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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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  • White sunday in samoa.

    White Sunday in Sāmoa

    by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa

    photographs by Jill MacGregor

    This factual recount describes how a young Sāmoan boy, with the support of his family, gets ready to celebrate White Sunday. There is a glossary of Sāmoan terms and extra information about White Sunday at the end of the book. This book is also available in five Pasifika languages in the Tupu series.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Te pepi hou.

    Te Pēpi Hou

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    Kāhu is nervous about a new baby coming. He misses Mum when she goes to the hospital and is not happy about having to spend so much time on his own when the baby first comes home. Then one day, the baby smiles at Kāhu, and his feelings about Āio change.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Timo's shorts.

    Timo’s Shorts

    by Marie Langley

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    In this lively narrative, Timo can’t wait to show off his hot new swimming shorts. But when it’s swimming time, they’ve disappeared. Timo anxiously retraces his movements from the school pool back to the cloak bay, where he solves the mystery.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Kapa Haka

    Kapa Haka

    by Lisa Rangiaho and Kahurangi Rangiaho-Katipa

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When she joins the school kapa haka group, Marama feels nervous but is supported by her older sister and Whaea Mere. In this recount, Marama practises hard and is honoured to wear her nan’s pounamu for their performance.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Inside the maize maze.

    Inside the Maize Maze

    by Sharon Holt

    photographs by Anthony Russell

    This text begins with an explanation about mazes and then recounts the narrator’s experience of being inside a maize maze. There is another example of a maze on the inside back cover.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • The king's birthday.

    The King’s Birthday

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    The King is upset because nobody seems to have remembered his birthday. Lunch, however, reveals a lovely surprise. This is a sequel (with lots of delightful links) to The Hole in the King’s Sock (Shared Reading).

    Turquoise 1

    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: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • No more cakes.

    No More Cakes

    retold by Barbara Beveridge

    illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    In this humorous tale, the hungry cat eats everyone and everything he meets until the tables are finally turned by the landcrabs with their sharp claws.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • Isobel’s garden.

    Isobel’s Garden

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a true story set in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. When William and Sam kick their ball over the fence and go looking for it, they find themselves in an overgrown garden. Isobel, the owner of the garden, explains that her family have left Christchurch because of the earthquakes, and she has no one to help her keep it tidy. The boys and their mum help her out, but it’s a huge job, and they call in the Student Volunteer Army.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Butterfly day.

    Butterfly Day

    by Judy Raymond and Room Ten, Maungawhau School

    In this factual recount, Room Ten shares their excitement when a monarch butterfly emerges from a chrysalis in their classroom. It includes an explanation, written by a child, of how a butterfly is formed.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1999

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