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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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  • Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Checkmate.

    Checkmate

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    When do you make the most important move?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: brothers, change, chess, difference, expectation, family, father, identity, individuality, relationships, rugby, strategy, team sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Instructions for Travelling without Touching the Ground.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ambition, convention, dreams, flying, humour, instructions, language, narrative poem, poem, poetry, structure, verse, whimsy, wings

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Trespass.

    Trespass

    by Vince Ford; illustrations by Leilani Isara

    An afternoon bike ride has complications.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, brothers, bush, change, courage, danger, dares, exploration, friendship, group dynamics, identity, loyalty, peer pressure, quick thinking, relationships, rules, siblings, trespassing, waterhole

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • JJ 59 cover image

    Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    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 Nian, The New Year Monster
    Articles  Bird of the Year 
    And the Winner is...
    Poems Garden Angels    
         
    Plays The Competition
         

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Nian the New Year Monster cover

    Nian, the New Year Monster

    A Chinese tale, retold by Chris Tse

    This story sets out to explain the origin of the Chinese New Year festival. It tells how a mysterious old man helps a village to get rid of Nian, a rampaging monster who has been terrorising the villagers at the start of every spring (on the first day of the Chinese New Year). The story is told in the style of a traditional folk tale, but its origins are thought to be more recent.

    Purple 2 

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: celebration, China, Chinese New Year, cooperation, courage, culture, fireworks, helping others, monster, Nian, New Year, problem solving, tradition, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    And the Winner is.... cover

    And the Winner is...

    by Iona McNaughton

    This article builds on ideas introduced in “Bird of the Year” (in the same journal) and provides information about six winners of the Bird of the Year competition. Much of the information is presented in the form of tables, allowing students to gain experience in reading different text formats. Together, the two articles provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss main ideas about native New Zealand birds.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bar-tailed godwit, Bird of the Year, birds, competition, danger status, endangered, endemic, environment, fantail, Forest & Bird, habitat, kākāpō, kārearea, kererū, kuaka, native, New Zealand falcon, New Zealand pigeon, notes, pie chart, pīwakawaka, predators, tables, tūī

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Bird of the Year cover

    Bird of the Year

    by Iona McNaughton

    In this interview, Megan Hubscher of Forest & Bird talks to Iona McNaughton about the Bird of the Year competition – why it started and how it helps keep New Zealand native birds safe. Students can read about some of the past winners of the competition in an accompanying article, “And the Winner Is ...”

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Bird of the Year, birds, black robin, climate change, competition, endangered, endemic, environment, extinct, fairy tern, Forest & Bird, habitat, interview, kakaruia, Kiwi Conservation Club, native birds, predators, tara iti, voting, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Garden Angels cover

    Garden Angels

    Poem 

    by Sarah Penwarden

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: cooperation, family, garden, gardening, grandparents, helping, poem, poetry, summer, verse, work, working bee

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Competition cover

    The Competition

    by Chris Lam Sam

    Messy City has a big problem – it’s too messy! A group of superheroes are invited to take part in a competition to find a solution to the problem. In addition to providing opportunities for expressive oral reading, this humorous, light-hearted play can be used to consider ideas about caring for the environment, problem solving, and the power of cooperation.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: comedy, community, competition, cooperation, hero, humour, drama, environment, play, pollution, problem solving, rubbish, solution, superhero, super power, teamwork

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Nian the New Year Monster cover

    Nian, the New Year Monster

    A Chinese tale, retold by Chris Tse

    This story sets out to explain the origin of the Chinese New Year festival. It tells how a mysterious old man helps a village to get rid of Nian, a rampaging monster who has been terrorising the villagers at the start of every spring (on the first day of the Chinese New Year). The story is told in the style of a traditional folk tale, but its origins are thought to be more recent.

    Purple 2 

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: celebration, China, Chinese New Year, cooperation, courage, culture, fireworks, helping others, monster, Nian, New Year, problem solving, tradition, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • And the Winner is.... cover

    And the Winner is...

    by Iona McNaughton

    This article builds on ideas introduced in “Bird of the Year” (in the same journal) and provides information about six winners of the Bird of the Year competition. Much of the information is presented in the form of tables, allowing students to gain experience in reading different text formats. Together, the two articles provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss main ideas about native New Zealand birds.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bar-tailed godwit, Bird of the Year, birds, competition, danger status, endangered, endemic, environment, fantail, Forest & Bird, habitat, kākāpō, kārearea, kererū, kuaka, native, New Zealand falcon, New Zealand pigeon, notes, pie chart, pīwakawaka, predators, tables, tūī

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Bird of the Year cover

    Bird of the Year

    by Iona McNaughton

    In this interview, Megan Hubscher of Forest & Bird talks to Iona McNaughton about the Bird of the Year competition – why it started and how it helps keep New Zealand native birds safe. Students can read about some of the past winners of the competition in an accompanying article, “And the Winner Is ...”

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Bird of the Year, birds, black robin, climate change, competition, endangered, endemic, environment, extinct, fairy tern, Forest & Bird, habitat, interview, kakaruia, Kiwi Conservation Club, native birds, predators, tara iti, voting, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Garden Angels cover

    Garden Angels

    Poem 

    by Sarah Penwarden

    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: cooperation, family, garden, gardening, grandparents, helping, poem, poetry, summer, verse, work, working bee

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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