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Exterior shot of Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School.

Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School is the elementary school that Roosevelt Franklin attended. Sometimes, Roosevelt would sneak into a class when the teacher wasn't around and teach the class himself.

Roosevelt's classmates/pupils included Hardhead Henry Harris, Smart Tina, Suzetta Something, and Baby Breeze. All of these characters were voiced by the same actors who played the adults on Sesame Street.

The blackboard background used in these skits was recycled for the song "Sound It Out."

Picture EKA Description
Roosevelt.POISON
Episode 0514 Poison

Roosevelt spells out the word POISON and explains what it means.

Noimage
Episode 0515 Pride

Roosevelt tells the class that they themselves are as great as anybody can be.

RFES-UpDown
Episode 0518 Up and Down

Roosevelt has his students stand up and sit down to learn about the opposites.

RFESTraffic
Episode 0517 Traffic

Roosevelt has Baby Breeze teach the class about traffic. Smart Tina thinks all one has to do is look at the traffic lights, but Baby Breeze tells her one should also look out for cars.

MortyMootMope
Episode 0534 Morty Moot Mope

Roosevelt Franklin tells the story of an old king named Morty Moot Mope, from the kingdom of Boebitty Bope, who loves to hear words that sound the same. Morty has trouble finding words that rhyme with his name, so he calls upon Same Sound Brown to do it.
Publication: Sesame Street Unpaved ("Same Sound Brown" portion of poem)

RFES-HighLow
Episode 0535 High and Low

Roosevelt teaches the class the difference between high and low.

RFESBornaDuck
Episode 0592 To Be Born a Duck

With the class singing along (and Hardhead Henry Harris providing a snare beat on his desk), Roosevelt teaches a story about pride in oneself. The story involves a duck who is told by a chicken that it's "bad luck to be born a duck," because a duck can't cluck or do anything a chicken can do. It's not until the duck learns that he can swim that he realizes it's "good luck to be born a duck."
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Rooseveltafrica
Episode 0666 Africa

Roosevelt talks to his class about Africa. Smart Tina thinks that Africa is just a big jungle, because she's seen it that way in Tarzan movies. Roosevelt corrects her; only a small portion of Africa is a jungle. Africa also has cities and deserts and lakes. Hard Head Henry Harris compares Africa to Smart Tina.
Video: Old School: Volume 2 (2007)

Noimage
Episode 0707 Black History

Roosevelt Franklin talks to his class about some of the great black people in history.

Rooseveltdoghouse
Episode 0735 Doghouse

Using pictures on the blackboard, Roosevelt Franklin tells the class a story about two little dogs who find a big ol' bone in a doghouse. They try to take the bone, but it turns out that it belongs to a big, mean dog, who chases them away. The moral of the story: "If something's not yours, leave it alone; could be a big ol' dog in the doghouse."

RFES-Poems
Episode 0744 Poems

The students recite poems about things they had to practice at.


Publication: Sesame Street Unpaved (Hardhead Henry Harris, Baby Breeze, and Smart Tina's poems)

RF loudsoft
Episode 0796 Loud and Soft

Roosevelt makes sure the class knows the difference between loud and soft. "Don't tell me I can't teach."
Video: Old School: Volume 2 (2007)
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (2009, ending cut)

Suzettaupset
Episode 0815 Hurt Feelings

Roosevelt finds that Suzetta is upset, because Hardhead Henry Harris called her a cantaloupe head. Roosevelt tells her that when you're upset with someone, you should tell them how you feel. He negotiates a peace settlement.

RFESExercise
Exercise

Roosevelt instructs the class in an exercise: "Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up, sit down! (Outta sight!)"

RFESHereThere
Here and There

Roosevelt Franklin teahces the class the difference between "here" and "there". He demonstrates by having a letter for Hardhead Henry Harris (here), and delivering it to him (over there), with Smart Tina portraying a mailbox, and Baby Breeze taking it to him. Upon reading the letter, Harris is insulted and chases Roosevelt.
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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