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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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  • Shetland ponies.

    Shetland Ponies

    Junior Journal 42

    This brief descriptive report provides information about Shetland ponies, where they come from, what they look like, how long they live, and what they were used for in the past and now. The clear structure supports students to find and summarise information and can be used as a model for students’ own report writing.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: steeplechase, race, recount, horse,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Whitebait season.

    Whitebait Season

    by Tracey Cormack

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    In this realistic narrative, Nathan goes whitebaiting with his dad in the hope their catch will be a lot better than in the past.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • Scarecrows from space.

    Scarecrows from Space

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Mark Coote

    The students at Gladstone School are making scarecrows for the Gladstone Scarecrow Festival.
    It’s their favourite time of year! This year, the theme is “space”. This report describes how some of the scarecrows were made, including some challenges the students needed to think about and overcome.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Pencils and pens.

    Pencils and Pens

    by Kate Boyle

    This report describes some school writing implements and how they have changed over the last hundred years. It includes explanations, supported by photographs and labelled diagrams of how they work.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Guide dogs.

    Guide Dogs

    by Sue Walker

    This report describes how guide dogs are trained and how they help blind and visually impaired people.
    It provides opportunities for students to identify and summarise main points and to use the information to explain why guide dogs are special.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Giant soup.

    Giant Soup

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    In this humorous fairytale-style narrative, the giant’s mother has gone on holiday leaving her son to make soup by himself for the first time. The giant catches a boy to flavour the soup, but the boy manages to outwit the giant and escape.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2001

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  • Bikes

    Bikes

    by Janice Marriott

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    A girl provides the reader with information about bikes, how they work, how to ride them, and how to look after them. The book concludes with comments from her family about why they like bikes. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • Duckling palace.

    Duckling Palace

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Elton Gregory

    This non-fiction text describes how the SPCA cares for orphaned ducklings. It includes a report on the work of the SPCA, an explanation of how ducks waterproof their feathers, and instructions for what to do with a motherless duckling. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Did you shake.

    Did You Shake Your Tail Feathers?

    by Sharlene Helg Ngatupuna

    illustrated by Bruce Mahalski

    In this lively, fable-like narrative, Weka has found a feather that she is determined to return to its owner. She meets a number of birds who all want the feather, and some are quite determined to get it.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • A quilt for kiri.

    A Quilt for Kiri

    by Don Long

    pictures by Judith Kunzlé

    This sensitive narrative tells of the death of Kiri’s grandmother far away in the Cook Islands. Grandma’s gift of a quilt to Kiri sparks special memories for Kiri and her dad. A Gift for Aunty Ngā (Gold) is a sequel to this book.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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