Marko the Pencil helps students learn to read for meaning and prepare for tests. His super-effective tips and outrageous antics keep students on task. With Marko's guidance, students ace a practice test by learning how to read passages, find key words, and determine the best answers. This animated pencil may be a No. 2, but he will help make any student
A team of teachers—who consistently get superior performance from their students on standardized tests—helped us create this DVD. We carefully examined reading tests in several states to identify winning strategies for boosting scores and reducing anxiety.
Let’s face it: preparing for state-mandated tests is not a favorite activity of teachers and students. But there’s no reason it can’t be fun when you have an entertaining character—one who knows exactly how to connect with kids. That’s why we’re so pleased to have Vic Mignogna playing the voice of Marko the Pencil. Vic is well known for his award-winning acting in anime cartoons and video games. Vic won Best Actor, 2007 American Anime Awards.
As a special reward at the end of Reading Comprehension, Marko makes an appearance at the Golden Stylus Comedy room to show just how sharp he can be! His kid-friendly jokes will have everyone laughing. Kids love telling jokes to others, and Marko has some of the best school-related jokes on the planet.
Included with Reading Comprehension, you get Marko’s cool website where you can download a practice test and answer key, learn more tips for doing well on standardized tests, and check out other helpful tools for scoring high on a reading test. Until Rock 'N Learn Test-Taking Strategies, there has not been a highly entertaining DVD program that helps students overcome frustration and get totally prepared for a standardized reading test.
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Reading Comprehension includes:
Identifying the Main Idea
Using Context Clues
Recalling Details and Sequencing
Mastering Standardized Tests
Bonus: Marko’s Jokes at the Golden Stylus Comedy Room
Want an exciting way to learn important facts and get ready for an earth science test? Marko the Pencil and his friend Terra take learners on a fascinating journey to Marko’s Super Science Station where it’s easy and fun to understand science concepts and boost test scores. This science DVD covers the Solar System, weather and the water cycle, types of rocks, properties of minerals, volcanoes and plate tectonics, weathering, and alternative energy. Meets the National Science Education Standards.
Grades 5 & up
Total running time: Approx. 61 minutes
Marko the Pencil helps students boost math skills and score high on tests. Students learn how to read problems carefully, identify relevant information, use pictures and diagrams, and look for patterns. Clear explanations and outrageous humor make this DVD fun and effective. Correlated to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards.
Grade 3 (Also useful for 4th grade review)
Approx. 58 minutes
Here’s the perfect way to learn important facts and get ready for a physical science test. Marko the Pencil takes learners on a journey to his Super Science Station where it’s easy to grasp science concepts. Includes lab safety, scientific method, molecules, electricity, motion, energy, and much more. Meets the National Science Education Standards.
This gets quite deep into physics. You would probably want to do it in sections as you studied each unit. We found it full of information and has great visuals to increase understanding of the potentially difficult concepts.
Grades 5 & up
Total running time: Approx. 55 minutes
Captivate readers, ace writing tests, and express yourself clearly—Marko the Pencil will show you how. His Writer’s Toolbox, packed with easy-to-implement strategies, will take your writing from mediocre to magnificent. Stories, essays, term papers, or standardized tests—whatever you write, Marko gives you proven strategies for getting remarkable results. This is the fun way to sharpen your writing skills.
Grades 4 & up.
Total running time: Approx. 70 minutes