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Martha Speaks
Reading Buddies Program

photos of the experts

Use these materials for more in-depth information about teaching vocabulary, the benefits of cross-age interactions, and the curriculum behind the Martha Speaks series.

The Experts Speak

Watch short videos featuring literacy experts Andrew Biemiller, Linda Kucan, Mariela Páez, and Catherine Snow as they explain how and why to teach vocabulary to young children. In addition, kindergarten teacher Weddy Youn and fourth-grade teacher Joseph Cooke describe their experiences using the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program in their Washington, D.C. school.

"Building Strong Vocabulary" by Rebecca Silverman

In this video, Rebecca Silverman, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and Martha Speaks curriculum advisor, discusses what parents can do to support their children's vocabulary learning on the Reading Rockets Web site.

Martha Speaks Series Curriculum (pdf, 236KB)

This in-depth exploration of the curriculum behind the Martha Speaks television series explains the structure, content, word choices, and concepts that the series teaches.

Further Reading for Teachers (pdf, 204KB)

This list of books, articles, and Web sites will help you explore additional topics in vocabulary instruction.


The archived issues of the Martha Speaks READING BUDDIES E-NEWSLETTER offer practical tips, advice, and "all the news that's fit to bark about"—for educators already using the program and for those who want to "buddy up" and start one in their school.

Books About Dogs

Extend and enhance students' enjoyment of books about dogs with these titles for younger and older readers.

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