Gone Readin' Literacy Collection

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This summer, PBS LearningMedia turns the spotlight on our spectacular collection of resources supporting literacy skills development in grades PreK-12. Explore this NEW collection that features video, lesson plans, and interactive games from programs like MARTHA SPEAKS, Poetry Everywhere, The Electric Company, and Shakespeare Uncovered!

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  • Silent -e-

    This resource group teaches students that a silent "e" at the end of a word changes a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound.

    Grades: K-2
  • Long Vowel Sounds

    This resource group teaches the pronunciation and spellings of long vowel sounds.

    Grades: K-2
  • Shock Turntable Blends: -oke

    Shock raps about words which end in "-oke." This resource teaches students about spelling, common endings, and word families.

    Grades: K-2
  • Silouette Blends: ell, ill, and all

    This resource demonstrates how to spell and pronounce words ending in "-ell," "-ill," and "-all." This segment teaches spelling and pronunciation.

    Grades: K-2
  • Shock Turntable Blends: -ame

    Shock raps about words which end in "-ame." This resource teaches students about spelling, common endings, and word families.

    Grades: K-2
  • Aliens: un

    The two-headed alien argues with itself over whether to zip or unzip its jacket. This resource teaches the function of the prefix "un-."

    Grades: 1-3
  • Word Family -ight-

    This resource group, contaning both games and clips, teaches children how to spell and pronounce words containing "ight." It also teaches students some of the words in the "ight" family.

    Grades: K-2
  • Word Family -ug-

    This resource group teaches students what sound the combination "ug" makes, and how to build words in the "ug" family.

    Grades: K-2
  • Music Man: -th-

    In this clip, Music Man sings about the consonant digraph "th" and the sounds that it makes.

    Grades: K-2
  • Consonant Digraph -sh-

    This resource group teaches students all about the "sh" consonant digraph.

    Grades: K-2
  • Say What? -ch-

    In Say What, Lisa says a word, and the player must identify and select the consonant or consonant blend which goes at the beginning of the word. This round of the game emphasizes the "ch" consonant blend.

    Grades: K-2
  • Consonant Digraphs -ph- & -gh-

    This resource group teaches students all about the sounds made by the "ph" and "gh" consonant digraphs. They will learn that while "ph" makes the "f" sound, "gh" makes the hard "g" sound, the "f" sound, or no sound at all.

    Grades: K-2
  • Consonant Digraph -mb-

    This resource group teaches students all about the "mb" consonant digraph.

    Grades: K-2
  • MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies in Action

    Martha Speaks, a PBS KIDS television series, aims to help children ages 4–7 build their oral vocabulary—an important early literacy skill. In this video, part of the MARTHA SPEAKS mini-tutorial, The Experts Speak, kindergarten teacher Weddy Youn and fourth-grade teacher Joseph Cooke describe their experience using the eight-week cross-age program, MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies. In addition to enhancing students’ enjoyment of reading, they found that the program—which includes reading and talking together, playing games, and writing or drawing—helped younger students learn and use new words, while older students gained fluency, self-confidence, and leadership skills. The video is accompanied by an article written by Youn and Cooke that describes their experience in greater detail. Based on the curriculum behind MARTHA SPEAKS, this innovative initiative builds school community, while improving reading skills.

    Grades: K-1,4-5
  • MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Up Close

    MARTHA SPEAKS, a PBS KIDS television series, aims to help children ages 4–7 build their oral vocabulary—an important early literacy skill. Over 500 students in schools in Leon and Gadsden Counties, Florida, have participated in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program over the past three years. In this video from WFSU, media specialist Sherri Amundson and fourth-grade teachers Brian Lassiter and Polani Kimberl, describe the fun—and learning—that takes place during the program: First-grade and fourth-grade students pair up once a week to watch a MARTHA SPEAKS video, read together, practice vocabulary words, and do activities. The video shows the bond that forms between younger and older students, and demonstrates how the program brings about improvements not only in reading and vocabulary, but in social skills as well.

    Grades: K-1,4-5
  • MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide

    This cross-age reading program, using MARTHA SPEAKS videos, is an innovative way for kindergarten and upper-level elementary students to increase their vocabulary, develop their self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of books and reading.

    Grades: K-1,4-5
  • Great Expectations 1: Setting the Scene

    This video excerpt is the opening scene from the 2012 MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. A man mysteriously emerges from a marsh to ominous music. A young boy, Pip, is shown briefly in a church graveyard, reading the sad gravestone of his parents and five brothers and sisters. Suddenly frightened, Pip runs off, but not to safety. Instead, he goes towards the marsh, right into the path of the hulking escaped convict Abel Magwitch, who is coated with grime and mud. Magwitch grabs Pip. "Scream again," Magwitch says to Pip, "and I’ll cut your throat."

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Great Expectations 3: Happily Ever After?

    This video excerpt is the moving, final scene from the 2012 MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Pip, returned to his humble origins, hears that Estella, now a widow, has retuned to Satis House. As he approaches the ruined house, he sees a face in the upper window, much as he had when he first visited as a boy. He removes his hat, and waits. Inside, Estella descends the staircase and emerges from the door. Pip and Estella take each other’s hands and bow their heads together. No words are spoken as the film ends.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Great Expectations 2: Becoming a Gentleman

    In this video excerpt from the 2012 MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, months have passed since Pip received the news that a mysterious benefactor has provided money for his education as a gentleman. When Joe Gargery—the kindly blacksmith who helped raise Pip—unexpectedly comes for a visit, Pip, embarrassed by Joe's shabby clothes and working-class accent, can hardly look at the man who befriended him and taught him a trade. Joe remarks, "You look different." Pip tries to dismiss the comment. "It’s just a suit," Pip replies. But Joe understands that Pip is not only ashamed of him, but doesn't want to be reminded of his humble beginnings. Pip's unkind treatment of Joe allows the viewer to begin to see how money and a rise in status alone may not create a true gentleman.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Blue Ribbon Readers: The Train Game

    The Train Game is part of WPSU’s Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of seven interactive games designed to help elementary school students gain reading comprehension competences. The Train Game helps students develop synthesis skills by asking them to group words together to form sentences.

    Grades: K-5

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