This Week’s PBS Kids Summer Reading Theme: “WordGirl’s Ludicrously Literate Library Week”

Word Girl Week

This week’s PBS Kids Summer Reading Theme is “WordGirl’s Ludicrously Literate Library Week.”

WordGirl is a PBS KIDS GO! series that chronicles the adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl – caped crusader and definition dynamo.  Five episodes with a book theme will air this week that include:

  • “Princess Triana and the Ogre of Castlebum” – Monday, July 11, 2011
  • “The Stew, the Proud…” – Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  • “Book Ends” – Wednesday, July 13, 2011
  • “Granny’s Book Club – Thursday, July 14, 2011
  • “That’s Entertainment” – Friday, July 15, 2011

WordGirl airs at 4:30pm on WGBY.  For more summer fun, visit the WordGirl website.

WORDGIRL Definition Competition webcast April 27th

Inspired by the educational objectives of WordGirl, the animated adventures of an elementary-school student with super powers and a wonderful vocabulary that airs on WGBY KIDS at 7:30am, the WordGirl Definition Competition from Scholastic is a way to engage students with words in an entertaining and interactive context. During the 30-minute live webcast, students will enrich their vocabulary and have fun in the process! And, as Scholastic’s official Ambassador of Summer Reading, WordGirl will kickoff the 2011 Scholastic Summer Challenge, beginning April 27, to get students excited about books and reading all summer long.

The Definition Competition will consist of three short rounds plus a bonus round. In a game-show setting, students will put their vocabulary skills in practice as they are asked questions pertaining to word usage, definitions, using words in different contexts and reading comprehension. Your class will play along, in real-time, by submitting answers online during the webcast and may be called out during the event.  Also, by registering for the Definition Competition, your class and school will automatically be entered into the WordGirl Definition Competition Sweepstakes for a chance to win books and WordGirl prizes.

Prepare your students for the Definition Competition! Register today to receive your Event Kit, which offers kids practice with skills featured in the Webcast:

  • Understanding the meanings of words
  • Using context clues for correct word usage
  • Leveraging visuals to define words
  • Drawing on existing vocabulary knowledge
  • Presenting vocabulary words in varied and interesting ways

Want more info? Need technical details? Check out the FAQ.

You can also still view the archived 2010 WordGirl Definition Competition for an idea of how the competition will work.