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PBS Premiered Apr 03, 2000 In Season

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  • Season 1 Episode 7: Touching the Moon

  • The key word in this episode is moon.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: The Hopping Hen

  • The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger adds a letter in the hope of rescue in Adventure 2,345: Cliff Hanger and the Bed. Cliff Hanger spots two movers carrying a large "ed." He consults his Trusty Survival Manual, which advises him to add a "b" to the front of it. He does and it turns into a bed. He drops down onto it, thinking he's finally rescued, but he just bounces right back up. And that's why he's called Cliff Hanger!

  • Gawain's Word: "W" and "et" blend together to make the word "wet." The silver and gold knights then dump water on each other.

  • The new vocabulary for this episode is allowed, hen, permitted, and saxophone.

  • The target vowel is the short "e" in the word hen.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Shooting Stars

  • Theo serves as the designated reader for this episode.

  • Gawain's Word: "Sh" and "ark" blend together at high speed to make the word "shark." The gold and silver knights then run away from an actual shark.

  • The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger finds himself making a wish in Adventure 2,612: Cliff Hanger and the Wish Upon a Star. When the first star of the night appears, Cliff consults his Trusty Survival Manual, which advises him to make a wish. He does and is rescued by the people in the helicopter that sing the theme song -- then he wakes up. It was only a dream -- and that's why he's called Cliff Hanger!

  • The new vocabulary words in this episode are:

    marvelous, meteor, sparkling, acrobat

  • The key sound in this episode is the r-controlled "a" in the word star.

  • The two key words in this episode are star and night.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Farmer Ken's Puzzle

  • Farmer Ken's Puzzle, An Analysis: The puzzle presented in the computer game is as follows -- a farmer named Ken has a hen, a cat, and a bag of seed. He must safely get all three from one side of a shore to another, but can only carry one at a time on his boat. The following constraints are in effect, though not initially explained -- if at any time the cat is left alone with the hen, he will eat her, resulting in a game over. Additionally, if the hen is left alone with the seeds, she will eat those, again resulting in a game over. Leona deduces the correct solution, which requires that the hen be transported first. After this, the farmer returns with the cat, while at the same time taking the hen. He then heads back, grabs the seed, and drops off the hen. Finally, after leaving the seed with the cat, he returns for the hen.

    This, however, is not the only possible solution. If the seed is transported first, then the cat and the hen are left alone, giving a game over. If the cat is transported first, then the hen is left alone with the seed, also resulting in a game over. And, again, if any possible combination other than cat and seed are left together, the game is over -- a combination that is not possible without the return trips process.

  • Theo is the designated reader for this episode.

  • The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: Dr. Ruth Wordheimer handles another "long word freakout." In this segment, a monkey received a letter from his friend with a word that's so long, he doesn't think he can read it. He doesn't know if his friends is complimenting or criticizing him. Dr. Ruth Wordheimer helps him to sound out the word part-by-part and the monkey discovers his friend thinks that he's "enchanting."

  • The new vocabulary in this episode is:

    clue, enchanting, peacock, miracle, vibrant

  • The target vowel is the short "e" from the word hen.

  • The key word in this episode is hen.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Little Big Mouse

  • Gawain's Word: Two knights, "t" and "ickle" blend together to make the word "tickle." The silver knight then tickles the gold one with a feather duster.

  • The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: Dr. Ruth helps a monkey with another "long word freakout." The monkey has found himself stymied by the word "intelligent." She shows him how he can sound it out, so that it isn't so difficult to read.

  • The key word in this episode is little.

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