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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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  • Grandma's vase.

    Grandma’s Vase

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When Grandma’s vase gets broken, Malia decides they can solve the problem by making a new one. She gathers up some materials from the recycling bin, and with Grandma’s help, successfully creates a new vase. 

    Red 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Down the slide.

    Down the Slide

    by Feana Tuʻakoi 

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley

    When Milly and Sunil go down the slide at school, they don’t notice that the slide is wet! Down the Slide is narrated in the first person by Milly and is the first of three stories about these characters. Students will meet Milly and Sunil again in The Lost Hat (Red 2) and A Bird in the Classroom (Yellow 2).

    Red 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • A starfish for oscar.

    A Starfish for Oscar

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Samantha Asri

    Oscar is looking in the rock pools for a starfish, but when he finds one, instead of putting it in his bucket, Dad tells Oscar to leave it where it is. He suggests they take a photo of the starfish instead. The final illustration shows that Oscar is quite happy with this option.

    Red 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Old tuatara.

    Old Tuatara

    by Joy Cowley

    drawings by Clare Bowes 

    This very “New Zealand” text features a tuatara who appears to be asleep but who is, in fact, waiting to catch a meal. It has strong links to Fantail, Fantail (shared).

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1983

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  • I can read.

    I Can Read

    by Margaret Malcolm

    illustrations by Adrian Heke

    This book features a boy proudly reading to some important people in his life at home and school. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • At the beach.

    At the Beach

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Polina Outkina

    In this story, a family finds some interesting items at the beach, including a shell that wobbles! Students will enjoy the surprise at the end. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Science

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Fantail fantail.

    Fantail, Fantail

    by Margaret Mahy

    drawings by Bruce Phillips

    This very “New Zealand” text is written as a conversation between a fantail and an unidentified person, and it informs the reader about the food that Fantail prefers. The companion text Old Tuatara ends with the same climax – the demise of an unwitting fly.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Is that an earthquake.

    Is That an Earthquake?

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    A young boy wonders anxiously whether the movements and noises around his home could be an earthquake, and then, suddenly an earthquake does happen. The story incorporates a recount and an explanation and is told entirely through dialogue. There are safety instructions inside the back cover.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Lost.

    Lost

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    Finn tells Mum he has found a small lost creature in the garden shed. Mum doesn’t look at the creature, so she thinks Finn is playing make-believe. But she plays along and tells Finn that the lost creature will need its mother and Finn will have to find her. After thinking hard, Finn comes up with a plan. Mum is shocked to discover at the end of the story that Finn wasn’t making things up! This delightful fantasy story is actually a poem, narrated entirely in rhyme.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Me and my dog.

    Me and My Dog

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this poetic text, perfect for reading aloud, a young girl and her dog greet the morning with joy and enthusiasm. Alliterative, lively verbs bounce the text along and provide many opportunities for exploring language.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2004

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