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Curious George

Episode Descriptions & Educational Objectives

Here are descriptions and educational objectives for every CURIOUS GEORGE animated adventure and live-action segment. To find out when CURIOUS GEORGE is on in your area, check the TV Schedule.

Season One
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Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven

Episode 1

George and Marco Sound It Out

Nothing can stop George from listening to his favorite band, Lobos de Plata, a Latin band that plays in Endless Park. So when the bandstand is taken down, George goes on a mission with his friend and band-member, 8 year-old Marco, to find a perfect place for the band to play. After a day of checking the acoustics at Pisghetti's, the zoo, and George's lobby, their last hope is the museum. Will it have a room that is quiet, won't produce echoes, and is large enough for an entire band?

Educational Objective (Science & Social Science):To explore sound; especially how the same instruments, played the same way, may sound different in different settings. To learn some aspects of a setting that may contribute to how things sound; size of the space, texture of surfaces in the space, and the presence of competing sounds.

Live Action Segment
A group of students search for the perfect room in their school to make an audio recording of a book. Will the stairwell, gym, kitchen, or office provide the quiet and echo-free atmosphere they're looking for?

A Monkey's Duckling

George is so anxious for Dumpling Duck's eggs to hatch that he takes over as chief egg-sitter when Dumpling takes a break. When the first duckling emerges and sees George, he thinks the monkey is his mama! As George shows his doting protege the differences between a monkey and a duck, can he convince the duckling that birds of a feather should flock together?

Educational Objective (Science):To be introduced to some differences between animals that hatch and animals that are "born alive". To learn about the concept of attachment between some animal parents and babies.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids travel to a local pond where they observe baby ducklings and mallards.

Episode 2

Downhill Racer

When George hears about the annual soapbox derby, he enlists Allie to help him make the coolest car a monkey could drive. But even with the help of Bill's instruction manual, building a car takes a lot of work and car parts sure are hard to find. Will their car made out of wagon wheels, a kayak, and brakes from a buggy race past the finish line or are they on a crash course?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To demonstrate that many components work together to accomplish a goal. To repurpose and recycle materials into various components which work together to accomplish a goal.

Live Action Segment
Using a box, a stick, a straw and some wheels, the kids make homemade cars that they use to race down a ramp. They learn that both gravity and the weight of the car effect the speed and distance it can travel.

Book Monkey

George loves books and helping others, so volunteering to help the librarian is a no-brainer! But when she is called away, George may have volunteered for a bigger job than he expected. He does his best to reshelf books, but when people can't find what they're looking for, he starts over from scratch. After he sorts by the color, then size, then subject, how will the exhausted little monkey react when the librarian tells him that books are also sorted alphabetically?

Educational Objective (Math):To recognize that there are different ways to sort a group of objects: for example by color, by size, or by another common characteristic. To categorize objects into groups based on their properties, such as shape, size, color. To use the attributes to sort, compare, or describe groups of objects.

Live Action Segment
The kids help out at the second hand store by taking a pile of home improvement objects and sorting them into bins. They take their organizing skills to the next level by not only sorting the bins by object, but also by color.

Episode 3

George's Super Subway Adventure

The Man with the Yellow Hat has two surprises for George today: They're going to the zoo and they're riding the subway! George is so excited to see his first underground train that he hops right on, leaving the Man behind at the subway terminal. After comical mishaps where the two barely miss meeting up and some fun stops along the way, George figures out how to take the train all the way to the zoo, where he patiently waits for his friend to catch up.

Educational Objective (Engineering):To reinforce the concept that vehicles move people or goods from one place to another in water, air or space, and on land.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids design a system of roads for a unique town that they've created. Once their roadway is in place, they continue to restructure it to find the fastest route to each destination.

Well Done, George

A certain muddy monkey needs a bath, but there's no water coming out of the faucet. George and The Man with the Yellow Hat find a broken water pump in their well and head back to the city so George can take that much needed bath. This time when the water stops flowing from the faucet, George takes matters into his own paws and uses his newly acquired knowledge to build a well in their front yard. But can he build a pump to get the water from the ground into his fifth floor bathtub?

Educational Objective (Engineering & Science):To explore water (the water cycle) as a natural resource that is stored in nature underground and in rivers, lakes and oceans. To demonstrate how some homes get their water from the ground by means of a system with a well and a pump.

Live Action Segment
The kids spend the day with an environmental scientist and make a model of the river. They then use a homemade pump made out of tubes and a plastic bottle to demonstrate how people get water out of the ground.

Episode 4

Trader George

George has a new hobby - collecting interestingly shaped sticks with his squeaky, rolling cart. When he encounters Allie selling fresh apple cider, he trades his cart for a gallon, but later regrets his decision. He offers to trade a jar of sauerkraut to Allie in return for the cart, but Allie already traded it to Vicki. Can George find the perfect trade for Vicki or is his cart gone forever?

Educational Objective (Social Science):To begin to understand the concept of barter and trade; that in order to get something you want you must provide something of equal value to the person who has it. To be introduced to the idea that an item's value may go up or down depending on the individual's need for it.

Live Action Segment
A classroom is transformed into a marketplace when each student brings an item to trade. Students engage in the art of trading and bartering as they determine what their item is worth and whether the suggested item swap is a fair one.

One in a Million Chameleon

George could stay busy for hours watching Jade the chameleon--not only does she change colors, but she also has the world's fastest tongue. But when Jade escapes after George accidentally leaves her cage door open, he follows her trail right out the front door! George enlists Hundley's help, but will they be able to find a color-changing chameleon in the big city?

Educational Objective (Science):To be introduced to the idea of tracking an animal by looking for signs of its presence or predicting its behavior based on what is known about its habits. To learn something about chameleon physical characteristics and behavior. To be introduced to the very complex concept of chameleon camouflage.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids investigate an underground tunnel built specifically for wildlife animals to safely cross a busy road. They figure out what types of animals are using the tunneling by identifying tracks in the sand.

Episode 5

Monkey Size Me

It's hard being a little monkey in a big world. George tries to throw The Man with the Yellow Hat the perfect surprise party, but he orders a cake too big to fit in the freezer and he's too short to hang the decorations from the ceiling. George fantasizes about a life where everything is monkey-sized...where he could drive a monkey-sized car, order a monkey-sized cake, and even wear a monkey-sized yellow hat! But how would a monkey-sized party effect his regular sized guests?

Educational Objective (Math):To use non-standard measuring devices (e.g., George's height and width of his arms) to measure the height and width of objects. To measure length or width, recognize that the units must be placed end-to-end, without leaving any gaps, and without overlapping, when lining up standard or non-standard units. To compare and order a set of measurements by size (e.g. the size of the ladders lined up by height).

Live Action Segment
The kids experiment with different forms of measurement. First they use a piece of yarn while measuring their height. Then they use cardboard cutouts of themselves to measure distances.

Metal Detective

There's no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than playing with your favorite robot on the beach. But when a sudden rainstorm has George and The Man with the Yellow Hat running for shelter, George is upset to learn that he left his robot resting in the sand. With Professor Wiseman's help, George makes a homemade metal detector to help him find his buried metal friend. Can a monkey rescue a robot using an alarm clock, tape, and a calculator?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To reinforce the concept materials can be influenced by the weather. To demonstrate how following directions help people learn how things work.

Live Action Segment
Using magnets as metal detectors and bamboo sticks as fishing rods, the kids go "fishing" in a sandbox to see what types of metal objects they can "catch". They find a shovel, some nails, and other metallic objects, and learn that not all metal sticks to a magnet.

Episode 6

George's Home Run

While Marco tries to hit his first Little League home run, George gets to play scorekeeper. Unfortunately, he can't remember the order of the numbers, so he isn't getting it quite right. Marco helps out by using a catchy song to teach George how to count from 1-10 and then George returns the favor by agreeing to be a pinch runner for an injured Marco. Can a speedy little monkey run the bases fast enough for Marco to get his first home run?

Educational Objective (Math):To learn the correct sequence of numbers and count from one to twenty. To say the next number up, given any number in the one to twenty sequence. To connect sequenced oral counting with physically arranged sequenced number tiles in a row. To count objects with assigned numbers by physically lining them up in order by number. To learn the relationship between numbers 1-10 and numbers 11- 20 (e.g., the relationship between 1 and 11, 2 and 12, etc.).

Live Action Segment
Batter up! The kids spend the day at a baseball diamond playing "hitting derby". Each team has a scorekeeper who accurately keeps track of their team's number of strikes, outs, and hits by using a scoreboard.

Monkey on Ice

Bill wants to earn another Junior Sprout badge by constructing and sleeping in an igloo, inspiring George to build his own. Only George wants his igloo to have windows and be big enough to fit his friends and furniture--not small and cozy like Bill's. When George's huge ice house leaves him freezing cold, he decides to build one in a much warmer location--inside the country house.

Educational Objective (Engineering):To develop awareness of different construction technologies and how building parts fit together.

Live Action Segment
In a backyard, the kids work together to construct a fort out of vines and bamboo sticks. By weaving and wrapping vines around the sticks, they create a stable dome fort that they later decorate with flowers chains.

Episode 7


George is entranced by the museum's newest addition: a vending machine full of levers, wheels, springs, and healthy snacks! So when George is put in charge of making the dessert for an important dinner party, he can think of nothing better than creating his own dessert dispensing vending machine - the George-O-Matic. One tiny design flaw: George asks Gnocci the cat to motor the machine, causing it to go into overdrive.

Educational Objective (Engineering):To illustrate how many technologies are a result of the needs and wants of people and that the way people live and work has changed throughout history because of technology. To recognize that all products and systems are subject to failure. To demonstrate how a simple machine working with another simple machine results in a complex machine.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids learn about simple machines through a demonstration of cranks, levers, and gears on a bicycle at "Bikes Not Bombs". After a day of watching wheels and gears spin, the kids are treated to a delicious smoothie, made from a blender rigged to the bicycle that is operated through the use of pedal power.

Curious George, Sheep Herder

George buys a cool new scarf at the Country Fair, but with one tug on a loose strand of wool, the entire scarf unravels! While searching for sheep that will give him some wool for another scarf, George accidentally whistles, which sends Bo the sheepdog and his flock of sheep on a wild adventure through the country. Can George whistle his way out of this mess or will his baaaaaad day turn even worse?

Educational Objective (Science):To learn something about the interactions between humans and domesticated animals, specifically sheep. To be introduced to the many processes involved in wool production and manufacture.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids learn where wool comes from after observing a sheep being sheared. Later, they wash, comb, spin, and dye the wool and do some weaving with colored yarn.

Episode 8

Go West, Young Monkey

The Doorman gets a special delivery - a Western Town to add to his amazing train set. He lets George, Steve, and Betsy assemble it, but they lose the final railroad pin that holds it all together! After helping them search, an exhausted Hundley dozes off and dreams that he's the deputy of an old West town where a stranger (George) loses the ceremonial pin that links the new railroad tracks. Can Deputy Hundley find the pin and save the day?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To use creative thinking and problem solving as a means to find many solutions to a problem. To use trial and error (deductive reasoning) to find solutions to a problem.

Live Action Segment
Gravity plays an important role when a group of kids race marbles down homemade tracks they customized with sharp turns, high dips, and free falls. When marbles get stuck in the tracks, the kids solve the problem by redesigning the tracks.

Meet the New Neighbors

George ventures into the new neighborhood Vietnamese grocery store to buy carrots, cucumbers, and apples. He has a hard time finding the items on his list, so George buys the closest fruits and vegetables he can find: phat thu, mang cau ta, and kho qua. But the ingredients don't work in The Man with the Yellow Hat's recipes. Not wanting to take any more chances, George revisits the store, only this time he brings takeout and the storeowners back with him!

Educational Objective (Social Science):To learn that, while different people eat and cook with different foods, all people enjoy preparing and eating food. To be introduced to the idea that eating together is an activity that crosses cultural boundaries. To reinforce the idea that it is important to try new things, specifically new foods or familiar foods prepared in new ways.

Live Action Segment
Upon presenting their handmade family portraits to their class, a classroom of students sees differences in each family structure. Some kids have siblings, others are an only child; some have grandparents living with them, others live with one parent.

Episode 9

Follow that Boat

Steve needs an A to pass his history class and his model papyrus boat is sure to make the grade. George helps him test the boat in Endless Park's pond, but a sudden rainstorm sweeps it down the sewer grate! While searching for the boat, Steve and George learn that debris from the street ends up in the ocean. Will they ever find Steve's little boat in the big ocean or will he be taking history again next year?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To recognize that waste needs to be disposed of properly to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment. To learn about a manmade system designed to reduce man's impact on the environment by work to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids visit a river and learn how easily pollution can get into the water. Later, they lend a hand by picking up litter around the river.

Windmill Monkey

George proudly finishes planting his rooftop garden when he turns around to find that Compass and his friends have eaten all the seeds. The scarecrow overlooking the garden didn't scare them at all! While buying more seeds, George spots a windmill and learns how the wind can power just about anything. The inspired monkey sets out to create the world's first wind powered scarecrow in hopes that will keep his seeds safe. But some things are more easily planned than done!

Educational Objective (Engineering):To recognize wind as an alternative and renewable source of energy capable of doing work.

Live Action Segment
Wind is the subject of the day as the kids make pinwheels and an anemometer to measure the wind speed and determine the best location to fly a kite.

Episode 10

Mother's Day Surprise

It's Mother's Day and Marco wants to surprise his mami with a party! George is excited to help Marco make a pinata and other festive decorations while Cecilia and The Man with the Yellow Hat prepare some of Maritza's favorite food. But when they see her arriving early, will the crew be able to pull it together in time to make this one mother's day she'll never forget?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To understand the design process is a creative process that requires planning and problem solving.

Live Action Segment
The kids make dog themed decorations for a special birthday party for their dog, Mousse. They celebrate by making (and breaking!) a doggie pinata filled with Mousse's favorite treats.

Jungle Gym

George, Allie, and Bill really flip for flips when they join a gymnastics class and then flip-out when they realize the class is only once a week! But George has an idea--build their own backyard gym so they can practice every day. Will an inventive monkey, a determined little girl, and a can-do boy be able to carry it off and impress their teacher at the next class?

Educational Objective (Engineering & Science):To apply the design process through building and investigating how something is made and improved. To reinforce the idea of exercise as important to a healthy lifestyle. To be introduced to some specific gymnastics exercises and related safety rules. To use ordinary materials creatively and in new contexts in order to generate solutions to problems.

Live Action Segment
In a backyard adventure, the kids create a fun obstacle course using every day items. They run, crawl, balance, and weave through difficult challenges, but jumping in a big pile of leaves at the end of the course proves to be a huge reward.

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