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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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  • Mihi and the foghorn father cover.

    Mihi and the Foghorn Father

    Sj level 2 aug 2011 cover.

    by Rachel Hayward

    Family relationships and the need for honesty are the themes of this charming story about a girl and her over-enthusiastic Dad. Mihi loves her Dad, but when he watches her play rugby, his loud advice and encouragement put her off her game. When she bravely lets Dad know this, he makes a deal with her that helps them both to enjoy the match. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Family, relationships, honesty, girl, rugby, Dad

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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  • Power cover.

    Power

    Sj level 2 aug 2011 cover.

    by Alex Taylor

    Where does power come from? Starting with some familiar electrical structures, the article traces the source of the power needed to charge an electric toothbrush. It follows the journey back from the power outlet in the wall, through roadside structures and transmission lines, to the waters of Lake Taupō. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: power, electrical structures, source of power, electric toothbrush, water, Lake Taupō

    In: School Journal, Level 2 August 2011

    Publication date: August 2011

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  • Grin from ear to ear cover.

    A Grin from Ear to Ear

    Sj level 2 oct 2011 cover.

    by Tipene Watson

    A boy and his koro enjoy a day fishing together. When the boy reels in the biggest fish he has ever caught, enough to feed the whole family for dinner, he proudly poses for the camera with his catch. Readers will share his surprise when Koro then tells him to release the fish. By explaining that it will go on to produce more in the future, Koro shares his values and traditions about sustainability with his moko.

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: boy, koro, fishing, values, traditions, sustainability, moko

    In: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Publication date: October 2011

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  • Asthma cover.

    Asthma

    Sj level 2 oct 2011 cover.

    by Denise Silk-Martelli

    This article explains what happens during an asthma attack, what triggers asthma, and how people control it. To help readers connect the information to a real-life context, the article includes the example of a specific person’s experiences. Amber and the narrator describe how she manages her asthma, how other people can help, and how she is able to participate in everyday activities.

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: asthma attack, asthma, activity, health

    In: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Publication date: October 2011

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  • Tiakina a tangaroa cover.

    Tiakina a Tangaroa

    Sj level 2 oct 2011 cover.

    by Jill MacGregor

    This article, about a class’s science investigation, recounts how the students compare the sea life of a “protected” marine reserve with that at an “unprotected” beach. They discover clear differences and identify the harm people do to the environment by littering. The students raise community awareness of the issue by organising a sponsored parade. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: science investigation, students, sea life, protected, marine reserve, beach, environment, littering, community awareness

    In: School Journal, Level 2 October 2011

    Publication date: October 2011

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  • Awarua the taniwha cover.

    Awarua The Taniwha of Porirua

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by Wiremu Grace

    Illustrations by Lee Watt

    Rereroa the albatross teaches her friend Awarua, the taniwha, how to fly. In the process, Awarua creates some of the geographical features around the Porirua area, such as the flat top of Mana Island, which was caused when she crash-landed on top of the island, and the valley in Whitireia. The story explores the tuakana–teina relationship of an expert teaching a novice.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Awarua, landforms, legends, Mana Island, myths, Porirua, Rereroa, taniwha, traditional stories, Whitireia

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Davy lowston cover.

    My Name Is Davy Lowston

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Spike Wademan 

    This text is a fictionalised recount. Davy Lowston was among a group of sealers set down on the Open Bay Islands (off the west coast of the South Island) in 1810. The ship that was to pick them up sank in a storm, and the men were marooned for four years. Their story is the basis of one of the earliest folk songs in New Zealand.

    Listen to the song of Davy Lowston:

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: castaways, folk songs, New Zealand history, sealers, seals, shipwrecked, survival, whalers

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Night light cover.

    Night Light

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by David Hill

    Illustrations by Scott Pearson 

    This article presents facts and phenomena about the moon, such as tides and phases of the moon. It’s a companion piece to “Cool Facts about a Hot Place” (School Journal, Level 2, October 2015). Together they provide a great platform for exploring the Planet Earth and Beyond science strand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: gravity, meteorites, moon, moon landing, phases of the moon, tides

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Star man cover.

    Tunç Tezel: Star Man

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by David Chadwick

    Photographs by Tunç Tezel

    An interview with astrophotographer Tunç Tezel. His photographs appear in the October 2015 School Journal (Level 2). 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: analemma, cameras, moon, photography, planets, solar eclipse, space, stars, Turkey, Tutulemma

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Te marama cover.

    Te Marama

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    "Tonight I can't sleep."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: koro, marama, moon, poetry, te reo Māori

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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