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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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  • Undersea Gardens book cover.

    Undersea Gardens

    by Julie Ellis

    This report provides information about seaweeds found in New Zealand waters and how they are used. There is a quiz activity that helps children to apply knowledge from diagrams to actual examples. The rich content means that this text is best read over more than one session and shared before being used for guided reading.

    Gold 2

    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 2003

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  • The Water Slide book cover.

    The Water Slide

    by Jane Buxton

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    In this simple but action-packed story, a child describes her experience of playing on a water slide with her dad, including her attempt to involve the family cat. 

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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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

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Colour wheel level: Magenta

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Simi Helps book cover.

    Simi Helps

    by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrated by Samuel Sakaria

    Simi's family is preparing an ‘umu and Simi wants to help but nobody has a job for him. As he sits under a tree thinking it’s not fair, he notices there is no smoke coming up from the ‘umu. When he alerts Dad and Papa, they realise the fire has gone out and that they needed his help after all. 

    Yellow 3

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Yellow

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • The Night the House Shook book cover.

    The Night the House Shook

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Kelly Spencer

    This story, narrated by a young boy, is based on an actual experience during the Christchurch earthquake of September 2010. An earthquake wakes the boy. When the shaking stops, his parents check on the children and discover that his little brother, Lenny, has slept through the whole thing. When Lenny wakes, he can’t understand why his room is so messy. 

    Blue 3

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • The White Tailed Spider.

    The White Tailed Spider

    by Tina Johnson

    photographs by Aaron Beck

    This report both acknowledges that the white- tailed spider has a “bad name” and presents a different point of view. Although it has an informal conversational style, the report also includes some examples of the more formal language of report writing and of persuasive texts. 

    Gold 2

    #LFH

    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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  • Matariki.

    Matariki

    by Waitangi Teepa

    illustrated by Thaw Naing

    This report first explains some of the stories and beliefs associated with Matariki, the Màori New Year, especially its links to the stars. It then describes some of the ways that Matariki is celebrated.

    Gold 2

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2010

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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

    #LFH

    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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  • Wheke.

    Wheke

    by Sean O’Connor

    illustrated by Vaughan Flanagan

    In this narrative, Martin feels uneasy about getting too close to the octopus at the marine laboratory, but after he spends more time there, he manages to overcome his fears.

    Gold 1

    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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  • Night is a blanket.

    Night Is a Blanket

    by Barbara Hill

    illustrations by Clare Bowes

    In this poetic story within a story, a grandfather makes up a bedtime story for his grandchildren to explain how the moon was formed. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2008

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