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Martha Speaks Reading Buddies

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In this 10-week program, first grade students are paired with older students to learn new vocabulary.

The Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program is a ten-week long program that pairs kindergarten or 1st grade students (Little Buddies) with older students, usually 4th or 5th graders (Big Buddies). Buddies visit with each other once a week to learn special new vocabulary words, utilizing a variety of activities: watch a clip of Martha Speaks, play word games, and read a book together. The buddies culminate their meeting by completing a journal entry using their new vocabulary words.

Research indicates that when children “buddy” up for learning wonderful things take place for both older and younger students!

Reading Buddies is part of the PBS Kids & WFSU Raising Readers project and has been made possible by generous funding through a grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation (2009) and the State of Florida (2011). If you are interested in supporting this wonderful project please contact WFSU Education.

Meeting Common Core Standards
The Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  These Standards provide a consistent, clear focus of what students are expected to learn at each grade level. A central goal of the English Language Arts Standards is for students to gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. The Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program provides an ideal platform for students to work toward this goal. The following Standards are addressed throughout the ten-week Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program.

Download Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program Common Core State Standards Alignment for Kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 5th Grades: Martha-Speaks-Reading-Buddies-Standards-Relationship.pdf  (PDF)

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Assessment Forms
Educators may use these forms to assess the effectiveness of Reading Buddy acitivities. They may be used both pre and post activity to gather information about learning achievements.

  • Please contact us if you are interested in these forms!

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Teacher Materials


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