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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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  • 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 Colour Wheel

    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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  • 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 Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2009

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  • A gift for aunty ngā.

    A Gift for Aunty Ngā

    by Don Long

    illustrated by Judith Kunzlé

    In this sequel to A Quilt for Kiri (Purple), Kiri visits Rarotonga with her parents to meet Aunty Ngā and gives her a tīvaevae that she and her mother have made. This is a rich personal-experience narrative with many layers of meaning, which lends itself to expressive reading and can be returned to many times. These notes include background information about tīvaevae and some aspects of Cook Islands culture.

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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  • Blue eggs.

    Blue Eggs

    by John Dekker

    This report describes the life cycle of a song thrush, how the song thrush came to New Zealand, and why some people consider this bird to be a problem.
    This text provides opportunities for students to find and summarise information and to consider different points of view. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Red rattlers.

    Red Rattlers

    by Philippa Werry

    This report describes the old Wellington cable cars and compares them with the current cable cars.
    It includes an explanation, supported by photographs and diagrams, of the technology behind how the
    old cable cars worked. The text concludes with an interview with a present-day cable car driver. 

    Gold 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Greatest race on earth.

    The Greatest Race on Earth

    by Bronwen Wall

    This report describes why the author considers the Tour de France to be “the greatest race on Earth”. Text boxes provide information about how the race was established. This text has strong connections to students’ experiences of, or knowledge about, sports and competition. It links particularly well to the Ready to Read text Tom’s Tryathlon (Purple). 

    Gold 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Hannahs game cover image.

    Hannah's Game

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    When Hannah shows Sam how to play her new card game, she discovers at the end of the game that one card is missing! Students will enjoy working out where the missing card might be. (Students will have met Hannah and her little brother, Sam, before in Hannah’s Bike, Red 3).

    Yellow 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: April 2017

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  • Helping at the marae cover image.

    Helping at the Marae

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Phillip Paea

    When Nikau and his whānau help out at the marae, Nikau discovers that his little brother, Tama, has his own ideas about how he can help. Helping at the Marae has particular relevance to Māori students, but many students will identify with the context of helping grandparents and working alongside other family members.

    Blue 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: April 2017

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  • Grandma's vase.

    Grandma’s Vase

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    When Grandma’s vase gets broken, Malia decides they can solve the problem by making a new one. She gathers up some materials from the recycling bin, and with Grandma’s help, successfully creates a new vase. 

    Red 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: The Arts, 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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  • Noisy house.

    Noisy House

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Rachel Driscoll

    When Aunty Fay, Joe, Millie, and Buster the dog come to stay, Robbie’s quiet house becomes busy and noisy. At first, Robbie is not very happy about the changes, but after the visitors leave, he discovers his feelings have changed.

    Blue 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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