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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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  • Is that an earthquake.

    Is That an Earthquake?

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    A young boy wonders anxiously whether the movements and noises around his home could be an earthquake, and then, suddenly an earthquake does happen. The story incorporates a recount and an explanation and is told entirely through dialogue. There are safety instructions inside the back cover.

    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

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • Greedy cat is hungry.

    Greedy Cat is Hungry

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    In this humorous story, Greedy Cat appeals to several family members for food but has no luck until Katie, the family’s youngest member, takes pity on him. Students will have met Greedy Cat before in The New Cat (Magenta) and in the shared text Greedy Cat.

    Red 2

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • In the bush.

    In the Bush

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Martin Simpson

    While Dad and Harry are walking in the bush, a stick lands on Dad’s arm – or at least that's what Dad thinks. Harry looks more closely and realises that it’s a stick insect. When the stick insect starts to walk up Dad’s arm, Harry carefully puts it onto a tree.

    Red 3

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Talking to Nanny.

    Talking to Nanny

    by Jo Carson-Barr

    illustrated by Martin Simpson

    Aroha misses her nanny very much but lives too far away to go and visit her. Instead, her mum sets up the computer so that Aroha and Nanny can use the Internet to see and talk to each other.

    Yellow 1

    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

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Greedy cat's door.

    Greedy Cat’s Door

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    It’s Christmas time, and Greedy Cat overdoes his Christmas dinner with disastrous but hilarious results when he gets stuck in his cat door. Katie does her best to help, but this time, it’s Dad who solves Greedy Cat’s problem. 

    Blue 3

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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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

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    Series: Ready to Read

    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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  • The New Cat book cover.

    The New Cat

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Robyn Belton

    This story is about Greedy Cat arriving at Katie’s house as a kitten, and it describes how he gets his name. The New Cat is best read after you have shared the big book Greedy Cat so the students are already familiar with his personality and with the concept of “greediness”.

    Magenta

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Kiwi in a forest.

    How Kiwi Saved the Forest

    retold by André Ngāpō

    illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

    This tale is set at a time in the mythical past when Kiwi can fly, but when the trees of the forest are dying. When Tāne-hokahoka (guardian of the birds) and Tāne-mahuta (guardian of the trees) ask each bird to come and live on the forest floor and eat the insects that are destroying the trees, only Kiwi is prepared to give up his life in the sky.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • King of the mountain cover.

    I’m the King of the Mountain

    by Joy Cowley

    illustrated by Dick Frizzell

    In this lively, rhythmic text, suitable for sharing across all levels, a flea boasts that he is King of the Mountain, only to have the title snatched from him by a bigger, more threatening neighbour. The title is repeatedly relinquished as bigger, more intimidating animals come along, but the clever flea, using a little trickery, wins back the day. 

    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: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1984

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  • Lost.

    Lost

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Philip Webb

    Finn tells Mum he has found a small lost creature in the garden shed. Mum doesn’t look at the creature, so she thinks Finn is playing make-believe. But she plays along and tells Finn that the lost creature will need its mother and Finn will have to find her. After thinking hard, Finn comes up with a plan. Mum is shocked to discover at the end of the story that Finn wasn’t making things up! This delightful fantasy story is actually a poem, narrated entirely in rhyme.

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    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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