Bertram Poppingstock in the Classroom
The five-episode series, Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver, follows the adventures of this ‘know-it-all’ character as he battles grammar and spelling challenges in an effort to save the world. While his quirky nature is entertaining and humorous to viewers, the series cleverly addresses several key learning areas in grammar, vocabulary and spelling throughout each episode and covers multiple curriculum codes.
Season One of Bertram Poppingstock is available to watch now on ClickView and has been one of ClickView’s most popular video titles amongst educators and students across Australia. In fact, we are proud to say that the series will be screened on ABC 3, starting 27th May 2016.
Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver is part of our Secondary Curriculum Library.
- Library: Secondary
- Audience: Junior - Middle Secondary (Year 7-10)
- Rating: E
- Subject: English
- Release Date: Term 1, 2015
- Produced: Australia
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Improving Your Reading Vocabulary
When Bertram’s nemesis Sir Professor Teacher plants a bomb in the school’s boiler system, it’s up to Bertram and his favourite customer Polly to use their knowledge of vocabulary and reading strategies in order to make sense of a partly burned instruction manual. Knowing about synonyms, morphemes, word families and context has never been more important!
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Improving Your Writing Vocabulary
Bertram is invited to his former school to make a speech about improving vocabulary when writing. But when his most loyal customer Polly and his robot sidekick Vocab-Bot find him in a trance induced by the diabolical Sir Professor Teacher, they have to follow the strategies in Bertram’s speech to break the spell. Will the effects of vocabulary choices on writing style, specificity and purpose be enough to reboot his mind?
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Basic Spelling Rules
Sir Professor Teacher has taken the internet hostage and Bertram has to complete a series of complex spelling challenges to stop him from shutting it down. Along the way Bertram relies on helpful spelling rules for vowel pairs, suffixes, compound words and syllables. There are always exceptions to the rule though!
Spelling for Effect
Bertram’s video blog about spelling for humour and characterisation doesn’t seem very popular – until one of his fans invites him to do a stand-up comedy routine! But when Bertram goes missing, his friends Polly and Vocab-bot must follow his trail of spelling corrections around the city to find him. Can oxymoron, malapropism and eye dialect really lead them to Bertram – and why can’t Vocab-Bot stop laughing?
Applying Spelling Rules
Engrossed in solving a crossword puzzle, Bertram fails to notice when the evil Sir Professor Teacher kidnaps his loyal customer Polly. Forced to participate in a Deadly Spelling Bee to save her, Bertram has to rely on his knowledge of word patterns, acrostics, and word origins to solve the toughest of spelling challenges. Will Sir Professor Teacher finally fail Bertram – or will Polly’s helpful tips save him from total spelling humiliation?
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