Years 5 & 6

Saturday the 15th of July

The term 3 book for #NZreadaloud9 is ‘The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain’ by Julie Lamb


‘Summer Rain is, more-or-less, your average pre-teen girl. She’s also a bit of a tomboy and the class clown, preferring the company of the boys to the girls. Her father works in the city, and stays there during the week, so she mostly lives with her frugal grandfather. So frugal, in fact, that he’s taped over the light switches to conserve electricity, doesn’t believe in indoor plumbing, and sends Summer out each week to pick up scraps from the neighbours to feed the chickens.

Except they have no chickens.

Then her grandfather gets himself a new girlfriend. A woman with a dubious past and a string of ex-husbands. Summer knows her grandfather has money – he’s just too stingy to spend it – so could Macy be lining him up to be her next ex-? If so, something’s got to be done.

Luckily, Summer’s grandmother works in the crystal store, and her assistant Apple has more than a trick or two up her sleeve. Can they brew an un-love potion? Meanwhile, the popular, nice girl, Juanita, seems to want to be her friend. Is she for real? And what if she finds out all the embarrassing stuff about Summer’s life?

There is humour aplenty, a female protagonist (as requested), and vocabulary and language features that dazzle.

Registrations closed



The chapter breakdown is as follows:

Wk3 (7 – 11 Aug) Chapters 1-7 (39 pgs)

Wk4 (14-18 Aug) Chapters 8-16 (39 pgs)

Wk5 (21-25 Aug) Chapters 17-26 (41 pgs)

Wk6 (28- 1 Sept) Chapters 27-36 (39 pgs)

Wk7 (4 – 8 Sept) Chapters 37-44 (37 pgs)

Wk8 (11-15 Sept) Chapters 45-40 (39 pgs)

This may seem a lot of chapters to cover per week but the chapters are very short being only 3-4 pages long.


Thursday the 20th of April

A huge welcome to any newcomers to #NZreadaloud!

After much deliberation the book selection for Term 2 is ‘Sinking’ by David Hill.



Conrad is determined to make it into the National swimming squad. He is busy training. His early mornings are taken up swimming and most afternoons he runs. One morning on his way to training Conrad is accosted by a strange old man who jumps out of the bushes and says weird, frightening things to him. Before Conrad can tell anyone what has happened he learns that the man is Bex’s grandfather, George Abbott. Bex is the new girl at school. Her grandfather is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s and Bex begs Conrad not to tell anyone about him. But George’s problem soon becomes common knowledge when he is seen by locals down at the river yelling. Later, the police are even called as the confused man is found wandering aimlessly in a distressed state.

According to Bex, George doesn’t have Alzheimer’s. Since the death of his wife George has been having episodes where he becomes confused and wanders off. He is drawn to the river where years ago his friend Ted drowned. Conrad is determined to help Bex, who he finds both annoying and intriguing. What he doesn’t realise is that getting involved in her family problems causes complications for him. In fact, by trying to solve the mystery of George’s obsession with the river, he is even putting his own life in danger.


Hill uses humour to explore the importance of loyalty to family, the development of friendships, and respect for others. Working hard to achieve success is prominent with the past affecting the future.

#NZreadaloud8S will run from Wk3 15th of May until Wk8 23rd of June

The chapter breakdown is as follows:

Wk3 (15-19 May) 1-5        26 pgs

Wk4 (22-26 May) 6-11      30 pgs

Wk5 (29-2 June) 12-16     29 pgs

Wk6 (5-9 June) 17-20       27 pgs

Wk7 (12-16 June) 21-24   24 pgs

Wk8 (19-23 June) 25-28   30 pgs

Teaching notes available

Please register below.

NOTE: Registrations close Tuesday the 2nd of May.



Wednesday the 11th of January

Welcome back to all existing #NZreadaloud participants and a very big welcome to any teachers who are new to the #NZreadaloud team.

The book selected for #NZreadaloud7 is ‘The Bold Ship Phenomenal’ by Sarah Johnson.


The Bold Ship Phenomenal is a story in two parts, running parallel to each other. Malachi is an 11 year old boy who is struggling with life. His mum has recently passed away, his dad is coping by disappearing into a shell, and he has been asked to complete a science project by the dreaded Mrs Green.

While he is walking along the beach – his favourite place to think – he finds a bottle with a ship in it. This is pretty cool in itself, but when Malachi discovers that the scene in the bottle changes, it becomes even more interesting. As the events inside the bottle change and develop, Malachi starts to think about how he could change his life outside the bottle.

He decides that he is going to go and join an environmental protest by stowing away in a truck and heading north – but things don’t go as smoothly as he had hoped. And I haven’t even mentioned the pig… (Goodreads)

There are a variety of conservation themes in this book that would make it a great starting off point for a science topic.  Some might be ‘Illegal Smuggling of Native Wildlife’ and ‘Do Protestors Make A Difference?’ and ‘New Zealand Native Animals’. Added into the mix, is a theme of ‘Loss of a Loved One’. There is also a little bit of magic and fantasy thrown in. The quality vocabulary used will extend students and plenty of avenues for personal inquiry.

Registrations closed on Tuesday the 31st of January.


CHAPTER BREAKDOWN will go like this:

Week 3: Pre reading activities

Week 4: Chapters 1 – 6 (37 pages)

Week 5: Chapters 7 – 13 (38 pages)

Week 6: Chapters 14 – 19 (37 pages)

Week 7: Chapters 20 – 27 (40 pages)

Week 8: Chapters 28 – 35 (37 pages)

Week 9: Chapters 36 – 43 (40 pages)

* It may seem like quite a few chapters and pages per week but the chapters are very short and the book is in large print.

Sunday the 17th of July

The amazing book for #NZreadaloud6 is …

‘Dunger’ by Joy Cowley


We will start Week 3 of Term 3 Monday 8th August and run through to Week 6 Friday 16th September.

CHAPTER BREAKDOWN will go like this:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 4 (25 pages)

Week 2: Chapters 5 – 9 (25 pages)

Week 3: Chapters 10 – 15 (24 pages)

Week 4: Chapters 16 – 22 (27 pages)

Week 5: Chapters 23 – 28 (26 pages)

Week 6: Chapters 29 – 36 (29 pages)

* It may seem like quite a few chapters per week but as you can see from the number of pages that the chapters are very short.

For those who would like more information about the book please refer to these notes Dunger_Teaching_Notes

*Registrations close on Wednesday the 27th of July*


JOY COWLEY has an official website with links to all her many works.


Sunday the 1st of May

The #NZreadaloud5 deadline for registrations is fast approaching. Get registered for a term of connected and collaborative learning across NZ. Registrations close Friday 5pm 6th of May.


Wednesday the 20th of April

The book selection for #NZreadaloud5 has been made! I’m excited to announce that Des Hunt’s book Frog Whistle Mine is the focus for this term.


‘Set in Charleston, a gold-mining ghost town 30km south of Westport, Frog Whistle Mine is an exciting, beautifully written contemporary action adventure stories for children, with ecological themes. Twelve-year-old Tony has lived all around New Zealand, travelling with his nomadic Mum, and desperately wants somewhere to belong. When they arrive in Charleston, he is almost afraid to hope this might finally be the place, but is desperate not to be disappointed yet again. With a unique bush and coastal environment to explore, an interesting group of people to come to know – and a gathering mystery that starts from his very first night, when he finds out to his delight that he is to sleep alone in the bush in an old caravan …all the ingredients for a satisfying and exciting read are brought together, with some surprising outcomes.’  

This will run for 6 weeks beginning Monday the 16th of May and finishing Friday the 24th of June (Wk 3 – Wk 8).

The break down of Chapters is as follows:

Week 1 (16th – 20th May): Chapters 1-4

Week 2 (23rd – 27th May): Chapters 5-8

Week 3 (30th May – 3rd June): Chapters 9-12

Week 4 (6th – 10th June): Chapters 13-17

Week 5 (13th – 17th June): Chapters 18-21

Week 6 (20th – 24th June): Chapters 22-26

Please fill in the Google form in order to Register 

For all participants we recommend you join the Facebook Group:
For all the information you need about #NZreadaloud go to the blog:
For crowd-sourced examples of tasks which have been used during #NZreadaloud:

If you haven’t yet provided the Team with feedback about your #NZreadaloud4 experiences please take the time to do so now as we would love to find out how we could assist and improve things for you.



Friday the 5th of February

Thank you to all of you stunning teachers who are giving something new a go in your Literacy programme. Registrations have now closed for #NZreadaloud4. If you missed out please check back here to register early for next term’s text.

We are still short of some Team Leaders so please let me know if you are able to help out as it would make the load easier on all involved.

Team Leaders will have their lists shortly and they will advise you with your group code.




Monday the 11th of January
And the winner is …

Book Cover: Conrad Cooper's Last Stand

Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew

Many thanks to Belinda Whyte for this suggestion and her multiple others. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to put forward suggestions of the numerous amazing books by our talented NZ authors. I thoroughly enjoyed the task of having to read so many books! Choosing just one to start the year was very difficult.

This book stood out for me for a number of reasons. Firstly was the humour. Leonie’s style of writing from the point of a 10 year old boy incorporates many scenes in the classroom where you will be laughing at the poor teacher. I thought our NZ Maori perspective entwined throughout the book and expecially on the occupation of Bastion Point was very important. The theme of standing up for what you believe in is critical as the exploration of various relationships is played out.

The break down of Chapters is as follows:

Week 1 (29 Feb. – 4 March): Chapters 1-4

Week 2 (7 – 11 March): Chapters 5-8

Week 3 (14 – 18 March): Chapters 9-12

Week 4 (21 – 25 March): Chapters 13-16

Week 5 (28 March – 1 April): Chapters 17-21

Week 6 (4 – 8 April): Chapters 22-26


If you are keen to participate in #NZreadaloud4CC please complete the Google Form below and I will be in touch with you all. Depending on the numbers, we will connect our classes via Edmodo groups.

Deadlines to register your class is Friday the 5th of February (Week 1, Term 1) and we will start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.


Welcome all to the Yr 5 & 6 page for #NZreadaloud 2016!

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My name is Jemma Thorogood and I am a Year 7 teacher at Tamatea Intermediate School in Napier.

I have been fortunate enough to be part of the #NZreadaloud which has previously only been offered to Year 7-8 students. Co teaching a Yr 7 class with Kerri Thompson introduced me to a new way of looking at a literacy reading programme and I have never looked back!

#NZreadaloud uses the online platform of ‘Edmodo’ which is very user friendly and has a great supportive team of teachers behind it. Edmodo encourages students to collaborate and connect with each other while on their literacy journey.

I am looking range of book suggestions written by our amazing Kiwi authors with an interesting story line that appeals to both boys and girls and would provide opportunities for other learning areas. I will be going through your suggestions and selecting a book by the 11th of January 2016 – this will give us plenty of time for teachers to source the book, arrange our Edmodo group(s) and set up ready for our classes, ask any questions, and have our reading schedule sorted.

Deadlines to register your class is the 12th of February (Week 2, Term 1) and we are aiming to start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

I look forward to collaborating with you and your classes in the first #NZreadaloud for Year 5-6 students.

Please suggest a book!