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Martha Speaks
Reading Buddies Program

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These materials will introduce you to the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program and provide step-by-step guidance on every aspect of the program. You may want to print out one copy of each document to read and refer to. Create a handy notebook or folder to keep all of these documents in one place.

Background (pdf, 1MB)

Find out about the importance of teaching vocabulary and the benefits of cross-age reading programs. Learn about the Martha Speaks television series and the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program.
(For Big Buddy and Little Buddy teachers)

How-To (pdf, 568KB)

Discover the components of the program, the five steps of each session, how to work with your teacher partner, plan your sessions, obtain materials, choose read-aloud books, and celebrate success.
(For Big Buddy and Little Buddy teachers)

Teacher Checklist (pdf, 196KB)

Use this checklist as a quick summary of what you need to get started and get organized.
(For Big Buddy and Little Buddy teachers)

Instructions for Little Buddy Teachers (pdf, 760KB)

Help your students understand the Reading Buddies routines, introduce and teach new vocabulary words, and plan wrap-up activities.
(For Little Buddy teachers)

Instructions for Big Buddy Teachers (pdf, 408KB)

Prepare your students with a special Big Buddy “training” session, organize their practice sessions, and provide guidance and encouragement as they learn to be Big Buddies.
(For Big Buddy teachers)

Tips for English Language Learners (pdf, 1.1MB)

If you have English language learners in your classroom, you can adapt the Reading Buddies program to help you support your ELL students, whether they are Little Buddies or Big Buddies.
(For Big Buddy and Little Buddy teachers)

Classroom Poster (pdf, 352KB)

Designate your classroom as a participant in the Reading Buddies Program with this colorful poster. For best results, print it out at a local print shop on 17” x 22” size paper.
(For Big Buddy and Little Buddy teachers)

Questions about the Reading Buddies Program? We’d love to help and hear your feedback. Send us an email at Reading_Buddies@wgbh.org.

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