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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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  • Bright fine gold.

    Bright Fine Gold

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Miners from all over the world flocked to Otago in the 1860s.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Bok choy.

    Bok Choy

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “He glared at the figure of Ah Sum moving slowly down the street …”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration, prejudice, racial discrimination

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • The red ball.

    The Red Ball

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Aki Fukuoka

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “The Red Ball” is a contemporary story, with elements of fairy tales and cautionary stories. Students will enjoy reading about a fairy who helps to get rid of a girl’s high-achieving sister. As with many traditional tales, “The Red Ball” incorporates a problem with a test and a dilemma for the main character. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fairy tales, jealousy, magical powers, other worlds, parody, siblings, sisters, spells, twins

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Tohunga.

    Tohunga

    SJ cover image.

    by Potiki

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This intense and dramatic “slice of life” story recounts the time when a mother had to take her sick child in secret to a tohunga. It is set after 1907, when the New Zealand government made it illegal for tohunga to practise rongoā Māori. “Tohunga” provides rich material for both Māori and non-Māori students to explore themes of cultural similarities and differences. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tohunga, medicine, banned, traditional, healer, suppression, illegal

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Pink umbrella.

    The Pink Umbrella

    SJ cover image.

    by Lani Young

    illustrations by Polina Outkina

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Grandma, embarrassment, relationships, respect, family

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Reckless.

    Reckless

    SJ cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Rebecca te Borg

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: responsibility, keeping safe, decisions, sharks, stepping up

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Up the pipe.

    Up the Pipe

    SJ cover image.

    by Fiona Terry

    “Up the Pipe” shows real scientists in action, working on a project that has direct relevance to our daily lives. Dr Louis Tremblay and his team investigate the sludge at sewage treatment plants and go “up the pipe” to find out what goes down household drains. They want to raise public awareness of the harmful chemicals we may be using every day and convince us to use products that are less harmful to our environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: sludge, chemicals, scientist, environment, landfill, drains, sewage, sewerage, toxic, choice, green, eco-friendly, soap

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Three legends cover.

    Three Legends

    Cover image.

    by Paula Boock

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: cricket, sport, hero, legend

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Kai crusaders cover.

    Mahinga Kai Crusaders

    Cover image.

    by Stanley Walsh

    “Mahinga Kai Crusaders” explains two very different approaches to keeping the tikanga of mahinga kai alive – one through hunting and food gathering and the other by posting videos on a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: mahinga kai, traditional, food, kaimoana, seasons, protection, skills

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Sparks cover.

    Sparks

    Cover image.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthday, argument, unfairness, sharing, siblings, brother, sister, family

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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