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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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  • Dad's hat.

    Dad’s Hat

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick 

    In this narrative, Grandma has knitted a blue hat for Dad. Blue is Dad’s favourite colour, and he wears the hat everywhere until one day it gets wet and he shrinks it in the drier. Dad tries wearing some of his other hats, but they just don’t seem right. Tom feels sorry for Dad and comes up with an idea to solve Dad’s problem.

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Joe's news cover image.

    Joe's News

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    When Troy’s class find out that a Deaf boy, named Joe, will be coming to their school, they are worried they won’t be able to talk to him. Their teacher arranges for the children to learn sign language.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Little red hen cover image.

    The Little Red Hen

    retold by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    Engaging features in this story include the humour, the fantasy context (the animals behaving like humans), strong characterisation, a series of repeated events, literary language, and a clear underlying message.

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Children with an empty pet cage.

    Where's Nibbles?

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Where’s Nibbles? describes another adventure in the life of this guinea pig from Tawa School. In this story, Nibbles gets out of her cage and the children can’t find her anywhere. They become even more worried when they see the cat from next door.

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Two children with string.

    Whai (String Games)

    by Kiwa Hammond

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    In this heart-warming story, Mahi teaches Hani how to make shapes with a piece of string. Hani struggles at first, but with Mahi’s patient teaching and his perseverance, he is eventually successful. This story gives an insight into a traditional game common to many cultures and demonstrates the concept of tuakana–teina (an older sibling or cousin helping a younger one).

    Green 3

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Robot with scones.

    Fleeb Makes Scones

    by Yvonne Morrison

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    When Dad buys a robot to help with the housework, Nate and Rose are very pleased, but Mum thinks a robot is unnecessary. After getting the new robot to make scones, the children and Mum both change their minds!

    Green 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • The New Lambs cover

    The New Lambs

    Written by Hannah Davison 

    Illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    When Jake and Emily find two abandoned lambs on their farm, they take them home to care for them. Emily’s lamb quickly starts drinking the warm milk, but Jake’s lamb does not… 

    Green 1 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Stories that involve caring for animals: A Bird in the Classroom, Feeding the Birds (Yellow 2); Nibbles (Blue 1); Where’s Nibbles? (Green 2) Other stories that involve empathy and kindness: My Brother (Green 1); Mum’s New Job (Green 2); Joe’s News (Green 3)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Greedy Cat and the Vet

    Greedy Cat and the Vet

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    It’s time for Greedy Cat to go to the vet for his check-up and flu injection, but he’s not happy about it and he makes his feelings known!

    Green 2

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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