In “Rock & Roll Easter,” Sid and his friends explore many different types of rocks in this fun adventure and investigation for the award-winning, curriculum-based series from The Jim Henson Company.
SID THE SCIENCE KID ROCK & ROLL EASTER!
Episode #215: Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
(repeats: Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m.)
It’s springtime and that means it’s time to hunt for Easter eggs in the backyard. Explorer Sid searches under every bush and behind every tree, and he finds all the eggs Mom and Dad have hidden. But wait, he also found…a big shiny rock! Could it be…a treasure? Sid brings the rock to school and the kids try to identify the mystery rock. This leads to a special Easter themed investigation where the kids don bunny ears to find and sort different kinds of rocks on an Easter Rock Hunt!
DINOSAUR TRAIN “Nature Trackers” episodes have a special focus on inspiring viewers to get into nature and make new discoveries. The four-episode run begins with Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don building a beach-side clubhouse, and the “Nature Trackers Club” is born. The “Nature Trackers Club” will be featured throughout season two of DINOSAUR TRAIN, and highlights activities such as respecting nature, observing creatures and plants, and collecting natural objects.
STARGAZING ON THE NIGHT TRAIN/GET INTO NATURE! Episode #203: Monday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m.
SHINY AND SNAKES/TINY LOVES FLOWERS Episode #204: Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.
BUDDY EXPLORES THE TYRANNOSAURS/RAINY DAY FIGHT Episode #205: Wednesday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m.
THAT’S NOT A DINOSAUR/TINY’S GARDEN Episode #206: Thursday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m.
VILLAINS RULE THE AIRWAVES THIS APRIL AS WORDGIRL™ BADDIES GET THEMED WEEKS!
April is WordGirl Villains Month on KLRU, as a different WordGirl crook is featured each week of the month. The Emmy Award-winning series from Scholastic Media airs Monday – Friday.
Featured villains and episodes include:
Dr. Two-Brains Week (April 2-6 at 3:30 p.m.)
After an accident caused his brain to fuse with that of a vicious albino mouse test-subject, Professor Steven Boxleitner became the evil Dr. Two-Brains, whose insatiable hunger for cheese drives his criminal activity.
April 2 – “Two Brains’ Quartet”
April 3 – “Mouse Brain Take-Over”
April 4 – “The Two-Brains Boogie”
April 5 – “Two Brains Forgets”
April 6 – “Two Brain Highway”
Granny May Week (April 9-13 at 3:30 p.m.)
Though she poses as a sweet, deaf old lady, Granny May is really a master thief. She is equipped with weapons such as knitting needles that shoot out nearly unbreakable yarn, perfume strong enough to render someone helpless, and blinding stale purse mints.
April 9 – “Granny and Clyde”
April 10 – “Granny’s Intuition”
April 11 – “Granny’s Book Club”
April 12 – “Great Granny May”
April 13 – “Granny Mayor”
The Birthday Girl Week (April 16-20 at 3:30 p.m.)
The Birthday Girl is a greedy, selfish, and sometimes cruel ten-year-old who thinks every day is her birthday. Whenever her needs are denied, she yells “Mine, MINE, MINE!”, growing in height and turning a deeper shade of green with each yell until the owner of the coveted item hands it over in fear.
**Premiere** — “The Birthday Girl’s Monstrous Gift” (premieres Apr. 16, repeats Apr. 19)
April 17 – “Birthday Town”
April 20 – “Earth Day Girl”
Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy Week (April 23-27 at 3:30 p.m.)
Chuck is obsessed with sandwiches and lives in his mother’s basement. His weapon is a gun that fires specially made mustard, relish, ketchup, oil, and other such sandwich condiments that have been modified to be able to encase people.
April 23 – “Chuck With a Sidekick of Brent”
April 24 – “When Chuck’s Mom Is Away…”
April 25 – “Lunch Lady Chuck”
April 26 – “Chuck’s Brother”
April 27 – “Chuck Makes a Buck”
With National Poetry Month just around the corner, here’s a little poem:
Spring now upon us, so we’d like to stop and say,
That Martha’s celebrating poetry in a fantastic way.
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BILLY COLLINS SPEAKS/MILO’S READING BUDDY
Episode #401: Monday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Billy Collins Speaks – Billy Collins writes great poems about dogs, and Martha thinks she knows why. Obviously, the former poet laureate must be a canine himself! When Martha meets Billy Collins she’s in for a few surprises…as is he. Vocabulary: (E) poem, poet, prose, imposter, metaphor(ically). Milo’s Reading Buddy – When Milo reads in front of other people he gets nervous. T.D. has the perfect, confidence-building solution: a Reading Buddy! The whole gang gets excited about helping Milo. Maybe too excited. Can Milo find the Reading Buddy who’s perfect for him? Vocabulary: (E) fluent, struggle, apprehensive, interject, nervous.
VERB DOG, WHEN ACTION CALLS!/MARTHA’S ADVERB ADVENTURE
Episode #402: Tuesday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Verb Dog, When Action Calls! – Struck by a falling book of five-hundred-and-one English Verbs, Martha instantly becomes – Verb Dog! Using her unique superpower to control people with verbs, Martha sniffs out trouble and defends the town from evil. Vocabulary: (E) verb, amublate, elevate, descend, (un)petrify. Martha’s Adverb Adventure – Weaselgraft and Pablum have a new invention that is sure to make them rich again. The Adverbalizer activates adverbs – giving the user the ability to make things happen completely, sloppily, instantly… Of course T.D. orders one… immediately! Vocabulary: (E) sloppily, instantly, immediately, completely, adverb.
RETURN OF THE BOOKBOTS: THE CASE OF THE MISSING WORDS, PARTS 1 & 2
Episode #405: Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part One – The Bookbots are back and faced with a new nemesis: The Announcer. Armed with the power to bring nouns from books to life, the Announcer is wreaking havoc on Wagstaff City. Can our heroes utilize their semantic savvy to stifle this rampaging rapscallion? Vocabulary: (E) noun, remove, term, insert, announce(r). Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part Two – The Announcer is still at large and has put the city into grammatical peril. Fortunately, the Bookbots have discovered a secret weapon: adjectives. Equipped with this new linguistic leverage, our heroes may just be able to save their beloved city from their phonological foe. Vocabulary: (E) oath, adjective, define, modify, weightless.
Leading up to Earth Day, KLRU will present four weeks of “Explore the Outdoors” themed programming from popular series including WILD KRATTS, DINOSAUR TRAIN, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, and CURIOUS GEORGE. Premieres include new episodes from WILD KRATTS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, CURIOUS GEORGE and a new Earth Day themed episode of ARTHUR, airing Monday, April 16. On Friday, April 20 (the Friday before Earth Day), KLRU will also present a special line-up of environmentally-themed programs to gear kids up to celebrate Earth Day. Themed weeks include:
WILD KRATTS “Backyard Adventures Week”
March 26-30 at 4 p.m.
This special week features five episodes all about venturing outside to explore the wonders that are as close as your own backyard. The week concludes with the premiere of a new episode, “Flight of the Pollinators,” on Friday, March 30, which explores the amazing delivery system of plants and their animal partners.
DINOSAUR TRAIN “Nature Trackers Week”
April 2-6 at 9:30 a.m.
This encore presentation of four “Nature Trackers” episodes of DINOSAUR TRAIN includes “Stargazing on the Night Train/Get Into Nature!,” “Shiny and Snakes/Tiny Flowers,” “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight” and “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden.” The storylines follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don as they make their own discoveries in nature.
The episodes encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Nature’s Know-How Week”
April 9-13 at 8:30 a.m.
The Cat, Nick and Sally go on a variety of outdoor adventures this week, including journeys to Drippety Dry Desert and Splishy Splashy Pond. Two new episodes premiere: “Super Cleaner Uppers/Itty Bitty Water” on Monday, April 9, and “Amazing Eyes/Water Walkers” on Thursday, April 12.
ARTHUR “Prunella the Pack Rat/What’s in a Name?”
April 16 at 3 p.m. (repeating April 20 at 3 p.m.)
Prunella the Packrat – Prunella saves everything – ticket stubs, quizzes from second grade, pencil stubs, broken shoe laces…you name it and it’s in her closet! Can Arthur help her break her packrat habits in time to put together the display for the school’s Earth Day fair? Or is Prunella doomed to drown in her clutter? What’s in a Name? – Binky find out that his real name isn’t Binky, it’s… Shelley?!! He’s certain he will have to leave town – or at least school – having this silly name. Until his mom tells him the story of his ancestor, Shelley Barnes, the greatest circus owner of his time…
CURIOUS GEORGE “Explore Your World Week”
April 16-20 at 8 a.m.
During this special week, everyone’s favorite monkey dabbles in a range of activities – from radio DJ-ing, to painting, to building a home for a squirrel. The week includes three premiere episodes – “DJ George/Curious George Paints the Desert” on Monday, April 16, “No Knowing Gnocchi/Here Comes the Tide” on Wednesday, April 18, and “Junky Monkey/Jumpy Warms Up” on Friday, April 20.
Online and Mobile Resources for Families
KLRU and PBS KIDS are increasingly serving children wherever they live, learn, and play – online, on mobile devices, on TV, and in the classroom. Kids can continue their environmental exploration online at PBSKIDS.org/outdoors to find environmental and outdoor themed games, activities and videos and on mobile through the PBS KIDS Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
PBS Parents will provide resources for parents to explore the outdoors with their own families on PBSParents.org/outdoors. The site will provide activities from the on-air episodes, listings for PBS KIDS”Day in the Park” events, and ideas and resources that Central Texas families can use to explore the outdoors any time.
Postcards from Buster has great new online resources! The just released international episodes – Chile and India – are now available to watch online, along with Buster’s previous trips to China, Italy, and Egypt. The Postcards from Busterwebsite has also been updated with educational resources and a new web game called “Buster’s International Game Show” (or the “BIG Show,” for short).
Educational Materials There’s a new Teacher’s Guide for the Postcards from Buster international specials. Designed especially for third graders, the activities in the Teacher’s Guide work side-by-side with the episodes now available online. View the guide here.
Web Game Buster and Arthur fans, look at the new interactive and educational web game “Buster’s International Game Show.” Hosted by Buster himself and loaded with over 400 questions, it is designed to teach AND quiz kids about food, religion, pastimes, the Arts, history, daily life, and more! Test your skills on the Postcards from Busterwebsite.
Will WordGirl defeat the Learner or get beat by her own moves? Find out in a NEW episode on Friday, March 23rd at 3:30 pm
(repeating, Thursday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m.)
Episode: #410 THE LEARNER – Using his talent to see things once and learn them immediately, The Learner is able to steal the giant Santa Tortuga diamond from Ms. Von Hoosinghaus. When WordGirl arrives to save the day, all of her moves are thwarted by The Learner, who has been studying her every move. Will she come up with a new move or will The Learner get away with the diamond? Vocabulary Words: Suffix, Misjudge.
MR. BIG’S DINNER AND A SCAM – Mr. Big uses a mind control machine to convince an audience that his dinner theater show is a masterpiece worthy of big bucks, when in reality, it’s the farthest thing from that. WordGirl must destroy the mind control machine and expose Mr. Big before he is able to empty the audiences’ pocketbooks. Vocabulary Words: Embellish, Leery.