Fluency

2nd Grade Explicit Fluency Lesson: Accuracy (Ruth Beals)

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Observe a teacher lead a lesson about reading accurately in her 2nd grade classroom. Emphasis is put on the students trying to sound out words they don't yet know, and improving their ability to recognize words they already do know.

Perfectly Martha

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You can use this video for Session 5 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha is suspicious of the Perfect Pup Institute. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play the game Skits’s Tricks online (if online access is not available, they can skip this step), read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide.

Key vocabulary: obey, disobey, obedient, disobedient

Book Reading and Learning from Context

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Observe how a teacher helps students use context clues to develop meanings for words.

What a Treasure

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The children’s book What A Treasure written by Jane Hillenbrand and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2010 selection. The colorful picture book for children 3 to 6 follows Mole as he digs and digs, discovering treasures for his animal friends and himself in his backyard. In this video Will Hillenbrand models how to read a picture book to preschoolers with great warmth and expression. He talks about the cover and the mystery of the characters on it. Overlaid are close-ups of his illustrations as he reads.

Concept of Definition Chart: After Reading the Book

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Watch how a teacher encourages students to make connections between prior knowledge and new vocabulary.

Dog Fight

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You can use this video for Session 9 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha and Skits can’t find a way to share a toy, and then T.D. and Alice start bickering. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Truce! game, read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide.

Key vocabulary: bicker, negotiate, quarrel, truce

Between the Lions - Got a Good Reason to Read

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Learn the importance of reading, and all the activities you can accomplish with reading, with this song from Between the Lions: "Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash." Two artists explain the dozens of fun and practical reasons to write: shopping lists, sending postcards, remembering phone numbers, and more. The song and accompanying images are reminders of the importance of writing in everyday life.

Firedog Martha

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You can use this video for Session 3 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha’s dream comes true and she gets to ride on a fire truck. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Tic-Tac-Talk game, read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide.

Key vocabulary: fantasy, real, pretend, actually

Using AAC to Communicate About a Book | English Language Arts Strategies for Students with Cognitive Disabilities

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In this self-contained lower elementary classroom, a student uses an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device to communicate with the teacher about a self-selected alphabet book. The teacher and the student work together to navigate through the communication system. The student starts by turning the pages back to a page he wants and the teacher helps support his efforts in getting to the desired page. The teacher notices his finger on a word at the top of the page (this is easy to miss if you are not looking for it) and then together they locate the page that helps him communicate about and explore alphabet letters. The video demonstrates effective strategies for engaging students with significant cognitive disabilities in literacy instruction.

There Goes the Neighborhood

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You can use this video for Session 8 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha is annoyed about what a big fuss everyone is making about a new little kitten, until they become friends. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Choose and Chat game, read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide.

Key vocabulary: buddy, ignore, prejudiced, tolerate

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