Martha's True Stories Buddies Program
The Martha's True Stories Buddies Program pairs younger and older elementary school students. As they read, watch and discuss interactive STEM-based stories and videos, students broaden their academic vocabulary, increase their understanding of informational and narrative text, and improve their communication skills. The program was developed for classrooms with diverse learners and includes support for English learners in particular. Find everything you need to create this cross-age learning program, including texts, videos, lesson plans, and student materials.
The Martha’s True Stories Buddy Program uses the appeal of the popular PBS show Martha Speaks, plus STEM-based interactive texts and videos to help younger and older students learn new vocabulary and improve comprehension. The program was developed for classsrooms with diverse learners and includes supports for English learners (ELs). In a recent study, students in the program outperformed their peers who were not in the program in vocabulary and comprehension. ELs in the program gained as much in vocabulary and comprehension as non-El peers. Find everything you need to conduct the program, including guides, charts, and detailed lessons.