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Pressure—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
Help children build vocabulary using this Martha Speaks video! Martha explains the meaning of the word "pressure."
Silly Sentences—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
This activity will help children build vocabulary, develop story sequencing skills, and improve writing. They will build vocabulary and writing skills by collecting “word bones” from a newspaper.
Firedog Freddie—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
This video will help children understand the parts of a story. Helen reads her favorite childhood story to Jake and Martha.
T.D. Tells a Story—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
This Martha Speaks video will help children identify the key elements of a story and build vocabulary. T.D. tells Jakey a story he wrote about Martha.
Martha's Perspective—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
Help children build vocabulary using this Martha Speaks video! Martha defines the word perspective.
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Silly Story Builder—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
This activity will help children build vocabulary, become familiar with essential parts of a story, and develop story sequencing skills. They can create silly stories by drawing story parts out of a bag.
Activity: Awesome Alliteration | WordGirl
This WordGirl lesson focuses on alliteration. Students will generate a list of alliterative words, then write an original poem using those words
Professor Monkey Follows the Directions—Martha Speaks
Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts with this Martha Speaks video! Professor Monkey follows instructions to make a paper airplane but accidentally uses paper that has the directions for where he needs to be!
Education | Reading Rockets: Topics A to Z
Teaching reading is a complex process that draws upon an extensive knowledge base and repertoire of strategies. Find out more about best practices in reading instruction and why so many are concerned that our teachers aren't prepared to teach in today's classrooms.
T.D.'s Report on Inventor Tom Adams—Martha Speaks
Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts with this Martha Speaks video! T.D. gives a report in class about the inventor of chewing gum, Tom Adams.
Getting to the Game (PDF) | Martha Speaks
The PDF of the interactive, informational story "Getting to the Game" designed for in-classroom use.
Using the Present Progressive Tense | No Nonsense Grammar
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.
Simple and Compound Sentences | No Nonsense Grammar
A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. A simple sentence contains a subject and a verb and by itself contains a complete thought. A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
How to Use Commas with Conjunctions | No Nonsense Grammar
Conjunctions can join two separate clauses, but sometimes they need commas. Learn how to do so correctly.
Using Proper Punctuation for Titles | No Nonsense Grammar
Small works (short stories, essays, magazine and newspaper articles, etc.) are indicated with the use of quotation marks. Larger works, such as books or movies, are indicated either through italics (in typing) or underlining (handwriting).
Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: OE
Shock and his friend rap and beatbox using words that contain the "oe" vowel combination. This resource teaches reading, pronunciation, and decoding.
Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: AI
Shock and Lisa rap using words that contain the "ai" vowel combination. This resource teaches reading, sight-reading, decoding, and pronunciation.
Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: UE
Shock and James play "True or Not True" using words that contain the letters "ue" to demonstrate the sound made by that letter combination. The goal of this resource is reading, sight-reading, spelling, and decoding.
Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: L Blends
Shock and James sing a song using "L blends," specifically the "sl" combination. The goal of this resource is decoding and sight-reading.
Instruction | Reading Rockets: Topics A to Z
Curricular materials tell us what to teach, and instruction informs us of the best way to teach. This section includes information about both the "what" and "how" of evidence-based teaching.