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The Electric Company

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:

  • Decoding: Children will increase their ability to manipulate sounds in spoken words and map those words to print.
  • Vocabulary: Children will expand the amount of words (vocabulary) that they use and understand.
  • Comprehension of Connected Text: Children will learn strategies that good readers use to understand connected text (phrases and sentences).
  • Motivation: Children will be motivated to read connected text and express themselves using text.

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.

On WQED-TV:

Sundays at 9:30 am

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Watch at The Electric Company website.

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Games

Games / Online resources

Check out these awesome word games, plus other fun stuff like printable posters and Mad Libs, downloadable computer wallpaper, The Electric Company magazine, and the Electric Racer game!

For Parents and Caregivers

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.

  • Parent Activities: Bring the Electric Company experience into your child's daily life. Check out these activities, fun games, and quick tips to spark literacy!
  • Program Viewing Guide: Use these simple tips before, during, and after viewing the show to bring literacy to life and help your child attain The Electric Company's learning goals.

For Educators

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.


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