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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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  • Crow flying.

    Crow Tales

    retold by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    Crow Tales contains retellings of two Aesop’s fables: “Silly Crow” (a warning about the dangers of flattery) and “Clever Crow” (about the importance of using one’s brain and of persistence and patience).

    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: November 2018

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  • Child at a rest home.

    Easy Peasy

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    The phrase “easy peasy” appears often in this story about a group of school children who visit a rest home to entertain the residents. Easy Peasy makes strong connections to students’ experiences of performance and of overcoming challenges. 

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Rat on an octopus.

    Rat and Octopus

    retold by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Rat and Octopus, a tale common to many Pacific cultures, is retold here by Samoan writer Tusiata Avia. Students will enjoy finding out why Octopus has black markings on his head and why Rat and Octopus remain enemies to this day.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Robot with scones.

    Fleeb Makes Scones

    by Yvonne Morrison

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    When Dad buys a robot to help with the housework, Nate and Rose are very pleased, but Mum thinks a robot is unnecessary. After getting the new robot to make scones, the children and Mum both change their minds!

    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: November 2018

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  • Tokelauan island in the sea.

    Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the Junior Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Rātā me te Rākau
    Poems Borrower    
    Play Professor Clever
    Articles Power from the Sun
    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Windmills and a cityscape.

    Borrower

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Greg O'Connell

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "I want to borrow the sun and cook a feast with its sparks. I want to borrow the wind and fly the skies with its force."

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: electricity, energy, environment, hydro-electricity, poetry, power, renewable energy, solar power, sun, tidal power, tides, wind power, wind turbines

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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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

    Order this text

    Person walking through the bush.

    Rātā me te Rākau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a retelling of the traditional Māori tale of Rātā and his quest to find a tree to make a waka. In his haste, Rātā forgets to ask permission from Tāne-mahuta, the god of the forest, and finds that each time he chops down his chosen tree, it is mysteriously restored the next day.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cultural protocols, environment, forests, gods, gratitude, kaitiaki, legends, Māori, Rātā, respect, Tāne-mahuta, Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea, tikanga Māori, traditional stories, trees, waka

    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

    Order this text

  • Windmills and a cityscape.

    Borrower

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Greg O'Connell

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "I want to borrow the sun and cook a feast with its sparks. I want to borrow the wind and fly the skies with its force."

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: electricity, energy, environment, hydro-electricity, poetry, power, renewable energy, solar power, sun, tidal power, tides, wind power, wind turbines

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • Person walking through the bush.

    Rātā me te Rākau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a retelling of the traditional Māori tale of Rātā and his quest to find a tree to make a waka. In his haste, Rātā forgets to ask permission from Tāne-mahuta, the god of the forest, and finds that each time he chops down his chosen tree, it is mysteriously restored the next day.

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cultural protocols, environment, forests, gods, gratitude, kaitiaki, legends, Māori, Rātā, respect, Tāne-mahuta, Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea, tikanga Māori, traditional stories, trees, waka

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text