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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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  • Bread cover image.

    Bread

    by Bernadette Wilson

    This non-fiction text describes different types of bread, how bread is made, and how people use it. It also allows students to explore their own experiences and cultural practices around bread.  See also Waiting for Rēwana Bread.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2016

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  • Will they float cover.

    Will They Float?

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    This shared book explores the concepts of floating and sinking and of “thinking like a scientist”. As well as reading this book for interest or to support specific curriculum topics, you can use it to build students’ awareness of the features of non-fiction.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • Number one.

    Number One

    by Joy Cowley

    pictures by Jill McDonald

    This humorous, imaginative narrative features a mischievous ghost who likes to frighten people. The story is supported by striking black and white illustrations. Repetitive elements in the text provide support for less confident readers.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 1982

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  • Fantail fantail.

    Fantail, Fantail

    by Margaret Mahy

    drawings by Bruce Phillips

    This very “New Zealand” text is written as a conversation between a fantail and an unidentified person, and it informs the reader about the food that Fantail prefers. The companion text Old Tuatara ends with the same climax – the demise of an unwitting fly.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • The Way It Was.

    The Way It Was

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    In this story, a young girl compares her life with that of her great-grandmother. The illustrations are based on the period 1910–1920, but be aware that the dates of birth of your children’s great-grandparents will vary.

    Green 1

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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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

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    Series: Ready to Read

    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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  • Duckling palace.

    Duckling Palace

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Elton Gregory

    This non-fiction text describes how the SPCA cares for orphaned ducklings. It includes a report on the work of the SPCA, an explanation of how ducks waterproof their feathers, and instructions for what to do with a motherless duckling. 

    Purple 2

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Greedy Cat at the Market cover image

    Greedy Cat at the Market

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Poppy the dog is staying with Katie’s family while Nan is away. Mum and Katie decide to take Poppy for a walk to the market, leaving Greedy Cat at home – or so they think!

    Gold 1

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Greedy Cat and the Chooks cover image

    Greedy Cat and the Chooks

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    When Katie visits Aunty, she is dismayed to find that Aunty won’t let Greedy Cat inside. Instead he has to stay outside with the chooks. This proves to be a big problem for Greedy Cat and one that he is determined to solve …

    Purple 1

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: May 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

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    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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