Three of Sesame Street's most popular superstars are Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch.

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  • On November 10, 1969, Sesame Street aired for the first time. Using a combination of animation, puppets, and live actors, Sesame Street aims to stimulate children’s minds. The show teaches letter- and word-recognition, basic math, and problem-solving. It also helps children learn about safety, personal hygiene, healthy eating, and social skills.
    For more than 40 years, the adventures of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and their human friends have been delighting children, parents, and television critics. The show is not just entertainmentSesame Street is driven by research reflecting changes in children’s lifestyles, culture, and society.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    entertainment Noun

    performance or material produced to interest and amuse.

    research Noun

    scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.

    society Noun

    large community, linked through similarities or relationships.

    stimulate Verb

    to encourage someone or something to act or respond.