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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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  • 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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  • Too many possums.

    Too Many Possums

    by Kate Boyle

    In New Zealand, unlike Australia, possums are pests and much effort and expense are put into trying to control their numbers. This report explains why possums, although seemingly cute and cuddly,have become such a problem. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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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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  • Maui and the sun.

    Māui and the Sun

    retold by June Melser

    pictures by Cliff Whiting

    This is a retelling of the legend of Māui’s successful campaign to slow the sun. Lively dialogue helps to develop characterisation and encourages expressive reading.

    Purple 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1984

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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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  • Two tiger tales.

    Two Tiger Tales

    retold by Barbara Beveridge

    illustrated by Caroline Campbell and Ali Teo

    This book contains two folk tales in which tigers are outwitted by smaller animals. In “The Clumsy Tiger”, a tiger asks a cat to teach him to become quick and clever. The tiger learns fast, but there is one thing the clever cat realises he shouldn’t teach him! “The Competition” describes how a small but clever frog is able to scare away a tiger.

    The two stories are available as individual audio files for download:

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Treasure from the sea.

    Treasure from the Sea

    by Francesca Riley

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt 

    Treasure from the Sea is based on an actual event. Megan loves to stay with Nan and listen to Nan’s stories about the treasures she has collected on her beach walks, but Megan would love to find her own treasure and tell her own story. This narrative describes Megan’s holiday quest. She finds several objects but nothing really special until she notices a fish that has become stranded in a sandy stream on the beach. With help, Megan manages to get the fish back to the sea, safe from the hot sun and hungry seagulls. At last, she has her own story of “treasure from the sea”.

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Toms tryathlon.

    Tom’s Tryathlon

    by Kristine Hornblow

    photographs by Peter Crawford

    In this recount, Tom talks about his first experience of participating in the Weet-Bix™ Kiwi Kids Tryathlon. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2004

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