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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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  • Tons of tomatoes.

    Tons of Tomatoes

    SJ cover image.

    by Georgina Barnes

    “Tons of Tomatoes” shows readers inside a hydroponics glasshouse, where Johnny’s Uncle Reupena grows tomatoes. Along with Johnny, readers learn about hydroponics. Students will be able to make connections and comparisons with what they already know about growing plants. The article is well illustrated with photographs and is supported by an interview with Uncle Reupena. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tomatoes, growing, soil, glasshouse, horticulture

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Otautahi octopoem.

    Otautahi Octopoem

    SJ cover image.

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Christchurch, garden, poetry, poem, ideas, spring

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • I want to be zippy.

    I Want to Be Zippy!

    Cover image.

    by Fiona Liddell

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: argument, cooperation, solving problems, play, disagreement

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Reading a boat.

    Reading a Boat

    Cover image.

    by Don Long

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    “Reading a Boat” is an account of a family taking a ferry ride, which becomes an exploration of signs on the ferry. The family continue their exploration of signs when they arrive on land, and they discuss how we know which signs are important.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: boats, signs, photographs, ferry, safety, decisions

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • A clever way of storing food.

    Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food

    Cover image.

    by Dr Michael Stevens

    “Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food” explains the traditional Māori way for storing harvested tītī (muttonbirds). The practice of using pōhā to store the tītī has been passed on through generations and is still being used today.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: food, storage, preserving, kelp, tītī, mutton bird, pōhā, harakeke

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Where are the fairies.

    Where Are the Fairies?

    Cover image.

    by Serie Barford

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairies, ferries, confusion, poem

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Nobody laughed.

    Nobody Laughed

    Cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    “Nobody Laughed” is the humorous story of what happens when a class arrives back at school after the summer holidays and each child has the same bright-green bag. The bags get muddled and the only way to find out who owns which bag is to open them. The main character is really worried about how the others will react when they see the “secret favourite thing” in his bag. It soon becomes clear that everyone has their own secret item.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: secrets, embarrassment, laughing

    In: School Journal Level 2 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Ant and the grasshopper cover.

    The Ants and the Grasshopper

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Dave Armstrong

    "It was a cold winter’s night. A southerly gale was blowing up from Antarctica. Every creature in the bush was freezing — except the ants. The ants were safe and warm inside their colony, and they had plenty to eat." 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: financial literacy, saving money, ants, grasshoppers, hibernation, moral, fable

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Iron tamariki cover.

    Iron Tamariki

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Paora Tibble

    Mana hates running, but he’s training to compete in the Iron-Māori Tamariki. His dad is sure he can do it. On the day, his whānau is there in support, and Mana is very happy with the result.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: exercise, healthy lifestyles, Māori, overcoming obstacles, determination, fitness, families

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • First world war mascots cover.

    First World War Mascots

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Philippa Werry

    Many students will be familiar with the use of mascots by sports teams, but they may be surprised to learn that mascots have also been used in wars. This text describes mascots used by New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Students may have some awareness of the First World War through Anzac Day commemorations and from events to mark its centenary in 2014. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, dogs, animals, mascots, history, war, soldiers, army

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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