Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Martha Speaks, Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Subject Area:
    Language Arts/Communication

Martha Speaks is an animated series on PBS KIDS. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, Martha's educational goal is to teach kids new words. The series stars Martha, a beloved family dog. She is accidentally fed alphabet soup — this gives her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone that will listen.

The Martha Speaks Series

This is a series of ICN sessions for K-2 based on the Reading Buddies Program for Martha Speaks. If you have a buddies system in your school we invite you to bring them to the session together. The content will be aimed for children in grades K-2.
Each week we will watch a 13 minute episode of Martha Speaks, play a game, read a story, and write a short journal entry; all based on chosen vocabulary words.

In this session:

Special Words of the week are:

  • Hero
  • Rescue
  • Brave
  • Courageous

Featured story:

  • Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

Materials needed for this week:

  • Pencil and paper for journal entry.
  • Paper lunch bag
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Colored paper
  • Tape or Glue Stick

Following this session confirmed registrants will receive the book Pet Heros.

Registrants are encouraged to sign up for all the Martha sessions:

Suggested Prerequisites:

Session Related Web sites:

  • Reading Buddies - The entire Reading Buddies Program for Martha Speaks is available online. Check it out!
  • Martha Speaks ( - Locate and print additional educational materials relating to Martha Speaks in the classroom including all of the season 1 vocabulary words, activities to do with students relating to the episodes and more.
  • PBS KIDS Island ( - Learn more about the Raising Readers initiative, find educational materials for parents, careproviders, and educators and register your child to play interactive games which support early literacy.
Related Lesson Plans and Units:

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Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa.

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Contact Person:
Abby Brown

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
February 03, 2014
 Monday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades K-4
Register here!
Saturday, September 23, 3437
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