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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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  • Skipper's happy tail.

    Skipper’s Happy Tail

    by Sharon Holt

    illustrated by Marjorie Scott

    In this humorous narrative, Skipper’s tail causes all sorts of trouble but finally comes in useful. The dramatic events and lively dialogue encourage expressive reading. This text is useful for monitoring children’s integration of reading strategies at the end of Blue level. 

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Noisy house.

    Noisy House

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Rachel Driscoll

    When Aunty Fay, Joe, Millie, and Buster the dog come to stay, Robbie’s quiet house becomes busy and noisy. At first, Robbie is not very happy about the changes, but after the visitors leave, he discovers his feelings have changed.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Grandpa's birthday.

    Grandpa’s Birthday

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Rachel Driscoll

    It’s nearly Grandpa’s birthday, and the family decide it would be a good opportunity for a big family party. This text describes how they get ready and what happens at the party.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Purrfect.

    Purr-fect!

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    This moral tale about a beautiful but vain and gullible bird and a clever cat has a dramatic ending that is sure to stimulate lively discussion. 

    Yellow 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Lunch for greedy cat.

    Lunch for Greedy Cat

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Greedy Cat’s adventures continue in this story when the family goes away on holiday and Aunty attempts to put him on a diet. Not surprisingly, Greedy Cat has very different ideas and manages to thwart Aunty’s plans.

    Yellow 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Going camping.

    Going Camping

    by Elizabeth Pulford

    illustrated by Samantha Asri

    Two brothers, Sam and Josh, decide to “go camping” in their garden. Although it’s lots of fun during the daytime, Josh is not so keen on the idea of staying in the tent when it gets dark. Students will be able to make connections to times when they have felt anxious or worried, and some will make connections to their own experiences of camping.

    Yellow 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Walking to school.

    Walking to School

    by Jane Buxton

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Grandad is staying at Dylan’s house and decides to walk to school with him. Dylan tries to hurry Grandad so he won’t be late, but Grandad wants to stop and take photos. When they get to school, Grandad realises he doesn’t know the way back home. Dylan comes to the rescue with a clever solution.

    Yellow 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • At the market.

    At the Market

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Samantha Asri

    When Oscar’s family arrives at the market, Oscar and his little sister are excited to see some balloons. But when Oscar wants to go and buy one, Mum tells him he needs to help her with the shopping. Despite this setback, the story ends happily. Students will have met Dad and Oscar before in A Starfish for Oscar (Red 1).

    Yellow 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • A friend for mateo.

    A Friend for Mateo

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    Mateo has just moved to New Zealand from Sāmoa. At the park, while Mateo watches the children riding their scooters, a boy (Zane) stops to say “hello” and offer Mateo a turn on his scooter. Afterwards, Mateo invites Zane to lunch with him and his mum. 

    Yellow 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Bird in the classroom.

    A Bird in the Classroom

    by Feana Tuʻakoi

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley

    When a bird flies into their classroom, the children try to get it out, at first with no success. At last, one of them comes up with a clever plan to entice the bird outside. Students, especially those who have had similar experiences, will enjoy the drama of this story.

    Yellow 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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