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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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  • Child carrying a hay bale.

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this humorous retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, the author surprises and delights the reader with modern twists. This story provides opportunities for students to make connections to their knowledge of other fairy tales and to enjoy and explore the author’s use of language. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dungeon, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin, gold, GPS tracker, promise, Rumpelstiltskin, spinning, spinning wheel, straw, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Children writing at a desk.

    Pen Pals

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Jo Makgill

    In this report, students from Arataki School describe how they are getting to know the residents at a retirement home by becoming their pen pals. Through letters, both groups enjoy finding out about each other’s lives and discovering how some things, such as school life, recreational activities, and even word meanings, have changed over time.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: friends, hopscotch, housie, indoor bowls, inkwells, letters, mobility scooter, movies, pen pals, pen friends, retirement home

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Creatures looking at a baby.

    Naming the Goblin Baby

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    by Kay Hancock

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    "It was time to name the baby. All the goblins gathered round."

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aunts, baby, dad, fantasy, goblins, grandad, grandma, mum, name, naming, nonsense, poem, rhyme, uncles

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Chango and the moon cover image.

    Chang-O and the Moon

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Cherie Wu

    illustrated by Stan Chan

    A traditional Chinese tale that explains the phenomenon of the “goddess in the moon”. This dramatic tale has two storylines, with the first story setting the scene for the main story.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chang-O, China, elixir, emperor, Feng Meng, good luck, moon, moon cakes, Moon Festival, peace, traditional tale, Hou Yi, sun birds, volcano

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Children with an empty pet cage.

    Where's Nibbles?

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Where’s Nibbles? describes another adventure in the life of this guinea pig from Tawa School. In this story, Nibbles gets out of her cage and the children can’t find her anywhere. They become even more worried when they see the cat from next door.

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Monster and child dancing.

    Monster at the Disco

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Monster and Jack are enjoying the school disco when, suddenly, the lights go out and the music stops – it’s a power cut! The problem of the lights is soon solved, but what about the music? 

    Blue 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Traditional chinese new year activities.

    Chinese New Year

    by Cherie Wu

    photographs by Mark Coote

    This book follows Murphy and his family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year. It describes significant aspects of the fifteen days of celebrations, including decorations, clothing, food, and special events. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Two children with string.

    Whai (String Games)

    by Kiwa Hammond

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    In this heart-warming story, Mahi teaches Hani how to make shapes with a piece of string. Hani struggles at first, but with Mahi’s patient teaching and his perseverance, he is eventually successful. This story gives an insight into a traditional game common to many cultures and demonstrates the concept of tuakana–teina (an older sibling or cousin helping a younger one).

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Two children looking at a garden.

    The Garden Surprise

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrated by Matthew Haworth

    In this story, Milly describes what happens when her class plants carrot seeds at school. Everything goes according to plan until Milly and Sunil notice that one of Milly’s plants looks different from the rest. Her teacher, Mr Langi, shows her how to use an app to find out what the mystery plant is.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Kiwi in a forest.

    How Kiwi Saved the Forest

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

    This tale is set at a time in the mythical past when Kiwi can fly, but when the trees of the forest are dying. When Tāne-hokahoka (guardian of the birds) and Tāne-mahuta (guardian of the trees) ask each bird to come and live on the forest floor and eat the insects that are destroying the trees, only Kiwi is prepared to give up his life in the sky.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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