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Sesame Street
The Sign Language ABCs
Air date April 11, 2024
Season Season 54 (2023-2024)
Sponsors A, 3


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo sets up today's theme of the alphabet. He's surprised to hear that the Count enjoys the alphabet, but only because he can count the letters.
(First: Episode 5130)
SCENE 1 Cookie Monster is making alphabet-themed treats and decorations for Alphabet Day, but this year, Elmo has the most important job. He's gonna sing the alphabet song in front of everyone for the Alphabet Day celebration.

SCENE 1 cont'd Nina, Charlie, and Rosita arrive and introduce the monsters to their friend Mathis, whom everyone communicates with using their hands. Elmo asks why, and Mathis explains that they're speaking American Sign Language because he is deaf. Mathis' mom then explains to Elmo that she is not deaf but is interpreting. Rosita relates, as sometimes she interprets for her abuela, who mostly speaks Spanish. Elmo wonders if ASL has an alphabet, and Mathis signs each letter as Elmo sings the Alphabet Song. This gives Elmo the idea for him and Mathis to do the same thing at the Alphabet Day celebration. Mathis agrees, saying he's proud to be deaf and loves to share sign language. Elmo then learns how to sign "thank you." Mathis then teaches Cookie Monster how to sign his favorite letter.

SCENE 1 cont'd Alan then arrives with smoothies, signing "smoothies for everyone." Alan's ASL practice inspires Elmo to practice the language too. Mathis thanks Elmo, saying that when his friends learn ASL, it makes him feel like they all get to know him. Everyone then gets to decorating, and Elmo asks Mathis how he dances without hearing the music. Mathis explains that he feels the vibrations of the music. Mathis and Charlie then show Elmo dance moves they made up. This gives Elmo the idea to dance the Alphabet song, and Rosita suggests she play the guitar.
SCENE 1 cont'd The Alphabet song is performed--with Elmo, Nina, and Charlie's singing, Mathis, Nina, and Charlie's signing, and Rosita's guitar playing.
Insert Celebrating Me, Celebrating You, Celebrating Us
Savanna, who communicates in sign language, and her mom invite Aiden to color with them. Aiden doesn't speak sign language, so Savanna teaches him how to spell his name in sign language.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - A.
(First: Episode 5128)
Song A rap song identifies a word that each letter of the alphabet begins.
Cartoon "ABC Space Song"
(First: Episode 4322)
Muppets Elmo and Big Bird hear the sounds of the Foodie Truck approaching...
(First: Episode 5104)

Muppets Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
Estella loves the alphabet, so she orders Mexican alphabet soup (sopa de letras). Cookie Monster gets all the ingredients ready, but leaves out the alphabet pasta. Gonger gets mad, but Cookie reveals that he was just hiding the pasta and that they still have some. Gonger asks why he hid the pasta, and Cookie explains that it was so Gonger wouldn't notice he ate all the tomatoes. The two head to the tomato farm...
(First: Episode 5328)
Muppets Elmo and Abby pose as astronauts and sing about finding the number of the day by counting Martians. Today, there are 3.
(First: Episode 5102)
Nature Explorers Title Card

Cartoon Sesame Street Nature Explorers
Elmo, Tango, and Gabrielle look for things in nature that start with the same letter as their names. They find a turtle with the same starting letter as Tango and a gopher with the same starting letter as Gabrielle. They also find a worm, thinking it doesn't start with E, but Grandma Nell teaches them that the worm is an earthworm.
SCENE 2 Elmo and Charlie sign off.


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