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Martha Calling

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You can use this video for Session 7 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha has won a trip to an inn that doesn’t allow pets. 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: allowed, permitted, forbidden, rule

Electric Accompany | The Electric Company

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Learn about the vocabulary words compose, lyrics, accompany, advertise, and harmony with The Electric Company in this hypnotizing, musical adventure. Annie hypnotizes Keith to sing an annoying jingle. The Electric Company needs to cure Keith in time for him to perform the song he wrote for his dad's birthday.

Between the Lions - Blending Bowl: Tea

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Crash the sounds "t" and "ea" together with two football teams to form the word "tea," in this video from Between the Lions: "Terrific."

Between the Lions - If You Can Read: Ug

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Learn vocabulary and the sound "ug" in this animated song from Between the Lions: "Huff and Puff." An animated stick figure sings about different words that can be read "if you can read ug." Featured vocabulary words include bug, rug, chug, lug, hug, snug, dug, mug, jug, tug, glug, plug, and shrug.

Amazing Trampolini Brothers: good

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the circus MC introduces the incredible, daring, and animated Trampolini Brothers performing the Good, Better, Best High-Wire Extravaganzaa. Arturo rides a unicycle across the high wire while he juggles three balls, which is good. Lorenzo rides a unicycle across the high wire while he holds two seals that are tossing a ball between them, which is better than Arturo. Felix rides a unicycle upside down with a clown juggling balls while standing on each of Felix's feet, which is the best of the three acts. The MC then reviews the brothers' moves with the corresponding comparative and superlative adjectives good, better, and best. Then the high wire breaks and the brothers fall on top of the MC. Featured vocabulary include the comparative and superlative adjectives good, better, and best. This video segment provides a resource for Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

How to Introduce Lists and Quotes with Colons | No Nonsense Grammar

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Colons are punctuation marks that can signal a quotation. However, to use colons correctly, whatever comes before the colon must be a complete sentence. Know when and how to use colons!

How to Avoid Dangling Modifiers | No Nonsense Grammar

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Modifiers are phrases, clauses, or even just words that add description. In clear sentences, modifiers are next to target words they are describing. Dangling modifiers are modifiers with no target to describe, which can confuse many readers.

Using the Present Progressive Tense | No Nonsense Grammar

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Present progressives describe an action in progress, or something that started in the past and is still happening. It is formed with the helping "to be" verb in the present tense and the present participle of the verb.

Words Like Freedom | The Civil War Era

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In this video, Dhana Bradley Donaldson and Priscilla Hancock Cooper present a “poetic concert” featuring the words of three African-American writers. They perform “Ain’t I a Woman?” by 19th-century abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth; “Alabama Centennial,” a poem by Naomi Long Madgett; and Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Ego Tripping.”

Literary Elements

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What is a literary element? Find the answer in this video segment that highlights the personal and artistic life of Walt Whitman.

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