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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Two children with string.

    Whai (String Games)

    by Kiwa Hammond

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    In this heart-warming story, Mahi teaches Hani how to make shapes with a piece of string. Hani struggles at first, but with Mahi’s patient teaching and his perseverance, he is eventually successful. This story gives an insight into a traditional game common to many cultures and demonstrates the concept of tuakana–teina (an older sibling or cousin helping a younger one).

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Matariki breakfast cover image.

    Matariki Breakfast

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Rozel Pharazyn

    Matariki Breakfast describes Kara’s experience of celebrating Matariki (Māori New Year) with her whānau. It includes a retelling of a Tainui story about how the Matariki stars brought back Tama-nui-te-rā (the sun) after Māui and his brothers had caught him.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

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    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: April 2017

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  • New zealand birds cover image.

    New Zealand Birds

    by Bronwen Wall 

    This report describes the characteristics of some endemic New Zealand birds. 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 texts.

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    Audio listing the names of each of the birds followed by its call is available below:

    New Zealand Birds audio (birdcalls) (MP3, 6 MB)

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2016

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  • Haere atu.

    Haere Atu!

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    In this lively humorous story, lots of people are enjoying themselves at the beach when two hungry sandflies, Namu and Sandy, arrive looking for lunch. The sandflies are delighted to see so much exposed skin but not surprisingly, the beachgoers don’t want to be eaten! The text is enhanced by some Māori vocabulary, the meaning of which is strongly supported by the context.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Greedy cat.

    Greedy Cat

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    Greedy Cat loves food, and his name suits him well. In this story, every time Mum goes shopping for food, Greedy Cat manages to sneak and eat something from the shopping bag.

    Greedy Cat is the foundation text about Greedy Cat, and students will be able to enjoy his further adventures in several guided texts. 

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Dawn parade.

    Dawn Parade

    by Philippa Werry

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    This book presents a moving account of a child’s first experience of a dawn service. With his dad, Leo watches the marchers with their medals glinting, listens to the speeches and the “Last Post”, and joins in singing the national anthem. After the service, Leo and Dad leave poppies on the war memorial and read the names of those who have died. Keyword: Anzac

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

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    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Tshirts.

    T-shirts

    by Estelle Corney

    illustrated by Donovan Bixley 

    This lively, rhythmic, rhyming text describes T-shirts belonging to various family members. It’s an old favourite, which has been updated with new illustrations. 

    T-shirts song (MP3)

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • The safe place

    The Safe Place

    by Sue Mooar

    pictures by Clare Bowes

    This story, set on a Pacific island, tells of a hen’s search for a safe place to hatch her chicks. The strong narrative structure can be used as a model for writing, and the repetitive aspect of the text provides support for the reader.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

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    Publication date: January 1999

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  • Hole in the kings sock.

    The Hole in the King’s Sock

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this humorous fairy tale, the King commands his servants to mend a hole in his sock. Nothing works until, at last, the Queen comes up with a solution that means the King will never have to put up with cold feet again.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Shoes for the King, The King's Birthday

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • Me and my dog.

    Me and My Dog

    by Margaret Mahy

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    In this poetic text, perfect for reading aloud, a young girl and her dog greet the morning with joy and enthusiasm. Alliterative, lively verbs bounce the text along and provide many opportunities for exploring language.

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

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    Publication date: January 2004

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