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Martha Speaks; Paws and Effect; Trouble with Teddy, The

Martha Speaks MSPE 208 (dub) PBS

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Martha Speaks
Paws and Effect; Trouble with Teddy, The
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Series Description

Premiered September 1, 2008

"Martha Speaks" is an animated series that is designed to enrich the vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds. The series is based on the classic books by Susan Meddaugh that have charmed and captivated millions of children. Each episode uses Martha's unique linguistic abilities and the hilarious consequences to engage kids and help build their vocabulary skills.

In each Martha Speaks episode, the characters use special words throughout the show. Explicit words, marked with (E), are defined by one of the characters on the show. Implicit words, marked with (I), are used on the show but not defined.

Produced with Studio B Productions, Inc. Series release date: 9/1/2008

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Paws and Effect

When Martha gets a piece of glass in her paw, everyone realizes that littering hurts more than the environment. But what can they do about it? As Alice, Helen, and T.D. know, protecting the environment (and paws) is important, but it is easier said than done. Vocabulary

(E) discard, litter, thoughtless, debris, recycle

(I) careless, trash, important, broke, injured

The Trouble with Teddy

Teddy, a neighborhood dog, is sick, and the vet doesn't know why. When Martha is called in to consult, even she can't diagnose the patient. Enlisting the help of the dog pack, they scour the yard for hazardous materials — when the cause of the problem could be right under their noses. Vocabulary

(E) hazardous, ingest, environment, poisonous, pesticide

(I) rotten, spoil, safe, dangerous, gross



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Barss, Karen (Series Producer)
Sullivan, Brigid (Series Producer)
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