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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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  • Treasure island.

    Treasure Island

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    This is a humorous narrative about a pirate and his crew searching for treasure, but there is a surprise in store.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2007

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  • I want to be the fox.

    I want to be the Fox

    by Bronwyn Tainui

    illustrated by Tamara Kan

    In this narrative, Josh is disappointed to be given the part of the rabbit in the school play, but no one seems to understand his problem. Finally, Josh does some hard thinking and comes up with a way to make the best of the situation.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • A place to sleep.

    A Place to Sleep

    by Andrea Foot

    illustrated by Fifi Colston

    Puffin, the farm cat, is looking for a warm, quiet place to sleep. It’s too noisy inside, but he can’t seem to find a suitable place outside either. After facing challenges from various animals, including a dramatic encounter with some cows, Puffin finally manages to find just the right place.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Tim's costume.

    Tim’s Costume

    by Eleanor Hughes

    illustrated by Jez Tuya

    In this narrative, Tim needs to make a green costume to wear to a party. He and his family think of and reject a series of ideas until at last Tim comes up with an idea for the perfect costume.

    Green 2

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The gardener's maze.

    The Gardener’s Maze

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    In this humorous narrative, the gardener designs and builds a maze in his garden with help from a friendly hedgehog! This text is a companion text to The Gardener and the Scarecrow (Blue). 

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • The garage sale.

    The Garage Sale

    by Fran Hunia

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    In this realistic narrative, a family visits garage sales to find clothes to replace the ones they’ve outgrown. This story makes links to children’s experiences of garage sales, markets, or school fairs and the excitement of finding unexpected treasures.

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Mum's new job.

    Mum’s New Job

    by Bronwyn Tainui

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    This narrative is about a child coping with change when Mum gets a new job. The text provides opportunities for children to share their own experiences. 

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • Car clean out.

    The Great Car Clean-out

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this humorous story, a somewhat disorganised family pitches in, at Mum’s insistence, to clean out the car. They gleefully discover lost items in amongst the clutter. 

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • My brother.

    My Brother

    by Sally Sutton

    illustrated by Fifi Colston

    Big brother is impatient to get to school and doesn’t realise that his schoolbag has fallen open and things are falling out. Little brother rescues the fallen items and tries to get his brother to slow down. 

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Dad's hat.

    Dad’s Hat

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick 

    In this narrative, Grandma has knitted a blue hat for Dad. Blue is Dad’s favourite colour, and he wears the hat everywhere until one day it gets wet and he shrinks it in the drier. Dad tries wearing some of his other hats, but they just don’t seem right. Tom feels sorry for Dad and comes up with an idea to solve Dad’s problem.

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2013

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