Visit the IRIS Learning Center (http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/palsk1/chalcycle.htm). 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.
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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 awareness, phonics and word study, vocabulary, and reading comprehension (1). The reading skills that PALS addresses for first graders are the same as the kindergarten group; however, fluency is added for this grade level (1).
The teacher would pair the student that performs the highest with the student that performs the lowest. Next the student that performs the next highest with the student that performs with the next lowest, and these would continue on until all the students have been paired (1). If one student is absent, the student without a partner could join another group based on the student's academic needs. If there are two students that are absent, the two without a partner could be paired together if the pairing is appropriate (1).
If you are a new teacher and you would like to promote PALS and teach the students to work in a healthy team environment, you could start by having group activities, or team games, to teach the children the importance of working together as well as the benefits of working together as a team.
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