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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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    The Force

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Matt Haworth

    Egged on by his brother, Harper works through his fears of jumping off the bridge into the water. "Do or do not. There is no try."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, courage, family, fantasy, fear, fiction, holidays, imagination, independence, managing self, relating to others, rites of passage, rivers, self-belief, siblings, Star Wars, swimming, Yoda

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Plenty of Room

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Dylan Horrocks

    The story of a girl adjusting to life with a new sibling. "Sometimes I just want to be alone. Know what I mean? It’s good. Gives you a chance to think. I don’t like hanging out with other people all the time. I need space. So you can imagine how I feel when Dad tells me Sharon’s having a baby."  

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: babies, blended families, change, extended family, family, housing, humour, managing self, new baby, overcrowding, relating to others, relationships, siblings, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • River swimming cover

    River Swimming

    by Lynley Edmeades

    illustrated by Ned Barraud

    “River Swimming” is a beautiful poem that captures the imaginative, make-believe world that children inhabit. The setting is a day out at the river. While the adults sit and drink tea on the river bank, the children race each other in an imaginary lane pool and become mermaids, remembering to keep a safe distance from the taniwha upstream. The poem is rich in imagery and movement. It draws on the pleasures of picnics, swimming, and the beauty of the natural world. The poem would be useful for a poetry reading.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make-believe, memories, metaphor, outings, picnics, poetry, rivers, swimming, verse

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Sharks cover

    Sharks

    by Alison Ballance

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This article provides information on sharks, focusing particularly on sharks found in New Zealand waters such as great white, rig, and deep-sea sharks.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adaptation, by-catch, camouflage, chimaeras, conservation, eagle rays, endangered species, fish, great whites, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), predators, rays, rigs, sharks, skates, stingrays

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Ship's Captain

    by Fraser Smith

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Ship's Captain" is the story of two boys learning how to live off the land and sea. Nan is a larger-than-life character, steeped in knowledge of bush lore and rongoā (Māori medicine). Pop is a gentle background force, who teaches the boys how to build a whare raupō. The lessons the writer learns go beyond bush lore; the story explores the value of knowledge that is passed down through generations, the pleasures of living simply, and the importance of being "the captain of your own ship".

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bushcra, camping, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, holidays, identity, kaimoana, knowledge, life skills, Māori, managing self, memoir, memories, rongoā, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Talking to the River

    by Clare Knighton

    “Talking to the River” tells the story of a farmer and a group of engineering and computing students from Victoria University of Wellington who collaborate to gather data about river pollution and publicise it. River pollution is a topical issue, and “Talking to the River” provides an example of people dedicated to making a difference. The article explains the impact cows can have on rivers and the importance of being able to accurately measure levels of river pollution. The university students overcome several challenges to create a prototype monitoring device that is fit for purpose. The reach of the project is extended exponentially by creating an app that tracks river improvements and allows users to upload photos to a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algae, algal blooms, citizen science, collaboration, data, endangered species, environment, farming, fish, Grant Muir, monitoring, Pahaoa River, pollution, problem solving, prototypes, rivers, RiverWatch, technology, Victoria University, water quality, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Dive cover page

    Dive

    by Gina Cole

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist cover page

    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

    by Claire Finlayson

    When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Giving my Father Frights cover page

    Giving my Father Frights

    by Ashleigh Young

    illustrated by Donna Cross

    We discover no end of windows of opportunity for giving my father frights. Our house is for hiding in. We crouch in the porch, waiting for the bend of his shadow.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make believe, memories, parents, poetry, relating to others, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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