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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

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    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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    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

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    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • The Way It Was.

    The Way It Was

    by Dot Meharry

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    In this story, a young girl compares her life with that of her great-grandmother. The illustrations are based on the period 1910–1920, but be aware that the dates of birth of your children’s great-grandparents will vary.

    Green 1

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2004

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  • Bikes

    Bikes

    by Janice Marriott

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    A girl provides the reader with information about bikes, how they work, how to ride them, and how to look after them. The book concludes with comments from her family about why they like bikes. 

    Purple 1

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • Duckling palace.

    Duckling Palace

    by Philippa Werry

    photographs by Elton Gregory

    This non-fiction text describes how the SPCA cares for orphaned ducklings. It includes a report on the work of the SPCA, an explanation of how ducks waterproof their feathers, and instructions for what to do with a motherless duckling. 

    Purple 2

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    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2005

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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

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    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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