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Revision is in the Details
Students receive the same pre-generated sentence and discuss with a partner how to revise that sentence, adding details either by writing or drawing.
Retelling with Confidence
Students learn how to use the pictures in their books to retell a story in sequence. The teacher models how to use the pictures to retell the story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. The students and teacher complete a graphic organizer using picture representations from the book. The graphic organizer is a frame for all the elements of a strong retell and requires students to include new vocabulary; the characters and setting; and the beginning, middle, and end of the book, Stellaluna. Students will apply the picture retell strategy by completing a graphic organizer for their own book and retelling the story to peers and their teacher.
It’s More Than Just Sounding It Out
Students will be able to understand vowel digraphs (ai/ay pattern).
Adventures in Inferring
Students will infer the message the author is trying to convey using schema and evidence from the text. Readers use this strategy, known as making inferences, to think about what they are reading.
Students progress from a surface-level understanding of text to a deeper understanding by processing and expressing details and examples to support their understanding of observations through background knowledge and textual evidence.
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Understanding Text Features
This lesson guides students to use sentence stems to clarify their thinking as they identify and locate text features in isolation while using an interactive text features wall. Students will then transition to gaining information from text features as they search for text features in their books and share the information gained with their partners.
Students will use mystery bags and graphic organizers to identify clues and use their schema to make an inference. Students conclude this lesson by connecting text as evidence and playing a context clue game with cucumber sentences.
One Thing Leads to Another
Students apply their understanding of the text in order to retell the plot sequence.
The "Moon" Idea
Students will observe the teacher sorting details that she read from a book about a dog. The teacher is making groups with the details and models her thinking. Students to help determine a title for each group. The students replicate that work in collaborative small groups using details they provided to the teacher after reading a book about the moon the previous day.
Explore Revising and Editing with some Classroom Adventure
While “scooting” from one example to another, students will explore sentences in order to determine what end punctuation is necessary and why. Students will also collaborate to explore sentences in order to identify what edits are necessary and why.
Tips from the Playground: ER/EST
Reggie explains the uses and abilities of the suffixes "er" and "est." This resource verbally and visually demonstrates to students how these two suffixes function.
Prefixes & Suffixes
This resource group teaches students about some of the most common prefixes and suffixes and about the effects they have on the tenses and meanings of verbs.
Skits and Martha Bake a Cake—Martha Speaks
Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts. Skits and Martha bake a cake for Helen.
Engagement | Reading Rockets: Topics A to Z
Families play an important role in how well students do in school. Find information about the importance of teachers and parents working together on behalf of kids, as well as examples of programs that specifically make the link between home and school.
Read a Good Book: Communicating by Drawing | IPTV KIDS Clubhouse
IPTV KIDS Clubhouse kids read and discover more about communication! In this segment, kids go to the library and try to get their friends to guess their favorite book titles without using any words, only drawings and actions.
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
Pressure—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
Help children build vocabulary using this Martha Speaks video! Martha explains the meaning of the word "pressure."
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.