If you were a typical kid in the seventies, you watched a lot of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. These two children’s programs taught us how to spell and read using humorous sketches, cartoons, fuzzy puppets, and catchy songs.
I spent many afterschool hours in front of the TV watching Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, and Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street. After that, The Electric Company’s stars, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, and Rita Moreno, taught me about reading while making me laugh. These many years later, I still remember (and sometimes can sing along to) my favorite clips.
Whether you work with English learners, students with disabilities, or early childhood education students, these clips are still a great resource for introducing new literacy, spelling, and punctuation concepts in a fun way. Here’s a list of five of my favorites:
The Director and the Musketeer This hilarious clip teaches kids the meaning of the word all. Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, and Morgan Freeman camp it up.
L-Y An Electric Company classic, with words and music by Tom Lehrer. This animated clip teaches kids how to turn a word into an adverb by adding an ly to the end.
One of These Things An early classic from Sesame Street with a simple but catchy tune. Kids learn to distinguish between objects that are the same and objects that are different.
Stop Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman demonstrate how to say stop with periods, exclamation marks, and question marks.
Interjections! A sing-along offering from School House Rock that explains what an interjection is. Hurrah!
Those are my favorites. Which clips or activities do you like to use in your classroom to teach basic reading and vocabulary skills? Share them here!