earth’s climate was like in the past – and how it might change in the future.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Building for the future cover image.

    Building for the Future

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    The Samoan village of Sa’anapu is under threat from tsunamis, cyclones, and rising sea levels. To protect their village, the Council of Matai are working with an architect and scientist from New Zealand. Together, they’re drawing on cultural, scientific, and technological knowledge to build a safer future for Sa’anapu.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Bird on a stump connected 2 cover.

    Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: engage with science.
    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Look inside this issue

    Space food cover image.

    Space Food

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Feana Tu'akoi

    A group of students investigate how to stop food rotting on a journey to Mars. They share what they know about the different methods of food preservation to come up with a plan.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world, Technological knowledge

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Gardening in the living room cover image.

    Gardening in the Living Room

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Sophie Fern

    Balaclava School has a new greenhouse called the Living Room. The students find out how the environment inside the Living Room helps plants grow during the cold Dunedin winters and investigate which vegetables grow best inside and outside its unique climate.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

    Down the drain cover image.

    Down the Drain

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Philipa Werry

    Students at Wilford School in Petone were shocked to discover the amount of rubbish finding its way onto their local beach. Find out how they investigated the issue by using traps to collect the rubbish entering the stormwater system.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

    Bringing back the birdsong cover image.

    Bringing Back the Birdsong

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Shanthie Walker

    For years, introduced predators have been killing birds along the Kepler Track in Fiordland. Students in the Kids Restore the Kepler project are working with the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust to reduce the number of predators living in the area. Their mission: to bring birdsong back to the Kepler.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Space food cover image.

    Space Food

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Feana Tu'akoi

    A group of students investigate how to stop food rotting on a journey to Mars. They share what they know about the different methods of food preservation to come up with a plan.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world, Technological knowledge

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Gardening in the living room cover image.

    Gardening in the Living Room

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Sophie Fern

    Balaclava School has a new greenhouse called the Living Room. The students find out how the environment inside the Living Room helps plants grow during the cold Dunedin winters and investigate which vegetables grow best inside and outside its unique climate.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Down the drain cover image.

    Down the Drain

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Philipa Werry

    Students at Wilford School in Petone were shocked to discover the amount of rubbish finding its way onto their local beach. Find out how they investigated the issue by using traps to collect the rubbish entering the stormwater system.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Bringing back the birdsong cover image.

    Bringing Back the Birdsong

    Small bird on tree stump.

    by Shanthie Walker

    For years, introduced predators have been killing birds along the Kepler Track in Fiordland. Students in the Kids Restore the Kepler project are working with the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust to reduce the number of predators living in the area. Their mission: to bring birdsong back to the Kepler.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 2 - Taking Action

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Bears with porridge.

    Pease Porridge Hot

    Poem card

    The repetition in this poem draws the children in to read along with you and enjoy the firm beat and rhyme. (Part of Set 1.)

    Download the full size PDF using the Text link.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Sheep and farmer.

    Baa Baa Black Sheep

    Poem card

    A well-known favourite that most new entrants will know from pre-school and be able to sing along with from their first day at school. There are some old-fashioned words to discuss – “dame”, “lane”, “master”, and “sir”. (Part of Set 1.)

    Download the full size PDF using the Text link.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2012

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