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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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  • E kō, k kō.

    E Kō, E Kō - Morning Chorus (from Night is a Blanket)

    by Hirini Melbourne

    illustration by Peter Campbell

    This Māori song, with an English translation, encourages children to make connections to their experiences of hearing bird songs as the new day arrives. This poem is best used for shared reading. The birds illustrated around the poem are, anticlockwise from top left, grey warbler, stitchbird, tūì, saddleback, bellbird, and whitehead. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • People gathering with food.

    Mālō e Lelei

    Poem card

    A poem that describes how using the Tongan greeting mālō e lelei makes the narrator feel special. (This card is ordered individually.)

    Download the full size PDF using the Text link.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Bubbles

    Bubbles

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2000

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  • Dragons dragons dragons.

    Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley

    In this lively, humorous, big book for shared reading, four fiery dragons are having trouble making friends.

    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

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Dads snore.

    Dad’s Snore

    by Heather Lovich

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley

    In this humorous narrative Dad’s snore is affecting everyone in the household. This text is available as a big book, and there is an audio version online.

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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  • King of the mountain cover.

    I’m the King of the Mountain

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Dick Frizzell

    In this lively, rhythmic text, suitable for sharing across all levels, a flea boasts that he is King of the Mountain, only to have the title snatched from him by a bigger, more threatening neighbour. The title is repeatedly relinquished as bigger, more intimidating animals come along, but the clever flea, using a little trickery, wins back the day. 

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1984

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  • Tshirts.

    T-shirts

    by Estelle Corney

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley 

    This lively, rhythmic, rhyming text describes T-shirts belonging to various family members. It’s an old favourite, which has been updated with new illustrations. 

    T-shirts song (MP3)

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • The safe place

    The Safe Place

    by Sue Mooar

    pictures by Clare Bowes

    This story, set on a Pacific island, tells of a hen’s search for a safe place to hatch her chicks. The strong narrative structure can be used as a model for writing, and the repetitive aspect of the text provides support for the reader.

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 1999

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  • Hole in the kings sock.

    The Hole in the King’s Sock

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this humorous fairy tale, the King commands his servants to mend a hole in his sock. Nothing works until, at last, the Queen comes up with a solution that means the King will never have to put up with cold feet again.

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

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • Me and my dog.

    Me and My Dog

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this poetic text, perfect for reading aloud, a young girl and her dog greet the morning with joy and enthusiasm. Alliterative, lively verbs bounce the text along and provide many opportunities for exploring language.

    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, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2004

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