Martha Speaks: Farm Dog Martha (Martha Speaks Readers)
Martha has lost her collar and ended up at the local animal shelter. It falls to her to organize a pound break for all her new doggy friends but she soon discovers freedom isn't much without a family. When Martha's owner finally comes to take her home, she realizes that she can't leave her shelter friends behind. Martha, Helen, and her friends cook up a spectacular plan--W...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 18th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 2010)
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Along with learning new words, Martha loves to learn new skills so she volunteers to help out with the chores. But who knew that would mean rising before the sun? And how was she supposed to know the sheep weren't allowed in the house anyway? She doesn't think she's cut out to be a farm dog--until she's able to raise the alarm that a coyote is on the loose!
Feb 20, 2011 Auttumn C rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
If down on the farm is your theme of the week, this would be a great book for the students to read! It is an easy read but can also be used as a great read aloud. This book covers the many chores that must be done on the farm! Another much needed lesson that can come from this books is the importance of what farmers do and how they give us the food and vegetables that we eat! You can have the students brainstorm what life would be like without farmers! *Everyone needs to know the importance of t...more
This is a very easy read that we can use as a "hook" for a lesson. Some examples of lessons I would use this book for is when students are learning sequence (we can re-tell the story afterwards in the same order), chores (talking about responsibilities of students and comparing it with the responsibility of the dog in the story), or even when learning about different types of animals. It is a very simple book, and I would use it for students who are in the younger grades, not for 4th~5th grade s...more
Using the dog, Martha is a great way to introduce farm chores. Normally a field-trip to the farm is one of the first field-trips students take in pre-K or kindergarten. I would use this book to introduce a few farm chores and animals to students before going to the farm.
I personally do not like this book because of several reasons. Even though the book is based on a television show, there is no thought process in the book. The pictures are not very descriptive and wording in the book is not something that a student should in their paper.
Oct 27, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Cute book based on the television show Martha Speaks on PBS. The illustrations are fun and colorful and the story is interesting. Although Martha doesn't know much about living on a farm and makes some mistakes, in the end, she saves the day.
"Martha Speaks: Farm Dog Martha" is an easy read that could be used as an introduction to a lesson about farm life or animals in Pre-K or Kindergarten. This book could also be used to talk about jobs and responsibilities in the classroom.
Jan 27, 2011 Alison rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Great book for a pre-K or kindergarten student, allows the students to see differnt letters potrayed in words and individual letters. Strugling readers can relate to this story and it is an important book to have in a classroom library.
This would be a great book for doing an "on the farm" lesson or a lesson about responsibiliy (chores). First grade students will be able to read this easily because it has short sentences and simple dialogue.