ROBOTS TAKE OVER PBSKIDS GO!

WORDGIRL battles robots all week long, starting June 11th at 3:30 p.m. on KLRU, as the beloved, Emmy Award-winning series from Scholastic Media features “Tobey’s Robot Summer” week on PBS KIDS Go!, including the series premiere “Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!”

June 11Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!
** Premiere **
“ROAD RAGE, ANGER, AND FURY”
At the end of her rope and fed up with city traffic, Lady Redundant Woman creates an army of copies to block other cars and allow her own to sail smoothly. Can Becky distract her family long enough to the copying criminal?
Vocabulary Words: Obstacle, Rant
“BY JOVE, YOU’VE WRECKED MY ROBOTS!”
With the hope of exposing WordGirl’s true identity, Tobey takes a game about evil robots to Becky’s house. When the game turns into a real battle between real robots, Becky must struggle to save the city while keeping her identity a secret.
Vocabulary Words: Savvy, Realize

June 12Bummertime/The Homerun King
“BUMMERTIME”
On the last day of summer Becky just wants to read her favorite book in the hammock and play outside with her friends. But Tobey and his latest robot creation, Chronos, are getting in the way. She must figure out how to stop crime and still enjoy her final vacation day.
Vocabulary Words: Prolong, Aggravated
“THE HOMERUN KING”
When TJ hits a home run that also foils a crime he becomes Home Run King, the city’s latest superhero. When he starts to fight real crimes and gets in over his head, WordGirl has to step in and save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Extraordinary, Fortunate(ly)

June 13Bampy Battles Bots/Truth, Revision, and the Lexicon Way
“BAMPY BATTLES BOTS”
The Botsfords couldn’t be more excited about Grandpa Bampy’s, visit! While there, Bampy tells a surprised Becky that he used to fight villains better than WordGirl. When Tobey invents the ultimate robot, will Bampy help WordGirl save the day?
Vocabulary Words: Invincible, Fiction/Fictional
“TRUTH, REVISION, AND THE LEXICON WAY”
Mr. Big tries a new form of mind control by taking over the school’s newspaper. With misleading articles and city-wide contests, Mr. Big threatens to reveal WordGirl’s secret identity.
Vocabulary Words: Revise/Revision, Misleading

June 14Have Snob, Will Travel/Tobey’s Playground Calamity
“HAVE SNOB, WILL TRAVEL”
Unable to choose which valuable items to steal, The Butcher kidnaps Reginald the jeweler and uses him to find fine artifacts. Amidst a painting contest, Becky must put down her paint brush so WordGirl can rescue Reginald and stop the Butcher’s stealing spree.
Vocabulary Words: Formal, Fret
“TOBEY’S PLAYGROUND CALAMITY”Ms. Davis holds a recycling fundraiser to raise money for a new playground, which was destroyed by villains… Will Becky finally be recognized for her merits over WordGirl or will Tobey’s evil robots destroy the city in a quest to win?
Vocabulary Words: Dedicate, Calamity

June 15WordBot/Mt. Rushhere
“WORDBOT”
Tobey builds a robot replica of WordGirl named WordBot. When WordBot gets jealous and turns on him, WordGirl and Tobey are forced to team-up to defeat the metal monster.
Vocabulary Words: Devoted, Backfire
“MOUNT RUSHHERE”
When the grown-ups suddenly go missing, the kids take advantage of an adult-free world. When WordGirl discovers Mr. Big is using a mind-control device to force the adults to build a tribute in his honor she must destroy the machine and rescue the adults.
Vocabulary Words: Advantage, Tribute

3rd Annual WordGirl Definition Competition


The 3rd Annual WordGirl Definition Competition is fast approaching!

Inspired by the educational objectives of WordGirl’s TV show, the Definition Competition aims to enrich students’ vocabulary in a fun and interactive way. During the 30-minute live webcast, students will play along with three rounds – and a bonus round – of game-show-type questions, testing their knowledge of words, usage, and reading comprehension.

Classes have been registering throughout the month, and there has been a great turnout. Make sure to tune in live on Tuesday, May 1, at 1pm Eastern, noon Central, 10am Pacific, to cheer on the live players and see if a school from your district takes home a prize!

After the broadcast, the event will be archived on the PBS Teachers Page.

Word Girl this Summer!

Word Girl Summer Reading
Our vocabulary superhero tackles sequel stealing robots, library late fines, and book club cons in WordGirl’s Ludicrously Literate Library Week – five book-tastic programs airing July 11-15 as part of PBS KIDS’ Summer Reading Initiative.
Episodes
Monday, July 11 – #114 “Princess Triana and The Ogre of Castlebum”
WordGirl does battle with Tobey, who is determined to steal a copy of the newest sequel to everyone’s favorite book series so he can read it before everyone else.
Tuesday, July 12 – #211 “The Stew, the Proud…”
Time is running out for Becky to return her library books and maintain her perfect record when Raul Demiglasse and the Butcher go head-to-head in a culinary showdown.
Wednesday, July 13 – #106 “Book Ends”
When WordGirl accuses Tobey of being too predictable with his crimes, he responds by using his robots to hold WordGirl’s beloved town library hostage, unless she plays them in a game of winner-take-all dodge ball.
Thursday, July 14 – #222 “Granny’s Book Club”
The Association of Villains is ready to retire Granny May unless she’s able to capture WordGirl. She successfully lures WordGirl into a trap by starting a book club. Will WordGirl be able to read between the lines and escape the clutches of Granny May?
Friday, July 15 – #305 “That’s Entertainment”
The Energy Monster’s latest prison break interrupts the Botsford family’s television time. While Tim, Sally, and TJ brainstorm new forms of entertainment, like READING, WordGirl hunts down the Energy Monster and returns him to his prison cell.
Worrrd Up!

Worrrd Up…WordGirl has a SPIFFY new website!

WordGirl and her sidekick
Need a break from fighting vocabulary crime? Visit pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl to strengthen your linguistic lexicon. WordGirl  greets visitors directly as soon as they land on the site and encourages them to explore.

Here are a few of the fun activities that await you:
- Get behind the wheel in the new game “Chuck’s Extreme Sandwich Crusher.”
- Watch complete episodes, Huggy dance clips, favorite word segments and more.
- Submit your favorite word to the show and send a message to a friend.
- Get inspired to decorate your office, house, apartment, or hideout with “Build-A-Lair.”
- Visit “Tobey’s Robot Workshop” while the boy genius is grounded from his latest attempt at world domination.
- Become a WordGirl star by creating your own avatar.

WordGirl’s DAZZLING new awards include:

- The 2011 Gracie Award
in the Outstanding Children/Adolescent Animated Program Category from the Alliance for Women in Media. This organization celebrates and honors programming created for women, by women and about women. This is the second time WordGirl has received a Gracie Award!

- A 2011 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards “Silver World Medal”
in  the Children’s Programming category. The NYF? Television & Film Awards are one of the world’s largest and most respected international competitions dedicated to both the TV and film industries.

- a 2011 Telly Silver Award
in the Children’s TV Program category. This is the second Telly Award for WordGirl! The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.