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Developing Talkers and Hablemos Juntos

Through Texas School Ready, teachers receive the Developing Talkers curriculum supplements to implement in their classrooms.  Hablemos Juntos is the Spanish language version of Developing Talkers.  These curriculum supplements promote oral language skills in your children and follow a Pre-Kindergarten Response to Intervention (P-RTI). The parallel English and Spanish versions are designed to meet the needs of many aspects of Tier 1 and Tier 2 pre-k oral language instruction. Specifically, listening comprehension and vocabulary skills are targeted in the book reading context by providing lessons, materials, and an instructional template to develop and strengthen children's oral language skills.

 

Developing TalkersDeveloping Talkers: Pre-K is a curriculum supplement that consists of daily Tier 1 whole group lessons and daily Tier 2 small group lessons, each approximately 10-15 minutes in duration.  The lessons can be conducted at any time of day, but the daily Tier 1 whole group lesson must occur before the daily Tier 2 small group lesson. Each unit is to be implemented over approximately 4 weeks of daily instruction; however, this schedule can be modified to extend to 6-8 weeks of instruction if instruction can only occur 2-3 times per week. All lessons can be differentiated to meet the needs of each child including struggling and advanced learners. Developing Talkers: Pre-K lessons feature topics related to some important pre-k science concepts because many teachers report that there is limited time to adequately teach science objectives. These design features make the Developing Talkers: Pre-k supplemental resource suitable for use with a variety of core curricula and teaching approaches.

 

Periodically, the Children's Learning Institute offers Developing Talkers and Hablemos Juntos kits for sale through the UTHealth Print Shop. If you would like to order a Developing Talkers kit, please Contact Us. We will add you to a list to be informed when the kits are for sale.

 

 

Interested in Training on Developing Talkers?

 

The Children's Learning Institute offers fee-based, customized training for educators on the Developing Talkers curriculum. This training is customizable for one or two day workshops, according to your needs. Follow-up training workshops are available as well. These trainings can be customized for literacy leaders, coaches and classroom teachers. For more information, email developingtalkers@uth.tmc.edu

 

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming release of version 2.0 of the Developing Talkers curriculum in the Fall of 2015! This will include an online course that explains how to use the curriculum and includes a video library of teachers using curriculum materials. 

 

 

Make Your Own Developing Talkers and Hablemos Juntos Kits!

 

The Developing Talkers and Hablemos Juntos professional development, lessons, and materials are available for download at no cost.  To complete the kits, teachers or schools only need to purchase commercially-available trade books that accompany the lessons.  The first step is to complete the free, online, self-paced "Introduction to Developing Talkers" course through Teachscape.

 

Introduction to Developing Talkers Online Course

It is strongly recommended that users of Developing Talkers: Pre-K complete the associated online professional development course. The online course is available through Teachscape and is called Pre-Kindergarten Response to Intervention (P-RTI). This course further details the P-RTI framework that Developing Talkers: Pre-K was designed around, including information on how P-RTI can be implemented in a variety of school and childcare settings. The P-RTI course also features extensive video footage and reflection prompts for educators interested in bringing a P-RTI framework to their classroom and school.

 

Introductory Unit Instructions:

  1. You will need to download and read the Teacher manual for the overview of the Introductory Unit and to access the Monthly Curriculum Based Measure.
  2. Download the Scope and Sequence for this unit to understand the order to implement lessons.
  3. Click on the "materials" link next to each book title to download a folder with the Lesson Plan that includes the two books used that week and all associated materials including:
    1. Week 1 - Front/Back Stickers to place in the cover of the text for easy reference before and after reading.
    2. Week 2 - In-text Comprehension Question Stickers to place on the appropriate pages of the text for quick reference of comprehension questions during reading.
    3. Week 3 - In-text Comprehension Question Stickers to place on the appropriate pages of the text for quick reference of vocabulary words and comprehension questions during reading.
    4. Week 4 – Vocabulary Cards to teach children the meaning of target vocabulary words in a new context.

 

Units 1-3 Instructions:

  1. You will need to download and read the Teacher Manual to understand the terms used in lesson plans and materials.
  2. Download the Scope and Sequence for each unit to understand the order to implement lessons so that easier lessons are conducted before more difficult lessons.
  3. Click on the "materials" link next to each book title to download a folder with the Lesson Plan that includes the two books used that week and all associated materials including:
    • Tier 1 – Topic of the Week Photo cards  to introduce children to the topic of the books to be read that week.
    • Tier 1 - Front/Back Stickers to place in the cover of the text for easy reference before and after reading.
    • Tier 1 - In-text Stickers to place on the appropriate pages of the text for quick reference of vocabulary words and comprehension questions during reading.
    • Tier 2 – Vocabulary Cards to teach children the meaning of target vocabulary words in a new context.
    • Tier 2 – Explicit Activity Cards to teach children comprehension or vocabulary skills.

Introductory Unit (Weeks 1-4)

Teacher's Manual

Scope and Sequence

 

Booklist

Week 1:

"Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn  |  Materials

"Feelings" by Sarah Medina  |  Materials

 

Week 2:

"If You Take a Mouse to School" by Laura Numeroff  |  Materials

"Manners at School" by Carrie Finn  |  Materials

 

Week 3:

"This Is the Way We Go to School" by Edith Baer  |  Materials

"Manners on the School Bus" by Amanda Tourville  |  Materials

 

Week 4:

"Owen" by Kevin Henkes  |  Materials

"Caring" by Sarah Medina  |  Materials

 

Developing Talkers Unit 1 (Weeks 1-4)

Teacher's Manual
Scope and Sequence

 

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 1:

"My Five Senses" by Aliki  |  Materials

"Grow Flower Grow" by Lisa Bruce  |  Materials

 

Week 2:

"Daddy Calls Me Man" by Angela Johnson  |  Materials

"How Kids Grow" by Jean Marzollo  |  Materials

 

Week 3:

"Being Active" by Marci C. Schuh  |  Materials

"Clap Your Hands" by Lorinda Bryan Cauley  |  Materials

 

Week 4:

"The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" by Don and Audrey Wood  |  Materials

"Good Enough to Eat" by Lizzy Rockwell  |  Materials

 

Developing Talkers Unit 2 (Weeks 5-8)

Teacher's Manual

Lesson Plan Materials and Scope and Sequence

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 5:

"Curious George Plants a Tree" by Monica Perez  |  Materials

"Our Earth Helping Out" by Peggy Hock  |  Materials

 

Week 6:

"The Carrot Seed" by Ruth Krauss  |  Materials

"From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons  |  Materials

 

Week 7:

"The Rain Came Down" by David Shannon  |  Materials

"Weather Words" by Gail Gibbons  |  Materials

 

Week 8"

"Clumsy Crab" by Ruth Galloway  |  Materials

"Sand" by Ellen Prager  |  Materials

 

Developing Talkers Unit 3 (Weeks 9-12)

Teacher's Manual

Lesson Plan Materials and Scope and Sequence

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 9:

"Bear Shadow" by Frank Asch  |  Materials

"Animal Tracks" by Arthur Dorros  |  Materials

 

Week 10:

"The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Sharkey" by Ken Geist  |  Materials

"Sharks" by Gail Gibbons  |  Materials

 

Week 11:

"Birds and Their Nests" by Linda Tagliaferro  |  Materials

"Rabbits and Their Burrows" by Linda Tagliaferro  |  Materials

 

Week 12:

"Look Alike-Animals" by Robin Bernard  |  Materials

"Life in a Pond" by Allan Fowler  |  Materials

 

Hablemos Juntos Unit 1 (Weeks 1-4)

Teacher's Manual

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 1:

Nuestros cinco sentidos, escrito por Ellen Catala  |  Materials

El día de Ricardo, escrito por George Ancona  |  Materials

 

 

Week 2:

¿Cómo he crecido?, escrito por Mary Reid  |  Materials

Todos somos iguales… todos somos diferentes, escrito por Los niños de kindergarten de la Cheltenham Elementary School  |  Materials

 

Week 3:

Cómete las verduras, escrito por Susan Ring  |  Materials

¿Cuál es mejor?, escrito por Susan Ring  |  Materials

 

Week 4:

Cazaremos un león, escrito por David Axtell  |  Materials

Mantenerse Activo, escrito por Mari C. Schuh  |  Materials

Hablemos Juntos Unit 2 (Weeks 5-8)

Teacher's Manual

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 5:

¡Salvemos el pantano! escrito por Lisa Trumbauer  |  Materials

¡Protejamos la Tierra! escrito por Lisa Trumbauer  |  Materials

 

Week 6: 

La Semilla de zanahoria escrito por Ruth Krauss  |  Materials

Vamos a recoger manzanas y calabazas escrito por Amy Richard Hutchings  |  Materials

 

Week 7:

Un día de nieve escrito por Ezra Jack Keats  |  Materials

Soy el agua escrito por Jean Marzollo  |  Materials

 

Week 8:

¿Es oscura? ¿Es clara? escrito por Mary D. Lankford  |  Materials

El sistema solar escrito por Carmen Bredeson  |  Materials

Hablemos Juntos Unit 3 (Weeks 9-12)

Teacher's Manual

 

Booklist and Materials

Week 9:

Tu Mama Es Una Llama escrito por Deborah Guarino  |  Materials

Animales que se parecen escrito por Robin Bernard  |  Materials

 

Week 10:

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta escrito por Eric Carle  |  Materials

Soy Una Oruga escrito por Jean Marzollo  |  Materials

 

 

Week 11: 

El Lugar Perfecto escrito por Lisa Trumbauer  |  Materials

Viven En El Desierto escrito por Lisa Trumbauer  |  Materials

 

Week 12:

La Gallinita Roja escrito por Lucinda McQueen  |  Materials
or
Los Tres Pececitos y El Tiburón Feroz escrito por Ken Geist  |  Materials

 

Como Crece Un Pollito escrito por Pam Zollman  |  Materials
or
Como Crece Un Manatí escrito por Katie Marsico  |  Materials

Acknowledgments

Development and pilot testing of Developing Talkers: Pre-K was supported by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Children's Learning Institute, the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development (SCECD). The content of these materials do not necessarily reflect the views of TEA or SCECD. The English curriculum supplement, Developing Talkers: Pre-K, was developed by a team led by Dr. Tricia Zucker at the Children’s Learning Institute. We are grateful to Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. for her work in developing lessons, and the work of many others in reviewing and editing the English lessons including Dr. Susan Landry, Sonya Coffey, Layne Waxley, Pauline Monsegue-Bailey, Linda Aston, and Barb Tuynman. Our graphic design team deserves special thanks, particularly Meredith Olsen, Bang Pham, and Matt Skeleton.

 

The Spanish curriculum supplement, Hablemos Juntos: Pre-K, was developed by a team led by Dr. Emily Solari at the Children’s Learning Institute. We are grateful to Ana Quiros Cruz, Ph.D. for her work in developing lessons, and the work of many others in reviewing and editing the Spanish lessons including Miguel Gallegos, Mary White, Eduardo Correa, Lupe Rocha, Larrisa Rodriguez, and Barbara Weyland. Our graphic design team deserves special thanks, particularly Meredith Olsen, Bang Pham, and Matt Skeleton. 

 

Copyright Notice © 2010 

This manual, lessons, and all associated Developing Talkers: Pre-K and Hablemos Juntos: Pre-K© materials are copyrighted and are property of the Children’s Learning Institute and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. All rights reserved. No modifications, transmission, republication, commercial, or noncommercial distribution of these materials are permitted without written permission from the Children’s Learning Institute.