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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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  • Stick insects.

    Stick Insects

    by Dawn McMillan 

    This simple report describes what a stick insect is, where it lives, what it eats, how it keeps safe, and what its life cycle is. 

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Maui and the sun.

    Māui and the Sun

    retold by June Melser

    pictures by Cliff Whiting

    This is a retelling of the legend of Māui’s successful campaign to slow the sun. Lively dialogue helps to develop characterisation and encourages expressive reading.

    Purple 2

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 1984

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  • Extraordinary earthworms.

    Extraordinary Earthworms

    by Sean O’Connor

    photographs by Aaron Beck

    This report reveals some surprising facts about earthworms, but its focus is on how earthworms improve the soil and help plants grow.

    Gold 2

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Big Machine Boogie.

    Big Machine Boogie

    by Sally Sutton

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This lively poem captures the excitement and enthusiasm of a class of students who have created their own “big machine boogie”, inspired by the movements of machines at work nearby.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Traditional chinese new year activities.

    Chinese New Year

    by Cherie Wu

    photographs by Mark Coote

    This book follows Murphy and his family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year. It describes significant aspects of the fifteen days of celebrations, including decorations, clothing, food, and special events. 

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Wheels cover image.

    Wheels

    by Bronwen Wall

    This non-fiction text makes connections to students’ everyday experiences of using wheels. It also explores the history of wheels, how wheels work, and some different sorts of wheels, providing many “stepping-off points” for further reading and investigation. 

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Technology

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • The three princesses cover image.

    The Three Princesses

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick

    The Three Princesses is a humorous story based on traditional fairy tale ideas, but with a humorous twist, similar to stories like The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch or Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: April 2017

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  • Bread cover image.

    Bread

    by Bernadette Wilson

    This non-fiction text describes different types of bread, how bread is made, and how people use it. It also allows students to explore their own experiences and cultural practices around bread.  See also Waiting for Rēwana Bread.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2016

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  • Will they float cover.

    Will They Float?

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    This shared book explores the concepts of floating and sinking and of “thinking like a scientist”. 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.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2016

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  • Number one.

    Number One

    by Joy Cowley

    pictures by Jill McDonald

    This humorous, imaginative narrative features a mischievous ghost who likes to frighten people. The story is supported by striking black and white illustrations. Repetitive elements in the text provide support for less confident readers.

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 1982

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