Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
- Social Sciences
- The Arts
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Health and Physical Education
- Nature of science
- Living world
- Geometry and Measurement
- Physical world
- Technological knowledge
- Material world
- Number and Algebra
- Planet Earth and beyond
- Gather and interpret data
- Interpret representations
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The Subantarctic Islands
written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
This visual text uses words and cartoon-style images to provide information about the five groups of islands that are found between New Zealand and Antarctica. The information is presented in a lively way, organised into sections that tell what and where the islands are, the weather they share, and their flora and fauna.
Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:
An Island in Time
by Philippa Werry
An Island in Time is about Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. The text contains three articles, a timeline, and a glossary (which applies to all three articles). Using the book as a whole (over a series of lessons) provides opportunities for students to make connections across the different text types as well as with their own experiences. The key theme to explore across the three articles is how different people have viewed and used the land and how this has changed over time.
by Teremoana Hodges
In this well-illustrated article, we learn about the origins, meanings, and construction of tīvaevae, the beautiful hand-sewn Cook Islands Māori bedspreads. The text provides opportunities for students to be exposed to and engage with the positive values that are associated with the concept of akano‘anga Kūki‘Āirani (Cook Islands culture). These are highlighted through the description of the time, hard work, and skill involved in making tīvaevae and the beauty of the finished product.
Raʻui: Giving It Back to the Gods
This article explores a scientific issue from a Pacific worldview. It describes how the people of the Cook Islands have attempted to manage and protect their marine resources with the tradition of ra‘ui. The article highlights the very real issues that make success difficult and the diversity and validity of different people’s perspectives on ra‘ui.
Captain Cook Charting Our Islands
This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).
John Pule - Artist of the Pacific
by Gregory O’Brien
This article describes the life and work of John Pule, a well-known Pasifika artist and poet. It tells the story of John’s development as an internationally acclaimed artist (from winning an art competition at the age of nine to a life-changing return to Niue over twenty years later).
That’s the Way
by Lino Nelisi
illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt
This dramatic narrative describes Animoe’s exciting experience of achieving her goal of playing in her mother’s kirikiti team. The text draws out the friendly, lively nature of island cricket and of Animoe’s parents’ pride in her performance. It’s available in five Pacific languages in the Tupu series, and audio versions in both English and Niuean are on Tupu CD Two, item 10625.
by Tricia Glensor
This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.
The Plastic-free Challenge
by Deanna Ferguson
When the Room 5 students at Motueka South School saw a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, they were inspired to take action. There’s a lot of media attention on how plastic is polluting the oceans, and it sometimes seems as if the problem is too big to tackle. These students show that it’s possible to make small changes that lead to big results.