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Feeling Ejected - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab

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This Martha Speaks video will help children build vocabulary! T.D. is confused about the meaning of the word "dejected."

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños a aprender vocabulario. T.D. esta confundido sobre el significado de la palabra "abatido."

Reflexive Pronouns and Subjects | No Nonsense Grammar

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Reflexive pronouns reflect the subject of the sentence. A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that is preceded or followed by the noun, adjective, adverb, or pronoun to which it refers within the same clause.

Ordering Adjectives From General to Specific | No Nonsense Grammar

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Adjectives modify nouns. In using more than one adjective to describe a noun, we need to make sure they are in the correct order—from general to specific.

Poet Cynthia Zarin Reads from Her Work

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Poet Cynthia Zarin reads "Song," "Harriet" and "Spode Plate."

Indicating Letters with an Eye Gaze System | English Language Arts Strategies for Students with Cognitive Disabilities

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In this self-contained high school classroom, a teacher asks a student to identify an initial letter in a word. The student uses his color coded alphabet and eye gaze system to choose a letter. When the student chooses the final letter of the word instead of the initial letter, the teacher tells him the name of the letter he chose and the name of the initial letter. She then shows him where he should have looked to indicate the initial letter. The teacher supports the student throughout his thinking process and allows him plenty of wait time. The video demonstrates effective strategies for engaging students with significant cognitive disabilities in literacy instruction.

The Tailenders

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Global Recordings Network (GRN), founded in Los Angeles in 1939, has produced audio versions of Bible stories in over 5,500 languages, and aims to record in every language on earth. They distribute the recordings, along with ultra-low-tech hand-wind players, in isolated regions and among displaced migrant workers. The Bible stories played by the missionaries are sometimes the first encounter community members have had with recorded sound, and, even more frequently, the first time they have heard their own language recorded. GRN calls their target audience "the tailenders" because they are the last to be reached by worldwide evangelism. Filmed in the Solomon Islands, Mexico, India and the United States, The Tailenders focuses on the intersection of missionary activity and global capitalism and raises questions about how meaning, carried by the simple sound of a human voice, changes as it crosses language and culture.

Marie's Dictionary | Global Oneness Project

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At a rapid rate, indigenous languages around the world are becoming endangered. Individuals, linguists, and organizations are developing ways to preserve and rehabilitate native languages and cultures.

Students watch a 9-minute film, Marie's Dictionary by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a Native American woman who is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created to keep her language alive. 

In this lesson, students participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of identity, preservation of a culture, and endangered languages. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

What Are Collective Nouns | No Nonsense Grammar

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A collective noun is a word that refers to a group, such as a collection, a herd, a team!

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

Mighty Bright Knight | The Electric Company

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Learn about the vocabulary words individual, opponent, merit, fortunately, and unfortunately with The Electric Company when a competition almost goes too far. Jessica and Manny compete to win the last copy of their favorite comic book, Mighty Bright Knight. But when it looks like Manny will win by cheating, will Jessica be tempted to cheat too?

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