Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
- Social Sciences
- Health and Physical Education
- Nature of science
- Living world
- Material world
- Engage with science
- Use evidence
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Spirit of the Bird
by Ben Brown
illustrations by Tom Simpson
The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.
by Paul Mason
illustrations by Andrew Burdan
In a realistic story set in the not-too-distant future, Paul Mason conveys a message that has increasing relevance today. The plot involves a family that cannot afford to buy water during a severe drought. Through implication, it appears that a single company owns the water and employs the parents of the family. When their neighbours receive a delivery of water, Ryder decides to take matters into his own hands.
by Steph Matuku, Illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White
When the strawberries in the garden start to mysteriously disappear, Huia suggests a rāhui to make sure there will be enough berries to share on her mother’s birthday.
by Steph Matuku
“Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.
by Paul Sorrell
This article, written from the perspective of a wildlife photographer, will appeal to and engage young readers. The subject matter for his camera – tomtits in the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary – is central to the information about photography.
Come and Meet the Water Whānau
by Kerrin P. Sharpe
This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.
by Feana Tu‘akoi
“Seashells” provides information about the shells that can be found on New Zealand beaches. It includes intriguing facts and photographs. This article is linked to two other pieces in this journal: “Super Shells”, which describes some ways that people use shells, and “Beach Buddy”, a craft activity.
The Zoo Debate
by Philippa Werry
This article presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos? It includes a short history of zoos and some suggestions for alternatives. It also includes lists of valid points for and against zoos.
Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin
by Ingrid N. Visser
This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.