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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
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven

Episode 1

School of Dance

Little monkeys love to dance, which is why George can't wait for Allie's dance party. When Bill announces he's leaving town because he doesn't know how to dance the box step, George creates a footsteps dance step map to help. But you can't take a dance map to a party! How will Bill keep from stepping on toes without one?

Educational Objective (Math):To recognize simple patterns occurring across domains -- in numbers, sound rhythms, shapes, and movement (e.g., abb--abb; slow, quick, quick--slow, quick, quick; left, right, right--left, right, right). To identify some of the properties of the box step, such as number of sides and number of corners, and length of sides. To describe the relative positions of feet by using words, such as "forward," "back,' "in front of," and "next to," and "behind." To identify the terms left and right, and locate them on the appropriate side of the body using different colors (red and blue) to represent the concepts of right foot, left foot. To number the steps in order to show the sequence of the dance steps in the order they occur.

Live Action Segment
The art of kung fu is examined at a martial arts academy, as we learn that like dancing, kung fu is a group of movements done in a particular order.

Curious George Sounds Off

Chef Pisghetti is distraught: his chickens won't lay any eggs! After spending a night in the chicken coop, George discovers that the chickens aren't sleeping and are too tired to lay eggs. The noisy alley is the culprit. Will George's efforts to soundproof the chicken coop with recycled materials pay off with egg-cellent results?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To discover differing properties of materials can influence how and why the materials are used.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids create their own earmuffs to protect their ears from loud sounds in a noisy environment.

Episode 2

George Buys a Kite

After a gust of wind destroys their kite, George and Bill are determined to buy the Ultimate Kite on display at Ada & Luke's country store. Luckily, Bill & George's Excellent Job Service finds enough work to keep their weekend schedule filled with money making chores--until rain prevents the duo from completing their outdoor tasks. Can their precise schedule be rearranged to do the inside chores while it's raining and complete the outdoor tasks when it's sunny or will Bill and George's Excellent Job Service go out of business?

Educational Objective (Math):To recognize the importance of organizing and scheduling. To plan how to sequence and order activities. To estimate the amount of time each task will require. To use drawings or charts or maps to represent the sequencing and planning of activities.

Live Action Segment
Two teams of kids compete against each other in an "efficiency race". The team that shares and splits the task is victorious at being the most efficient.

Train of Light

During a trip to Mabel's Department Store, George helps wrap presents, watches himself on TV, rides the escalator, and becomes fascinated by a lamp that casts a shadow of a moving train onto the wall. When George tries to leave the store, the door is locked and the lights shut off. George is trapped inside, so he gets to work creating his own signature lampshade that he hopes will grab the attention of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George's plan work or will George be spending the night in the store?

Educational Objective (Math):To explore the concepts of light and shadow. To apply information learned in one situation to a new situation and for a new purpose.

Live Action Segment
The kids spend the day learning about shadows. They put their newly found knowledge to work when they construct puppets and perform a scene in a shadow puppet theatre.

Episode 3

Auctioneer George

George has one dollar to buy anything he wants at the Annual Corn Roast and Attic Auction, and he sets his sights on a pair of red elephant mittens. When The Man with the Yellow Hat leaves George alone, he bids...and bids...and wins! Only, he didn't realize how bidding works, and now he owes $100. While George tries to re-auction the mittens himself, Marco searches the city for the only person unique enough to pay $101 for red elephant mittens...Mr. Glass.

Educational Objective (Math):To visualize the difference between one dollar and one hundred dollars. To understand how you get from one dollar to one hundred dollars (by ones; by tens). To count to 100 by multiples of ten. To make the connection between money and the work that goes into earning that money.

Live Action Segment
It's 100's Day at school! The students use various objects (beads, juice, tiles, noodles, etc) to illustrate what the quantity of one hundred actually looks like.

Sock Monkey Opera

When Betsy gets the chicken pox and can't see her favorite opera, Hansel & Gretel, she sends George in her place. George loves the opera so much, he decides to cheer up Betsy by performing for his itchy friend. But how can one little monkey sing, dance, and act for an entire cast of characters?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To apply the design process through creating and building (puppets and scenery) to communicate a story.

Live Action Segment
A group of kids are inspired to create their own hand puppets after attending a puppet show. Later they surprise their parents with their very own puppet show.

Episode 4

George and the Giant Thumb

A bored George and Allie decide to make a ginormous sculpture of Bill's sprained thumb. The duo quickly run out of clay and turn to less conventional art supplies. Peanut butter proves too sticky and shaving cream too drippy, so George and Allie use mud to finish their masterpiece. But will Bill give their art a thumbs up?

Educational Objective (Science):To explore the characteristics of different materials in relation to their use in sculpting. To be introduced to the concept of sculpting as a process. To explore materials, in this case for sculpting, and the influence material(s) can have on the outcome of a project.

Live Action Segment
The consistency of mud is experimented with as the kids build mud houses on top of a stick base.

Shutter Monkey

Betsy's "Out of Sight Shapes" entry for the photo contest is sure to win first prize--that is until George and Steve accidentally ruin her pictures. With some help from Steve, George runs around town trying to re-shoot the photographs. But finding the hidden shapes in things is hard for a little monkey! Can George snap 4 pictures of 4 shapes by 4:00...or are Betsy's prize-winning photos out of sight for good?

Educational Objective (Math):To recognize that some shapes have curved sides (like a circle) and some have straight sides (rectangle). To identify some of the properties of common shapes, such as number of sides and number of corners (angles). To investigate and predict the results of putting together shapes to make new shapes (e.g., 3 firemen + a hose = triangle).

Live Action Segment
Shapes are the subject of today's activity as a group of kids get creative and use their own bodies to make different shapes, like a star, oval, and even a human body!

Episode 5

Hamster Cam

Steve's pet hamster, Hogie, is on the loose in the city streets with nothing but a small video camera tied to his back. George helps Steve track his whereabouts using clues from the hamster cam and his best monkeyish map-reading skills. But can a monkey with a map keep up with a hamster on the run?

Educational Objective (Math):To use simple 2-d maps to locate landmarks and to follow routes on the map. To begin to develop strategies for distinguishing between left and right. To describe the relative positions of objects by using words, such as "above," "below," and "next to."

Live Action Segment
A group of kids follow a map to help them find clues about a mystery party. They use landmarks to help find their way, but will the clues help them figure out the party's theme?

The Great Monkey Detective

It's mystery movie night at Chef Pisghetti's restaurant. But the big mystery really begins when Chef Pisghetti's cookbook suddenly vanishes! A fan of Detective Basil Know-it-All, George understands that clues are the key to solving a mystery. Will George be able to crack the case of the missing cookbook or will this mystery remain unsolved?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To design and create a solution to a problem through observational and transference learning.

Live Action Segment
Uh oh. The students forgot to put their names on their art projects! They decide to take everyone's fingerprints and compare it to the prints on the artwork to figure out the mystery.

Episode 6

Wind Symphony

George is an expert at making noise, so Mr. Zoobel asks for his help in creating a one-of-a-kind rooftop Wind Symphony. George and Zoobel listen closely to the different sounds of everyday objects, whether it's banging pots, clinking silverware, or flapping laundry, and find the perfect instruments for a wind-powered orchestra. But as the crowd gathers below, the promised wind isn't arriving and George has to think of a way to save the day.

Educational Objective (Engineering):To demonstrate objects can vibrate to produce sounds and different objects can produce different sounds.

Live Action Segment
A musician visits a classroom to show the students how to make their own musical instruments out of everyday objects.

George and Allie's Automated Car Wash

Spish! Spish! Blub blub! George and Allie are so impressed by Sprint Quint's automatic car wash that they decide to build their own...for toy cars! Remembering each stage of the car wash by the sound it makes, George and Allie assemble picnic benches, slippers, car mats, paint rollers and other everyday objects into a one-of-a-kind automatic toy wash. But will it be as successful as the full-sized car wash?

Educational Objective (Engineering):To learn that all people use tools and techniques to help them do things. To understand that tools, simple machines, materials, and skills are used to make things and to carry out tasks.

Live Action Segment
Students construct and test an assembly line that makes an English muffin pizza step-by-step.

Episode 7

Feeling Antsy

George loves starting the day off with a big breakfast, but more food lands on the floor than in his mouth. As George cleans up his mess, he spots an army of ants, something The Man with the Yellow Hat warned his messy monkey about. With some help from his friend Hundley, can a monkey and dog come up with a plan to get rid of the unwelcome houseguests or does George have hundreds of new roommates?

Educational Objective (Science):To observe and describe the behavior of living things. To recognize that animals depend on their environment and on other living things for survival.

Live Action Segment
Environmentally savvy kids raise beetles to eat plants that don't belong in the Neponset River.

Maple Monkey Madness

George pours the last drop of maple syrup on his pancakes, leaving The Man with the Yellow Hat with a dry stack of flapjacks. George learns that maple syrup comes from trees, so he and Allie team up to replenish the Man's syrup supply. After tapping lots of trees, tasting bitter sap, and turning sap into syrup at the Renkins' sugar shack, George is finally able to bring home syrup for the Man...just in time for dinner!

Educational Objective (Science):To be introduced to the process of maple syrup production. To reinforce the usefulness of systematic trial and error in inquiry, and the characteristic of persistence as a positive quality in doing inquiry.

Live Action Segment
The kids are in for a treat when they visit the Taza Chocolate Factory and learn about the process of making dark chocolate. They watch as the cocoa beans and nibs are ground into a chocolate paste, which tastes much different than they expected.

Episode 8

DJ George

It's George's lucky day when The Man with the Yellow Hat wins tickets to a Bonnie Smooth concert over the radio. But at the radio station, George's luck turns when he accidentally locks himself into the DJ booth just as Bonnie Smooth herself is scheduled to call in for an interview. Can a DJ teach a monkey how to operate a radio station through a sound proof window in time for the big call?, or will George be able to figure it out on his own?

Educational Objective (Math):To learn the sequence and order of specific procedures or steps. To order the steps numerically in terms of first, second, third, etc. To create representations of a series of procedures, using gesture, written pictorial symbols, or concrete objects. To learn the time concepts of before and after and the relative positions of objects by using words, such as "above," "below," and "next to." To identify objects based on their properties, such as shape and color.

Live Action Segment
Two kids try to assemble a table and chairs but the instructions aren't in order. With a parent's help, they figure out where to start and how to piece everything together.

Curious George Paints the Desert

While visiting the Quints during their desert vacation, George is thrilled when his new Native American friend makes a colorful sand painting of the happy monkey. But a jackrabbit runs through the painting, ruining the work of art and making George not so happy. George decides to make his own painting to replace the ruined one, but when he doesn't have the correct color of sand, he turns to food to help dye it the right color.

Educational Objective (Science):To be introduced to the idea of creating art using earth's natural materials. To learn something about the role of the traditional medicine man in Native American culture.

Live Action Segment
Students at the Nuweetooun School explain how to play traditional Native American games.

Episode 9

Junky Monkey

Steve is appointed head of Pretty City Committee Pod 7 on a mission to lead George, The Man with the Yellow Hat, Aunt Margaret, Betsy, and Charkie to clean up litter in their neighborhood. But where others see trash, George sees treasures hidden in alleys, sidewalk, and recycling bins. He takes his findings up to his apartment and sorts them by shape and size, transforming his collection into a masterpiece worthy to be hung at City Hall. But will the mayor agree or call it junk?

Educational Objective (Math):To recognize that a collection is not a bunch of random objects; it's a group of things that relate in a specific way. To recognize that there are a lot of different ways to compare and contrast objects: size, shape, what they're made of, function, color, etc. 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
A group of students learn how to sort objects using a VENN diagram.

Jumpy Warms Up

One cold winter's day, George and The Man with the Yellow Hat find an unexpected houseguest living in their country home -- Jumpy Squirrel! While the Man insulates their home to keep heat in and squirrels out, George worries that Jumpy's nest won't keep his friend warm enough through the winter. George decides to build Jumpy a winter proof house, and much to Jumpy's surprise, the monkey's squirrel resort is pretty cozy!

Educational Objective (Science):To be introduced to the concepts of temperature, air, and the movement of air from warmer to cooler areas. To be introduced to the concept of insulation as a means of inhibiting the natural flow of air from warmer to cooler areas. To explore the properties of various materials in relation to their insulating capacity.

Live Action Segment
After discussing how birds survive in the wild during the winter, a group of kids build homemade birdhouses.

Episode 10

No Knowing Gnocchi

Chef Pisghetti has done everything he can think of to please Gnocchi. He replaced the door she's always scratching, removed the old carpet that got her dirty, and even cleaned out all the debris from the alley. So why is his beloved cat spending so much time away from home? George decides to follow Gnocchi on her adventures to figure out what causes his cat friend to leave home and roam.

Educational Objective (Engineering):To design and create a product based on the needs and wants determined by observation and/or research (data collection).

Live Action Segment
It's a wild time at the zoo when the kids create enrichment toys filled with food for bears and otters.

Here Comes the Tide

When a treasure hunt at the beach leaves George and Marco staring into a big, empty hole, they decide to bury their own treasure chest. But after a swim with a friendly dolphin, they return and discover the tide moved their treasure chest down shore, and it's completely empty! Will the boys recover their missing treasure, or has the tide washed it away forever?

Educational Objective (Science):To learn that different habitats have unique characteristics and support different types of living things. To be introduced to a rocky coastal habitat ncluding the low, middle, and high intertidal regions and the living things that inhabit them.

Live Action Segment
Visually impaired students explore a tidal pool by touching each creature's texture. Later, a student makes a clay model of a creature in the tidal pool.

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