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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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  • Shoes For The King book cover.

    Shoes for the King

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this humorous narrative, the King has some trouble deciding which royal shoes to wear. Students will enjoy making connections to their prior knowledge of the King from the shared text The Hole in the King’s Sock.

    Red 3.

    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 2011

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  • Late for the Race book cover.

    Late for the Race

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    Everyone is ready to start the bike race except for the bossy and demanding Princess. The Queen helps the Princess gather the things she needs – but this is one time the Princess will not be allowed to wear her crown. 

    Red 3

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

    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 2011

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  • In the bush.

    In the Bush

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Martin Simpson

    While Dad and Harry are walking in the bush, a stick lands on Dad’s arm – or at least that's what Dad thinks. Harry looks more closely and realises that it’s a stick insect. When the stick insect starts to walk up Dad’s arm, Harry carefully puts it onto a tree.

    Red 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Getting ready for the visitors.

    Getting Ready for the Visitors

    by Kiwa Hammond

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When Dad tells Mahi they need to get the marae ready for visitors, Mahi happily volunteers. She helps prepare the food, set the tables, and make the beds for the visitors.

    Red 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Earmuffs.

    Earmuffs

    by Susan Paris

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick

    William is intrigued by Grandad’s earmuffs. Grandad explains that they keep out the noise, and he lets William try them on. Later, when they go inside, the baby is crying, and William finds another unexpected use for the earmuffs! 

    Red 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Rain rain.

    Rain, Rain

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Nina Price

    This is a clearly sequenced, poetic narrative about a family tramping through the bush in wet weather and then setting up camp. Despite the rain, the children are clearly having a great time.

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1983

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  • Mrs brown's garden.

    Mrs Brown’s Garden

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    In this story, Grace helps her neighbour, Mrs Brown, by watering her tomatoes. When Dad invites Mrs Brown to their family barbecue, she and Grace arrive with a large bowl of tomatoes from her garden. 

    Red 2

    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 2014

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  • Locked out.

    Locked Out

    by Julie Ellis

    illustrated by Trevor Pye

    The family in this story faces a predicament that will be familiar to many readers – they have locked themselves out of their house. Luckily, a small window has been left open. Dad, Mum and big brother try to fit through, but with no success. Finally, the smallest member of the family comes to the rescue and solves the problem. 

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2001

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  • Greedy cat is hungry.

    Greedy Cat is Hungry

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    In this humorous story, Greedy Cat appeals to several family members for food but has no luck until Katie, the family’s youngest member, takes pity on him. Students will have met Greedy Cat before in The New Cat (Magenta) and in the shared text Greedy Cat.

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • At the pool.

    At the Pool

    by Janice Marriott

    illustrated by Polina Outkina

    When Mum takes James and Noah to the pool, Noah has a great time playing on an inflatable dinosaur but James worries about getting into the water. Eventually, Noah's urging and the prospect of playing on the dinosaur persuade James to overcome his fears and join in the fun.

    Red 2

    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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