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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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  • The queen of spain.

    The Queen of Spain

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Freya Blackwood

    This recount of an imaginary trip on Grandpa’s boat The Queen of Spain mixes fantasy and reality. It links well with Dragon (Orange), also by Alan Bagnall. 

    Purple 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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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 Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2004

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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 Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1998

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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 Colour Wheel

    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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  • 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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