Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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The Pet Day Problem
by Kylie Parry
illustrations by Sarah Anderson
The school Pet Day is meant to be fun – but Josh doesn’t have a pet. In this story, he uses creative and critical thinking to solve his problem, constructing a worm farm as his contribution.
by Alan Bagnall
illustrations by Andrew Burdan
“Thump! Blop! Gurgle! Gulp!” There’s a taniwha in the classroom water heater – or so Noah thinks. This dramatic short story includes various clues that place his belief in doubt. Students will enjoy reading and rereading this text to look for clues to help them form their own opinion.
One Black Cat
by Rachel Collier
illustrations by Rosalind Clark
This light-hearted narrative poem tells the story of a cat attempting to catch a bird – and being outsmarted. It includes rhyme but this doesn’t follow a regular pattern.
Our Recycled Worm Farm
article and photographs by Mike Tapp
A group of schoolchildren need a bigger worm farm to house their growing worm population. They decide to make one from a discarded washing machine. One of the students recounts the procedure and resources they use to meet their goal.
by Philippa Werry
illustrations by Scott Kennedy
Tiana and Luka don’t know what to do for their birthdays. A party shop looks promising – but then some misbehaving dogs come and mess things up. The children have to come up with an innovative solution to save their (and the shopkeeper’s) day.
by Bronwen Wall
photographs by Mark Coote
This report describes the Garden to Table programme and how it operates at Cannons Creek School. The programme involves teachers and community volunteers and helps students learn how to grow and cook their own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
The Green Team
by Diana Noonan
illustrations by Josh Morgan
The Green Team enter a competition that involves growing vegetables and using them to cook a meal, but the weather turns out to be a big problem. The team need to think creatively if they are to have a chance of winning. This story features characters (and food) from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
The Jungle in my Garden
by Dr Simon Pollard
This report describes some common spiders and insects found in New Zealand gardens. The author, an expert on spiders, considers the spiders and insects in his garden to be as exciting as wild animals in a jungle.
Zapped! Chapter 1: The Project
by Renata Hopkins
illustrations by Scott Pearson
This is the first chapter of a humorous science-fiction story designed to “hook” year 3 students into reading chapter books by themselves. In this chapter, twins Ana and Tai build a robot for a school project. Overnight, the robot gets “zapped” by lightning and comes to life, creating all kinds of problems! The chapter ends with the story hanging in suspense – and with an expectation of more trouble to follow.