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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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  • Pencils and pens.

    Pencils and Pens

    by Kate Boyle

    This report describes some school writing implements and how they have changed over the last hundred years. It includes explanations, supported by photographs and labelled diagrams of how they work.

    Purple 1

    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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  • Giant soup.

    Giant Soup

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    In this humorous fairytale-style narrative, the giant’s mother has gone on holiday leaving her son to make soup by himself for the first time. The giant catches a boy to flavour the soup, but the boy manages to outwit the giant and escape.

    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 2001

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  • Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the Junior Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Kāhu and Hōkioi  
    No Big Deal
    Poems If    
    Articles Llamas
    Haast's Eagle    
    Living in a Colourful World

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Llamas

    Llamas

    by Fiona Terry 

    Cover image.

    In this information text, Fiona and her children visit a llama farm and go on a llama trek. Fiona shares what they learnt about llamas, including where they come from and why they are farmed in New Zealand.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, farming, lifestyle blocks, llamas, South America, treks

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    No big deal.

    No Big Deal

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    illustrations by Kelly Spencer

    JJ51 TSM

    This story introduces colour-blindness in a light-hearted but informative way. When Cody goes back to school after the holidays, he can’t see why his friends are so excited about the repaint of the school. As the story progresses, his classmate Gemma notices Cody is behaving oddly. She eventually realises Cody is showing similar behaviours to her brother who is colour-blind. Could Cody be colour-blind too?

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: disability, colour-blindness, friendship, colours, red-green

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Colourful World.

    Living in a Colourful World

    by Bronwen Wall

    JJ51 TSM

    This article explains colour-blindness, a condition that is quite widespread but that many people are unaware of. The text also provides an insight into what the world is like for those who are colour-blind.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: colour-blindness, colours, disability, primary colours, red-green colour-blind

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Kahu and hokioi.

    Kāhu and Hōkioi

    by Ariana Tikao

    illustrations by Stevie Mahardhika

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cleverness, Haast’s eagle, hawk, hōkioi, kāhu, legends, Māori traditional stories, myths, trickery

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    Haasts eagle.

    Haast’s Eagle

    by David Chadwick

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: archaeology, environment, extinction, Haast’s eagle, hōkioi, moa, myths

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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    If.

    If

    by Elena de Roo

    illustration by Fraser Williamson

    JJ51 TSM

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: colours, fantasy, imagination, primary colours

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Llamas

    Llamas

    by Fiona Terry 

    Cover image.

    In this information text, Fiona and her children visit a llama farm and go on a llama trek. Fiona shares what they learnt about llamas, including where they come from and why they are farmed in New Zealand.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, farming, lifestyle blocks, llamas, South America, treks

    In: Junior Journal 51, Level 2, 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Bikes

    Bikes

    by Janice Marriott

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    A girl provides the reader with information about bikes, how they work, how to ride them, and how to look after them. The book concludes with comments from her family about why they like bikes. 

    Purple 1

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • White sunday in samoa.

    White Sunday in Sāmoa

    by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa

    photographs by Jill MacGregor

    This factual recount describes how a young Sāmoan boy, with the support of his family, gets ready to celebrate White Sunday. There is a glossary of Sāmoan terms and extra information about White Sunday at the end of the book. This book is also available in five Pasifika languages in the Tupu series.

    Turquoise 2

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Timo's shorts.

    Timo’s Shorts

    by Marie Langley

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    In this lively narrative, Timo can’t wait to show off his hot new swimming shorts. But when it’s swimming time, they’ve disappeared. Timo anxiously retraces his movements from the school pool back to the cloak bay, where he solves the mystery.

    Turquoise 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Isobel’s garden.

    Isobel’s Garden

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This is a true story set in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. When William and Sam kick their ball over the fence and go looking for it, they find themselves in an overgrown garden. Isobel, the owner of the garden, explains that her family have left Christchurch because of the earthquakes, and she has no one to help her keep it tidy. The boys and their mum help her out, but it’s a huge job, and they call in the Student Volunteer Army.

    Turquoise 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Mum’s octopus.

    Mum’s Octopus

    by Don Long

    illustrated by Gus Sinaumea Hunter

    This dramatic personal experience narrative features Sione, the boy in Finding Mum (Green). Sione’s family are collecting mussels at the beach when Mum inadvertently catches an octopus! Mum and Dad strongly disagree about what to do with the unexpected catch. 

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • A very clever possum.

    A Very Clever Possum

    by Vivienne Joseph

    illustrated by Christine Tate

    This narrative describes how Mr Lees, a keen gardener, tries to save his favourite rosebush from a hungry possum by setting a trap. Night after night, the wily possum manages to get the food out of the trap and escape. Information about possums is included inside the back cover, along with comments from the author and the illustrator.

    Orange 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1999

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