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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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  • Becoming toroa cover image.

    Becoming Toroa

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

    by Greg O’Connell

    A poem

    "We are driving down the twists and turns of Carsick Road."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: albatross, carsickness, driving, ocean, poetry, toroa, visualising

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Good as Gold

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

     by James O’Sullivan

    Illustrations by Yunie Lee

    This play combines sci-fi with humour and provides students with an opportunity to read, enjoy, and perform. A number of abstract financial capability concepts are embedded in the story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banking, bartering, borrowing, financial capability, humour, interest rates, lending, percentages, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • Queen of the board cover image.

    Queen of the Board

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

    by Anahera Gildea

    Illustrations by Taeri Christopherson

    "My sister Tiana won the school chess championship, and ever since, it’s like she thinks she’s Genesis Potini or something."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: board games, challenge, chess, competition, imagination, mentoring, sibling rivalry, sisters, strategy, tuakana-teina relationship

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • Seals cover image.

    Seals

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

     by Susan Brocker

    This article presents information about seals in an engaging way. Students can find out about the ways seals are adapted for living on land and sea, the various species found around New Zealand, and how they raise their pups.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adaptation, elephant seals, endangered species, environment, fur seals, leopard seals, rookeries, sea lions, sealers, seals, species

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • The chess champions of nūhaka cover image.

    The Chess Champions of Nūhaka

    School Journal L2 August 2016 cover image.

    by Kiwa Hammond

    Nūhaka School took out the title of “Most Successful School” in the Hawke’s Bay junior chess championship last year. The interest in chess at the school was sparked by a workshop given by Genesis Potini (subject of the New Zealand film The Dark Horse) several years ago.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: board games, chess, chess notation, concentration, Genesis Potini, Gisborne, inspiration, Nūhaka, teamwork, The Dark Horse, tournaments

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    Lost in the Bush

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Serie Barford

    The style of this graphic text will appeal to many students, and the humour will engage their interest. The story concerns an urban school group on a trip to the bush. The children are told the rules of the bush and set off to complete their worksheets.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accidents, action, bush, comics, Department of Conservation, first aid, graphic novel, graphic text, illustrations, leadership, lost, managing self, Pasifika, responsibility, safety, survival, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Mossie

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Tira Johnson

    "Riki didn’t want lunch. His puku was feeling weird – all tight and jumpy. It had jumped all the way to school as he walked behind his cousin Tu."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Australia, change, culture, fitting in, games, heritage, immigration, Mossies, rugby, relating to others, school, touch, te reo Māori, tikanga

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Getting Closer

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Paul Sorrell

    This article, written from the perspective of a wildlife photographer, will appeal to and engage young readers. The subject matter for his camera – tomtits in the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary – is central to the information about photography.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: birds, birdsong, birdwatching, cameras, conservation, ecosanctuary, endangered species, environment, fieldcraft, kōmiromiro, miromiro, ngirungiru, Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary, photography, species, tomtits

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Polish Refugee Children

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Ali MacKisack

    This true story of Adelphi Zawada’s grandparents will be engaging for students in year 4, although it is complex and presents some interesting challenges. Adelphi tells how her grandparents, as children, along with over a million other Polish people, were sent to work camps in Russia following the invasion of their country by the USSR during the Second World War.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, community, conflict, culture, family, grandparents, heritage, immigration, Iran, loss, Pahiatua, Persia, Poland, Polish Children’s Camp, refugees, Second World War, separation, survival, traditions, USSR, World War Two

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Close-up

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Tim Upperton

    "Bird on a branch.

    Tomtit on a broken twig.

    Male ngirungiru in a makomako tree..."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birds, birdwatching, illustration, ngirungiru, observation, poetry, tomtit

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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