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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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  • Cartoon of a person talking to someone in a wheelchair.

    Saving the World, One Swipe at a Time

    Space ship docked for take off.

    This article describes how three Kiwi companies have used digital technology to help solve health or social problems. It demonstrates how digital technologists think through a problem and how a seemingly abstract issue can be turned into a series of tasks that digital technologies can solve.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Technological practice

    In: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Rocket taking off.

    Kiwis in Space

    Space ship docked for take off.

    In January 2018, New Zealand became one of only eleven countries that have successfully built and launched a rocket capable of sending satellites into space. This interview with Rocket Lab Avionics Manager Naomi Altman explains the science and technology behind that incredible achievement.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Nature of science, Physical world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Fish on a coral bed.

    Under the Sea

    Space ship docked for take off.

    This article reports on a survey of a 100-metre long rocky reef located 11 kilometres off the Taranaki coast. Students from local high schools are partnering with divers, biologists, engineers, fishers, and local iwi to discover and record the plants and animals that make the reef their home. The article focuses on the survey methods being used and the different technologies involved in each method.

    Series: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

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

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Statistics, Living world, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2018 Level 4 - Digital Space

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Greedy Cat and the Vet

    Greedy Cat and the Vet

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    It’s time for Greedy Cat to go to the vet for his check-up and flu injection, but he’s not happy about it and he makes his feelings known!

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Greedy Cat and the Visitor

    Greedy Cat and the Visitor

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    When Nan comes to stay at Katie’s house, she brings her little dog Poppy with her. Poppy wants to play with Greedy Cat, but Greedy Cat is not interested. His back goes up, his tail goes up, and his claws come out. How will Greedy Cat cope with this unwelcome visitor?

    Orange 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Dinner for Greedy Cat cover image

    Dinner for Greedy Cat

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Delicious smells are wafting over the fence from the barbecue next door, and Greedy Cat just can’t resist … 

    Turquoise 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Greedy Cat and the Chooks cover image

    Greedy Cat and the Chooks

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    When Katie visits Aunty, she is dismayed to find that Aunty won’t let Greedy Cat inside. Instead he has to stay outside with the chooks. This proves to be a big problem for Greedy Cat and one that he is determined to solve …

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Greedy Cat at the Market cover image

    Greedy Cat at the Market

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Poppy the dog is staying with Katie’s family while Nan is away. Mum and Katie decide to take Poppy for a walk to the market, leaving Greedy Cat at home – or so they think!

    Gold 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Racing car.

    In His Blood

    by Paul Mason

    New Zealander Bruce McLaren was an internationally renowned racing-car designer, driver, engineer, and inventor. In His Blood covers several defining points in Bruce’s life, including his childhood struggle with Perthes disease, his breakthrough at the New Zealand Grand Prix, his time racing on the international circuit, and his founding of the highly successful racing team Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: March 2019

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  • Cartoon of people protesting.

    Once a Panther

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Michel Mulipola

    This fictional comic is based on the true story of the Polynesian Panthers in 1970s New Zealand. Inspired by the Black Panther Party in the United States, the Polynesian Panthers were a group of young New Zealanders who wanted to tackle the widespread prejudice faced by Pacific communities. Once a Panther encourages the reader to reflect on the positive change the Polynesian Panthers created and the ongoing legacy of the dawn raids for Pacific communities.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: March 2019

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