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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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  • Director with a megaphone.

    Much Ado

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Susan Paris

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This play introduces students to the fun of Shakespeare, as well as to his conventions and characters. It features a pompous director whose belittling comments are more than matched by the quick-witted responses of his student actors.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acting, actors, directors, drama, humour, insults, language, performance, play, quotations, relating to others, Shakespeare, soliloquies, speech

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Photograph of people in the polynesian panthers.

    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

    The article “Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers” recounts the story of the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970s. Under instruction from the government of the day, police and immigration officials invaded the homes of Polynesian people in the early hours of the morning, demanding evidence that they were lawfully living in Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1970s, activists, change, citizenship, civil rights, dawn raids, deportation, education, immigration, New Zealand history, Operation Pot Black, overstayers, Pacific, police, Polynesian Panthers, politics, power, protest, racism, social action

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Fleeb watches tv

    Fleeb Watches TV

    Written by Yvonne Morrison 

    Illustrated by Josh Morgan

    When Nate and Rose first met Fleeb (in Fleeb Makes Scones), they discovered he was full of surprises. In this second story, the children have got used to having him around, but now Fleeb is acting strangely and household items are going missing ... What is Fleeb up to?

    Students will enjoy looking for clues in this humorous mystery story.

    Orange 2 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: The previous story about Fleeb: Fleeb Makes Scones (Green 2) Stories about solving mysteries or finding lost things: Lost (shared); The Missing Socks (Blue 2); The Hissing Bush (Blue 3); The Great Car Clean-out (Green 1); Treasure Island (Green 3); The King’s Birthday (Turquoise 1); Timo’s Shorts (Turquoise 2)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • The New Lambs cover

    The New Lambs

    Written by Hannah Davison 

    Illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    When Jake and Emily find two abandoned lambs on their farm, they take them home to care for them. Emily’s lamb quickly starts drinking the warm milk, but Jake’s lamb does not… 

    Green 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Stories that involve caring for animals: A Bird in the Classroom, Feeding the Birds (Yellow 2); Nibbles (Blue 1); Where’s Nibbles? (Green 2) Other stories that involve empathy and kindness: My Brother (Green 1); Mum’s New Job (Green 2); Joe’s News (Green 3)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • The Thief cover

    The Thief

    Written by Renata Hopkins 

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    In this lively mystery story, Sophie’s treasure has gone missing. Sophie and her cousin Manu make a plan to catch the thief – though students will discover that there is more than one “thief” in this story.

    The Thief has a series of short chapters, giving students an opportunity to develop reading “stamina” on a longer story and to carry ideas across longer sections of text.

    Gold 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Mystery stories: “Taniwha Trouble” and “The Pet Day Problem” (JJ 40); “Something Strange Going On” (JJ 46); “Always Great, Never Late” (JJ 48); “I Spy” (JJ 50); “No Big Deal” (JJ 51) Texts about birds: Did You Shake Your Tail Feathers? (Purple 2); “Endangered Bird” (JJ 29); “Ring! Ring!” (JJ 49); “Kāhu and Hōkioi” (JJ 51); “Stop Thief!” (a play, JJ 55) Stories divided into chapters: “Zapped!” (a story published in four chapters in Junior Journals 52–55)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Taonga cover image

    Taonga

    Written by Kiwa Hammond

    Illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When Mahi and her cousin Hani go to Nan’s house after school, they tell her about their school project – to write about something that is a taonga to them. After talking with Nan, both children realise what they will write about.

    While this story has particular relevance to Māori students, many students will identify with the ideas of whānaungatanga (special family relationships) and taonga (a treasure or something that is special to a person). 

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Other stories about Mahi: Getting Ready for the Visitors (Red 3), Waiting for Rēwana Bread (Blue 3), Whai – String Games (Green 3. This story also features Hani.) Texts about special family relationships, particularly relationships with grandparents: Nanny; Matariki Breakfast (shared); Grandpa’s Birthday, Noisy House (Blue 1); Helping at the Marae (Blue 2); My Brother (Green 1); A Special Visit to Koro and Nanny, Two Homes (Orange 1); Kapa Haka, Te Pēpi Hou (Turquoise 2)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Wētā Went Walking

    Wētā Went Walking

    written by Kay Hancock

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    When Wētā goes walking in the bush, Rat decides to go hunting ... Will Wētā be safe? Does he know Rat is following him?

    This dramatic, open-ended story is ideal for fostering students’ enthusiasm and confidence as readers. The rhythmic, repetitive language encourages and supports students to read along with the teacher, even from their first day of school.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Shared books that are particularly suitable for students from school entry: Bubbles; Dad’s Snore; Fantail, Fantail; Greedy Cat; I’m the King of the Mountain; Monster’s Lunch; T-Shirts Texts about New Zealand bush creatures: “Clickety-clack Cicada”, “Just a Touch”; Fantail, Fantail and How Kiwi Saved the Forest (shared); Old Tuatara (Magenta); In the Bush (Red 3) Shared non-fiction texts about New Zealand creatures: Stick Insects, Camouflage, New Zealand Birds

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Toy car going off a ramp.

    Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on computational thinking for digital technologies and designing and developing digital outcomes.

    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 2018

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    Cartoon of a circuit board.

    Amazing Algorithms

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    This article introduces and explains the concept of algorithms in a simple and engaging way. It supports understanding of this abstract concept by providing concrete examples from everyday life, mathematics, and computer programming.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Different new zealand weeds.

    The War on Weeds

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    Students at Kaniere School are helping scientists combat the spread of weeds. They’re using simple digital technology to identify the weeds and upload the information to a national database. The article shows how students can use digital technology to become citizen scientists and act locally on a national issue.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Living world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Cartoons of computerised technologies.

    Lighting the Sky with Raspberry Pi

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    Students at Fernridge School have created a digital light display for Matariki using Raspberry Pi computers. This article shows how the students created the light display, providing a real-life context for exploring how computers work.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Nature of science, Physical world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    Animation Creations

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    Ryan Kothe, an animator from Auckland, uses stop-motion animation to make short videos and advertisements. In this article, he explains how to create your own stop-motion animation movie.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Technological practice

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Cartoon of a circuit board.

    Amazing Algorithms

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    This article introduces and explains the concept of algorithms in a simple and engaging way. It supports understanding of this abstract concept by providing concrete examples from everyday life, mathematics, and computer programming.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Different new zealand weeds.

    The War on Weeds

    Toy car flying off a ramp.

    Students at Kaniere School are helping scientists combat the spread of weeds. They’re using simple digital technology to identify the weeds and upload the information to a national database. The article shows how students can use digital technology to become citizen scientists and act locally on a national issue.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Living world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 2 - Step By Step

    Publication date: November 2018

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