More than 30 years ago, an educational television show dared to speak to youth in the voice of their generation. The Electric Company turned on the power of possibility for kids by showing them that learning to read can be fun. In 2009, the power was back with the all-new The Electric Company, produced by Sesame Workshop. With a cool cast of characters, amazing literacy superpowers, side-splitting cartoons, and songs that you can't help dancing along with, this reincarnation of a television classic is sure to make an impact on the newest generation. The Electric Company aims to entertain children between the ages of 6 and 9 while simultaneously teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers:
Like the original series, the new show filters these educational goals through pop culture - music, comedy, technology, and celebrities - to create a playful, hip, multimedia experience. Each new episode of The Electric Company teaches domain-based vocabulary words within a compelling context that children can understand. In addition, each show includes three "curriculum commercial breaks" that convey the curriculum's phonics and connected text, and motivation goals through sketches, animations, and songs.
The Electric Company airs on WQED-TV weekdays at 5:30 p.m.
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Whether you're a parent, teacher or a caregiver, here are some activities that are fun to do at home, in the classroom, or even in the car. Many of these materials include printable PDF sheets. To access these materials, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Electric Company unlocks the power of words. Whether you're a facilitator, after-school care provider, teacher, or group leader, you play an important role in showing kids how exciting language can be and, at the same time, helping them develop literacy skills. Check out these educator guides for activities, printable worksheets, curriculum goals, and details about how these lessons align with national educational standards.