Interactive Vieweing: SUPER WHY & The Three Little Pigs

Each day of Reading Camp begins with an interactive viewing of the SUPER WHY episode of the week. That means that you and your campers won’t simply watch the episode, you’ll chime in with the songs, answers questions, and join the characters in solving the problems and saving the day. Young children are active learners—they learn best through play, exploration, and conversations with their teachers and fellow campers.


Take notes in your Learning Log as you watch the slideshow.
  1. How does Deborah prepare for Interactive Viewing?
  2. How does she help keep the campers engaged and actively learning?


The SUPER WHY television show invites young viewers to build their early reading skills by becoming part of the reading adventures. Here are some of the strategies Deborah uses to build enthusiasm, maintain focus, and get every child actively participating.

1. Involve campers right from the start.
  • Use SUPER WHY character pictures to introduce the characters. Engage your campers by encouraging them to share what they know about SUPER WHY.
  • Set a viewing focus: Ask kids to keep an eye out for the Super Reader of the day (on Day 1, Alpha Pig), and point out the character whenever he or she appears. This draws extra attention to the sections of the show that focus on the early literacy goal of the day (for Day 1, letter recognition).
2. Model interactive viewing.
  • Join your campers in watching and singing along with the songs, pointing to letters, and calling out answers. It’s more fun when the teacher plays along!
  • From time to time, ask kids to make predictions, for example: What do you think the wolf will do now?
  • At the end of the episode, have everyone join in the Hip Hip Hurray song and dance.
3. Discuss the story.

Use the questions in the Reading Camp Curriculum to deepen children’s understanding of the story and help them focus on the early literacy goal of the day: on Day 1—Alpha Pig’s letter identification skills.

4. Keep the energy flowing by getting into the action.

Join your campers in the fun. At the end of the discussion, hand out masks to the campers and transform yourselves into the Super Reader of the day: Alpha Pig to the rescue!

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

“We chose to cut out all of the masks in advance, including the eye holes, and we glued each mask to a jumbo-sized tongue depressor. When it came time to transform into each character, we simply passed out that mask, which the kids could hold with one hand in front of their face. They could use their other hand to put into the circle as directed.”
—Trista Peitzman, Johnston, Iowa

"Because the kids are so much a part of the action, there is not much challenge in keeping them engaged with the episode. Each day, we talk about what we are going to look for—the Super Reader of the day, of course, but also specific things that the character does.”
—Loretta Baker, Baltimore, Maryland

"Children really like the episode—even on the last day. They love knowing all the answers!"
-Kathy Smith, Toledo, Ohio


What are some techniques that you might use to keep kids actively engaged as they watch the episode? Write your ideas in your Learning Log.

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