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Curious George; Guest Monkey; Charkie Goes to School


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Curious George
Guest Monkey; Charkie Goes to School
Program Number

405; 405B; 404B

Series Description

Premieres September 4, 2006 CURIOUS GEORGE is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey and airs daily on PBS Kids. Aimed at pre-school viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world's most curious monkey?

While remaining true to the look and feel of the beloved books, the daily series expands George's world to include a host of colorful new characters and locales. Each episode features two animated stories followed by short live-action segments in which real kids investigate the ideas that George introduces in the stories. The series is narrated by Emmy award-winning actor William H. Macy.

CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston and Universal Studios Family Productions. Series release date: 9/4/2006

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Guest Monkey

George is almost as excited as Allie on her first day of school, but is ecstatic when she invites him to school the next day as a special guest monkey! He soon learns, though, that kindergarten has a lot of special rules that he's not used to — like not climbing on the furniture or standing in the sand table. Will George get extra credit for trying to follow the rules, or will his effort create one big mess?

Educational Objective (Social Science): To understand that different settings have unique expectations for individual and group behavior. To be introduced to the idea that individuals in groups have rights and responsibilities to the group that must be agreed upon, recognized, and integrated in order for the group to function. To understand that individuality and creative self-expression are valued.

Live Action Segment A preschooler name Keira visits a kindergarten classroom for the first time to see what big kid school is all about. During her tour, Keira learns all about the differences between preschool and kindergarten. She explores the writing center, math center, and art table, and advises other preschoolers not to worry about going to kindergarten because it's fun. Charkie Goes to School

Charkie's building has a new rule — all dogs must have a good-behavior diploma from obedience school. After seeing Charkie struggle with the obstacle course, George recruits the academy's top alumni, Hundley, to help prepare Charkie for the final exam. Can George and Hundley figure out a way to get Charkie to cross the finish line amid all the distractions?

Educational Objective (Math): To draw basic shapes like a circle, square, triangle and rectangle. To identify the attributes of shapes (for example, a triangle has 3 straight sides). To use a drawing containing symbols to represent and remember the shapes of the objects. To build 3-dimensional objects representing different shapes.

Live Action Segment A teacher wants to rearrange her classroom, and asks her students for help developing a plan. Using a grid to represent the available space in the room, the kids cut out shapes to represent the pieces of movable furniture in the room. Once the class votes on their favorite arrangement, they will use the winning plan as a guide to execute the room rearrangement.

Related Activity: What's That Shape



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Greenwald, Carol (Series Producer)
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