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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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  • Boy fishing on a wharf with a soldier.

    The Sea Devil

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    "Just beyond the long arm of the wharf, the camp’s launch, Pearl, tugged at its mooring. The thought of a big fish jagging on his line quickened James’s pace, and it wasn’t until he was on the wharf that he saw he was not alone. A dark figure leant against one of the piles – it was one of the Germans, staring at the boat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adventure story, escape, Felix von Luckner, First World War, history, internment, Motuihe Island, prisoners of war, Sea Devil, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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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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  • 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

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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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  • Robot.

    Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    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

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    Students driving a remote controlled robot.

    To Build a Bot

    Robot.

    This article describes the process undertaken by three students from Feilding’s Manchester Street School as they designed and built a robot that won the New Zealand VEX IQ Challenge. The article offers an authentic way of introducing students to programming and computational thinking, as well as physics and engineering concepts related to energy, weight, and balance.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Physical world, Technological practice

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Wooden instrument.

    South Pacific Beats

    Robot.

    Wellington designer Rachael Hall has developed a modern version of the traditional Tongan lali. Called Patō, Rachael’s drum keeps the traditional sound of a lali but incorporates digital capabilities. Her hope is that Patō will allow musicians to mix traditional Pacific sounds with modern music.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Physical world, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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    People looking at screens.

    Square Eyes

    Robot.

    Siali is selected to trial a new augmented reality device called SquareEye. While the trial starts off fun, he slowly starts to notice that SquareEye is affecting his experiences in ways he doesn’t necessarily consent to. This story, set in the not-so-distant future, explores how digital technologies can alter our experiences without us knowing.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Technological knowledge

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Photograph of a lake thawing in alaska.

    Listening to the Land

    Robot.

     Pauline Harris, a scientist of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent, is working with a team of researchers to collect and record mātauranga from iwi and hapū about plants and animals in Aotearoa. The team is using a computer program to record the mātauranga and connect it to particular times and places in history. They hope that this information will help us understand how climate change is affecting Aotearoa’s wildlife and ecosystems, knowledge that we can then use to plan for the change.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Students driving a remote controlled robot.

    To Build a Bot

    Robot.

    This article describes the process undertaken by three students from Feilding’s Manchester Street School as they designed and built a robot that won the New Zealand VEX IQ Challenge. The article offers an authentic way of introducing students to programming and computational thinking, as well as physics and engineering concepts related to energy, weight, and balance.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Physical world, Technological practice

    In: Connected 2018 Level 3 - Cracking the Code

    Publication date: November 2018

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