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PALS: A Reading Strategy for Grades K-1

Visit the IRIS Learning Center ( Familiarize yourself with the IRIS website by clicking the "Navigating an IRIS Module" located on the right side of the webpage. Next, complete each section of the learning module titled, "PALS: A Reading Strategy for Grades K-1." Submit a two- to three-page paper (not including title and reference pages) that includes the following information:

- Explain five benefits of PALS for the students and the teachers.
- Compare and contrast the specific reading skills addressed by K-PALS and first-grade PALS and the differences in the recommended method of grouping for K-PALS versus the recommended grouping method for first grader PALS.
- Imagine that you are a kindergarten teacher implementing PALS. In your class of 20 students, one is absent, leaving one student without a partner. How would you ensure that each student could participate in your regularly scheduled K-PALS session?
- Imagine you are a first-grade teacher, and you are planning to implement PALS for the first time. What two steps might you take to promote a healthy team environment? At a minimum, use one external source, in addition to the course text.
Remember to cite all references using APA style.

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Peer Addressed Learning System (PALS) has a variety of benefits such as: cost effectiveness, easy implementation, adapts to the individual learning needs of all students, focuses on standards of reading for kindergarten and first grade students, and it actively engages students (1).

The reading skills that PALS address for kindergarten students are phonemic ...

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Peer Addressed Learning Systems (PALS) are easy to implement, and actively engages students. Pairing the students based on performance is helpful in implementing this type of system and can assist those student struggling to perform better. The solution Explain five benefits of PALS for the students and the teachers