Transcript: Geometric Structures | Mar 26, 1999

(music plays)

The opening slate pops up with a countdown timer from 5 seconds and the title “TVO’s Virtual Classroom. Get connected.”
The “V” in “Virtual” is a tick, the “A” in “classroom” is an at sign with an extended loop that turns into a power cord with a plug at the end, and the first “O” in “classroom” is a spinning globe.

When the countdown finishes, a female teacher appears on screen. She is in her thirties, with short brown hair and bangs. She’s wearing glasses, earrings and a black T-shirt under a brown shirt.

She says GOOD MORNING.
WELCOME TO THE
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
I'D LIKE TO START OFF
BY THANKING STEWART
FOR TAKING OVER THE
CLASS LAST WEEK
WHEN I WASN'T
ABLE TO BE HERE.
I HEAR YOU HAD A
LOT OF FUN WITH HIM.
I'M REALLY EXCITED BECAUSE
YOU FAXED ME SOME STUFF.
I'VE GOT SOME SORTING RULES
YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON
FOR THE LAST LITTLE WHILE.
AND I WANT TO START BY
SHOWING SOME OF THOSE.
SO I'M GOING TO
CALL SOME PEOPLE
WHO SENT ME
SORTING RULES.
I'VE GOT THREE,
ACTUALLY, TODAY,
FROM ELGIN AVENUE
PUBLIC SCHOOL.
SO I'M GOING TO PHONE
THE FIRST PERSON.
AND I'M CALLING ALANA.
AND I'M GOING TO SHOW
ALANA - OOPS, I'M SORRY,
I'VE PUSHED THE
WRONG BUTTON THERE.

A sheet of paper pops up. It reads “Name: Alana. Elgin Avenue. Structures at home. Structures you can sit on. Structures you can’t sit on.” Under those labels, some drawings appear in boxes.

She continues I WANT THAT CAMERA THERE.
AND ALANA, WHEN YOU HEAR
YOUR PHONE RINGING.
PICK IT UP RIGHT AWAY.
HI, IS THIS ALANA?
HELLO.

She speaks with a spectator via a telephone conversation.

Alana says HI.

She says HI, ALANA.
HOW ARE YOU TODAY?
CAN YOU HEAR ME?

Alana says GOOD.

She says GOOD.
THIS IS YOUR STRUCTURES,
SORTING STRUCTURES PAGE.
CAN YOU SEE THAT OKAY ON TV?

Alana says YES.

She says CAN YOU TELL US WHAT
THIS ONE HERE IS
THAT YOU CAN'T SIT ON?

Alana says STOVE.

She says WHY NOT?

Alana says BECAUSE YOU CAN
BURN YOUR BUM.

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
YOU CAN BURN YOUR BUM.
THAT'S NOT VERY GOOD, IS IT?
BUT YOU CAN SIT ON THIS ONE.
WHAT'S THAT ONE?
DO YOU REMEMBER?

Alana says CARPET.

She says CARPET.
IT'S NICE TO SIT
ON THE CARPET.
THANKS VERY MUCH, ALANA,
FOR SENDING THAT IN.
I'M GOING TO CALL
SOMEONE ELSE NOW.
I'M CALLING MASON.
LET'S SEE WHAT
MASON HAS ON HIS.
OKAY, I'M CALLING MASON.
SO WHEN THE PHONE RINGS,
MASON, PICK IT RIGHT UP.
HI, MASON.

She shows the same sheet of paper but with Mason’s responses.

Mason says HI.

She says HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

Mason says GOOD.

She says OKAY, I'VE GOT YOUR
STRUCTURES AT HOME.
STRUCTURES YOU CAN SIT ON.
LET'S SEE.
WHAT'S THAT ONE
AT THE BOTTOM?
DO YOU REMEMBER?
CAN YOU SEE IT?
IT'S A COUCH, THAT'S RIGHT.
AND LET'S SEE, WHAT
CAN'T YOU SIT ON?
WHAT'S THIS ONE HERE?
REMEMBER?

Mason says A WINDOW.

She sits HOW COME YOU CAN'T
SIT ON A WINDOW?

Mason says BECAUSE IT WOULD BREAK.

She says IT WOULD BREAK.
IT'S MADE OF GLASS.
IT'S NOT VERY GOOD FOR
SITTING ON, IS IT?
NO, THAT'S RIGHT.
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO
CALL SOMEBODY ELSE NOW.
BECAUSE I'VE GOT ONE MORE.
AND THIS ONE IS FROM
ALEX AT ELGIN AVENUE.
SO WHEN ALEX HEARS
THE PHONE RING,
PICK IT UP RIGHT AWAY.
HELLO, ALEX.
HI.
HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

Alex says GOOD.

She says LET'S LOOK AT YOUR
WORK YOU SENT IN.
CAN YOU SIT ON -
WHAT'S THIS ONE?

Mason says A FENCE.

She says YOU CAN SIT ON A FENCE.
DO YOU KNOW THERE'S
AN EXPRESSION ABOUT
SITTING ON A FENCE?

Mason says YEAH.

She says WHAT IS IT?
WHAT'S THE EXPRESSION?

Mason says I DON'T KNOW.

She says WELL, YOU KNOW
WHAT THEY SAY,
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE
UP YOUR MIND,
IF YOU CAN'T DECIDE WHETHER
YOU WANT THE CHOCOLATE OR
THE CANDY CANE, THEN YOU
ARE SITTING ON THE FENCE,
'COS YOU CAN'T DECIDE WHICH
SIDE OF THE FENCE TO GO TO.
BUT LET'S LOOK AT
YOUR OTHER PICTURES.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT HERE?
YOU CAN'T SIT ON, WHAT'S
THIS ONE DOWN HERE?

Mason says AN ORANGE.

She says AN ORANGE, YOU'RE RIGHT.
THAT'S NOT A VERY GOOD
PLACE TO SIT, IS IT?
I KNOW BECAUSE I TRIED
SITTING ON AN APPLE
A WHILE AGO, AND IT WASN'T
VERY COMFORTABLE.
She smiles and continues THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR
SENDING IN YOUR WORK.
THAT'S GREAT.
AND DON'T FORGET ALWAYS TO
KEEP SENDING ME YOUR STUFF
'COS I LIKE TO SEE IT
AND SHOW IT ON TV
SO EVERYBODY
ELSE CAN SEE IT.
TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO BE
TALKING ABOUT SHAPES, OKAY?
VARIOUS DIFFERENT SHAPES.
AND WHAT I WANT TO DO WAS
START BY SHOWING YOU A SHAPE
AND SEE IF YOU CAN
GUESS WHAT THIS IS.
I'VE COLOURED IT ALL
WHITE, THIS THING.
AND IF YOU THINK YOU
CAN GUESS WHAT IT IS,
I WANT YOU TO CALL RIGHT
AWAY AND TELL ME
WHAT YOU THINK IT IS.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
AND CALL AND TELL ME IF YOU
THINK YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS.
LET'S SEE.

Against a bright blue background, a white road sign appears.

She continues OKAY, I'VE GOT SOMEBODY
CALLING ME ALREADY.
SO I'M GOING TO START
CALLING YOU BACK.
CAN I PUT MYSELF
IN A PIP?
THANK YOU.

She appears on a small window at the right bottom of the screen.

She continues OKAY, PICK UP YOUR PHONE
WHEN YOU HEAR IT RING.
I'M CALLING SOMEBODY AT
SAINT JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL.
IS THIS DEAN?

Dean says YEAH.

She says HI, DEAN.
SO WHAT DO YOU
THINK THAT IS?

Dean says STOP SIGN.

She says A STOP SIGN.
HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Dean says BECAUSE IT'S SHAPED -
BECAUSE IT IS A HEXAGON
WITH A STICK.

She says RIGHT.
IT'S A HEXAGON, AND STOP
SIGNS ARE HEXAGONS.
WELL, LET'S SEE IF
DEAN IS CORRECT.
WE'LL GO TO THE
NEXT PICTURE
AND SEE IF THAT'S
A STOP SIGN.
IT'S A STOP SIGN.
YOU'RE RIGHT.

The sign changes to red with white letters on it that read “STOP.”

She continues VERY GOOD GUESSING.
THAT'S EXCELLENT.

Dean says I KNOW I AM.

She says YEAH.
WAY TO GO, DEAN.
THANKS.
AND GUESS WHAT?
THERE ARE OTHER SHAPES LIKE
THAT THAT TELL US THINGS
WITHOUT US EVEN
HAVING TO KNOW.
SO WE CAN USE ALL KINDS OF
SIGNS USE SHAPES TO TELL US
WHERE TO GO, OR WHAT TO DO.
LIKE A STOP SIGN
TELLS US TO STOP.
SO EVEN IF IT'S DARK OUT
AND WE CAN'T REALLY READ IT
PROPERLY, OR IF WE WERE IN
ANOTHER COUNTRY AND IT WAS
A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, WE'D
STILL KNOW WE HAVE TO STOP
BECAUSE IT'S RED,
AND IT'S A HEXAGON,
AND THAT MEANS STOP.
LET'S LOOK AT ANOTHER ONE
AND SEE IF YOU CAN CALL
AND TELL ME WHAT
THIS SHAPE MEANS.
SO CALL ME IF YOU KNOW
WHAT THAT SHAPE IS.

In a blue background, a white square shows a woman stick figure.

She continues HMM, WHAT DOES THIS SHAPE
TELL US WHEN WE SEE IT?
OKAY, I'M GOING TO
CALL SOMEBODY BACK.
I'VE GOT SOME CALLS NOW.
LET'S SEE.
I'M CALLING SOMEBODY
AT OSBORNE SCHOOL.
HI, IS THIS COURTNEY?

Courtney says YEAH.

She says HI, COURTNEY.
WHAT DOES THAT SHAPE
MEAN WHEN YOU SEE IT?
SPEAK UP SO WE
CAN HEAR YOU.

Courtney says WASHROOM.

She says IT TELLS YOU
THAT'S THE WASHROOM.
WHICH WASHROOM IS IT,
THE BOYS OR THE GIRLS?

Courtney says GIRLS.

She says AND HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Courtney says BECAUSE IT HAS
A GIRL ON IT.

She says YEAH BECAUSE THIS ONE
HAS, LET'S LOOK,
IT HAS A SKIRT, RIGHT?
AND GIRLS WEAR SKIRTS.
NOT ALL THE TIME,
BUT SOMETIMES
GIRLS WEAR SKIRTS.

Using the mouse, she draws a skirt on the figure.

She continues THAT'S RIGHT.
SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE
CAN USE TO TELL US
WHERE WE SHOULD GO.
SO IF WE HAVE TO
GO TO THE BATHROOM,
THEN WE KNOW WHETHER WE
GO TO THE ONE WITH THE
LITTLE BOY ON IT,
OR THE LITTLE GIRL.
THAT'S GREAT.
NOW, THERE ARE OTHER
KINDS OF SHAPES THAT
WE USE ALL THE
TIME, OKAY?
AND LET ME
JUST DO THAT.
SORRY.
THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER
DIFFERENT SHAPES
THAT TELL US
DIFFERENT THINGS.
NOW, STRUCTURES HAVE SHAPES
FOR SPECIFIC REASONS, OKAY?
SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT
SOME STRUCTURES AND SEE
WHY WOULD A STRUCTURE
HAVE A SHAPE?
THOSE WERE PICTURES OR
SIGNS THAT HAVE SHAPES
TO TELL US SOMETHING.
BUT STRUCTURES HAVE
SHAPES FOR ALL KINDS
OF DIFFERENT REASONS.
SO LET'S LOOK AT THIS
STRUCTURE FIRST,
AND SEE WHY IT WOULD
HAVE THIS SHAPE.

A colourful drawing of a detached house with a chimney and a front garden appears.

She continues LOOK AT THE ROOF
ON THIS HOUSE.
WHAT SHAPE IS THAT?
LET ME DRAW THAT
WITH THE SKETCH PAD.
I'LL DRAW WHAT I
THINK THE SHAPE IS.

She draws a triangle.

She continues LOOK AT THAT ROOF.
SOMEONE'S CALLING ME.
I HOPE THEY ARE GOING TO
TELL ME WHAT SHAPE THAT IS.
LOOK AT THAT SHAPE.
AND ALL OF YOU THINK
ABOUT WHY WOULD A HOUSE
HAVE A ROOF THAT'S
THAT SHAPE?
WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON?
WHY WOULD A HOUSE HAVE
A SHAPE LIKE THAT?

A girl says BECAUSE SO THE HOUSE COULD
STAY UP, AND IT COULD,
LIKE, SO IT COULD LIKE,
UM, IT'S HARD TO...

She says HARD TO EXPLAIN,
ISN'T IT?
THINK ABOUT THIS.

She draws short dashed lines above the roof.

She continues WHAT'S THIS COMING DOWN?
THIS IS RAIN, OKAY?

The girl says OH, THE ROOF, SO THEN
THE WATER GOES DOWN.

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
SO IF IT RAINS, OR THIS
COULD BE SNOW, TOO,
COULDN'T IT?
AND WHERE DOES IT GO?
IT GOES OFF THE
SIDE LIKE THAT.

The girl says YEAH, OFF THE ROOF
AND ONTO THE GROUND.

She says ISN'T THAT GREAT?
NOW, IF YOU HAD A FLAT ROOF,
YOU'D GET A BIG PILE
OF SNOW UP THERE MAYBE IN
THE WINTER, WOULDN'T YOU?

The girl says YUP.

She says SO THAT'S WHY A HOUSE
WOULD HAVE - OOPS,
I'VE GOT AN ARROW ON ME.
THAT'S WHY A HOUSE
WOULD HAVE A ROOF
THAT'S A TRIANGLE, RIGHT?
THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
NOW, I'M GOING TO
SHOW YOU A VIDEO CLIP.
AND I WANT YOU TO
THINK AT WHAT SHAPE -
THIS PERSON IS
MAKING SOMETHING.
AND I WANT YOU TO THINK
ABOUT WHAT SHAPE THIS
THING IS PROBABLY GOING TO
BE WHEN IT'S - OKAY,
SO YOU HAVE TO PREDICT.
YOU HAVE TO PREDICT WHAT
SHAPE THIS THING THAT THIS
PERSON IS MAKING IS GOING
TO BE WHEN IT IS FINISHED.
AND LET'S START
THAT VIDEO.
TAKE A LOOK.
NOW, WATCH CAREFULLY.
I'LL PAUSE IT IN THE
MIDDLE SO YOU CAN SEE
WHAT'S HAPPENING.
OKAY, HERE WE GO.

A clip plays.

A man wearing glasses models an object using a potter's wheel.

She says WHAT SHAPE DO YOU THINK?
IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT
SHAPE IT'S GOING TO BE
WHEN IT'S FINISHED,
YOU CALL ME.
AND THINK ABOUT WHY
IS IT THAT SHAPE?
LET'S PAUSE IT AGAIN.

The clip ends.

She continues I'VE GOT A CALL
FROM SOMEBODY,
SO I'M GOING TO
CALL THEM BACK.
LET IT RUN AGAIN
FOR A SECOND.
I'M CALLING SOMEBODY
FROM SAINT JOHN BREBEUF.
I'M CALLING DYLAN.
IS DYLAN THERE?

Dylan says YES.

She continues WHAT SHAPE DO YOU
THINK THAT THING IS
THAT MAN IS MAKING?
WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE
WHEN IT IS FINISHED?

Dylan says UM, A CIRCLE?

She says A CIRCLE.
YEAH, WHY DO YOU THINK
IT'S GOING TO BE A CIRCLE?

Dylan says BECAUSE HE HAS HIS
HANDS AROUND THE SIDES,
AND WHILE IT IS SPINNING,
HE IS PUSHING THE SIDES,
AND IT'S MAKING
A ROUND SHAPE.

She says VERY GOOD.
THAT'S RIGHT.
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN YOU DO THAT.
THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING.
LET'S WATCH IT FOR
ANOTHER SECOND AND SEE
IF WE CAN SEE
MORE ABOUT THAT.
SEE, THE WHEEL IS
SPINNING AROUND,
AND THAT MEANS WHAT THE
SHAPE IS HE'S MAKING
IT TURNS OUT TO
BE A CIRCLE.
ISN'T THAT INTERESTING?
MAYBE WE CAN JUST
STOP THAT, AND WE'LL
GO BACK TO THE CAMERA.
OKAY, NOW, THAT'S REALLY
NEAT BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES
BOWLS TURN OUT TO
BE ROUND BECAUSE
THEY ARE MADE ON
A WHEEL.
NOW, WE DON'T MAKE
THEM ALL ON A WHEEL,
BUT WE STILL
MAKE THEM ROUND,
MAYBE BECAUSE WE
GOT USED TO THEM.
A SQUARE BOWL WOULD BE
HARD TO GET YOUR CEREAL
OUT OF IN THE MORNING,
WOULDN'T IT?
NOW, I WANT YOU TO THINK
ABOUT SOME OTHER SHAPES.
I'VE GOT DAVID ON
THE PHONE HERE.
I'M GOING TO CALL DAVID
AT ELGIN AVENUE SCHOOL.
AND THINK ABOUT THIS.
A CLOCK, OKAY?
LET'S LOOK AT MY WATCH
UNDER THE GRAPHIC'S CAMERA.
HI, IS DAVID THERE?

David says YES.

She says HI, DAVID, HOW ARE YOU?

David says GOOD.

She says OKAY.
LET'S LOOK AT MY WATCH.
WHAT SHAPE IS MY WATCH?
THE FACE?

David says A CIRCLE.

She says IT'S A CIRCLE.
WHY DO YOU THINK A WATCH
WOULD HAVE A CIRCLE FACE?
ANY IDEA?

David says I DON'T KNOW.

Using a pen, she points to the watch and continues She says OKAY, CAN YOU SEE
THIS LITTLE HAND?
WHAT'S IT DOING?

David says GOING AROUND.

She says IT'S GOING AROUND.
AND WHAT SHAPE DOES IT
MAKE AS IT GOES AROUND?

David says A CIRCLE.

She says IT MAKES A CIRCLE.
SO IT MAKES SENSE TO
HAVE A CIRCLE AS A WATCH,
DOESN'T IT?
LET'S DRAW THIS OUT HERE.
WHAT IF I HAD
A SQUARE WATCH?
WHAT IF I HAD
A SQUARE WATCH?
WOULD I USE ANY OF
THIS SPACE IN HERE?

David says NO.

She says NO, I DON'T
NEED THAT, DO I?
SO THAT WOULD
BE WASTED SPACE.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
SOMETIMES WE DO MAKE SQUARE
WATCHES JUST 'COS WE LIKE
THE SHAPE, BUT WE DON'T
NEED THEM TO BE SQUARE.
MAKES MORE SENSE TO HAVE
THEM BE ROUND, DOESN'T IT?
BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY
THE HANDS ON OUR WATCH
GO AROUND, OR OUR CLOCKS.
BUT SOMETIMES WE DO MAKE
THEM SQUARE JUST BECAUSE
WE LIKE IT THAT WAY.
SO THERE LOTS OF REASONS
FOR MAKING A STRUCTURE
THE SHAPE IT IS.
A HOUSE ROOF IS A
TRIANGLE BECAUSE THAT
MAKES THE SNOW - SO
THE PURPOSE OF IT,
OR THE JOB OF THE ROOF
IS TO KEEP THE SNOW
AND THE RAIN OFF SO
IT'S A TRIANGLE.
THE POTTER MAKES
THE POT ON A WHEEL.
SO THE POT TURNS OUT TO BE
ROUND BECAUSE OF THE WAY
THAT IT IS MADE, ALL RIGHT?
AND THE WATCH IS
ALSO ROUND BECAUSE
OF THE PURPOSE; THE
HANDS GO AROUND.
AND WE DON'T WANT TO
WASTE THE EXTRA MATERIAL
ON SOMETHING WE'RE
NOT GOING TO USE.
BUT WE COULD MAKE IT
SQUARE IF HE WANTED JUST
BECAUSE WE LIKE
IT THAT WAY.
SO THERE ARE LOTS OF
REASONS WHY STRUCTURES
CAN BE DIFFERENT SHAPES.
IT'S PRETTY NEAT.
NOW, WE'RE GOING TO DO
SOMETHING ELSE NOW.
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS
I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU
A STRUCTURE, AND
I WANT YOU TO,
WE'RE GOING TO DO MULTIPLE
CHOICE QUESTIONS.
REMEMBER HOW TO DO THAT?
DON'T DO IT RIGHT YET, BUT
YOU'RE GOING TO PICK UP
YOUR PHONE AND PRESS A NUMBER
THAT IS THE SHAPE
THAT YOU THINK YOU SEE
IN THIS STRUCTURE.
SO I'LL SHOW YOU
SOME SHAPES HERE
UNDER THE GRAPHIC'S CAMERA.
I'VE GOT SOME SHAPES, AND
YOU PICK THE ONE YOU THINK
YOU SEE IN THE STRUCTURE.
NOW, DON'T DO IT YET
BECAUSE IF YOU DO IT YET,
I'M NOT READY, RIGHT?
OKAY, LET'S SEE WHICH
ONE WE WILL START WITH.
LET'S GET THE QUESTION READY
SO I CAN SEE WHICH ONE
I AM GOING TO DO FIRST.
HMM, OKAY.
I'M GOING TO DO, OH,
DID YOU SEE THAT ONE?
ALL RIGHT, SO
YOU LOOK AT THIS,
AND PICK THE NUMBER
THAT YOU THINK
YOU SEE IN THIS STRUCTURE.
SO YOU PICK UP YOUR
PHONE, PRESS THE NUMBER.

She places a roll of toilet paper on a blue sheet of paper. A triangle reads “1,” a circle reads “2” and a square reads “3.”

She continues THINK CAREFULLY.
WHAT SHAPE DO YOU SEE
IN THAT STRUCTURE?
IS IT NUMBER 1, A TRIANGLE?
NUMBER 2, A CIRCLE?
OR NUMBER 3, A SQUARE?
THIS IS NOT A CALL IN.
REMEMBER, YOU JUST
PICK UP YOUR PHONE
AND PRESS THE NUMBER.
NOT #9.
JUST PRESS THE NUMBER OF
THE ANSWER: 1, 2, OR 3.
SO WHAT SHAPE DO YOU
SEE IN THAT STRUCTURE?
I THINK I'VE GOT ALMOST
EVERYBODY HAS ANSWERED.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT OUR RESPONSE.

A bar graphics appears. A green bar reads “1,” a purple bar reads “35” and a blue bar reads “2.”

She continues ALL RIGHT, SO ALMOST
EVERYBODY HAS SAID
NUMBER 2, WHICH IS CIRCLE.
LET'S SEE WHAT I
THOUGHT THE ANSWER WAS.

A caption reads “Correct answer: 2.”

She continues I THOUGHT THE ANSWER WAS
ALSO, NUMBER 2, CIRCLE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.
WHAT IS THAT?
IT'S A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER.
OKAY, LET ME CALL SOMEBODY
WHO GOT THE RIGHT ANSWER.
OR WHO SAID NUMBER 2.
YOU KNOW, WHEN
WE WERE SORTING,
WE FOUND LOTS OF TIMES WE
HAD MORE THAN ONE ANSWER,
AND SOMETIMES TODAY
WE'LL HAVE MORE THAN
ONE ANSWER ALSO.
LET ME CALL SOMEBODY.
OKAY, I'M GOING TO CALL
SOMEBODY AT OSBORNE SCHOOL
WHO SAID THIS WAS A SCHOOL.
I WANT EVERYBODY TO
THINK ABOUT WHY WOULD
A ROLL OF TOILET
PAPER BE ROUND?
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT
ABOUT THAT BEFORE?
THERE'S GOT TO BE A REASON.
WE DON'T MAKE THINGS THIS
SHAPE FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
HI, CHARLIE.

Charlie says HI.

She says HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Charlie says GOOD.

She says GOOD.
WHY DO YOU THINK A ROLL OF
TOILET PAPER WOULD BE ROUND,
A CIRCLE?

Charlie says SO YOU CAN GET
THE PAPER OFF.

She says SO YOU CAN GET
THE PAPER OFF.
'COS YOU PUT IT
ON A STICK, RIGHT?
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
IT HANGS THERE.
AND THEN YOU CAN PULL IT.
AND IT ROLLS
EASILY, DOESN'T IT?
THAT'S THE NICE THING AT
THINGS THAT ARE ROUND,
IS THEY ROLL EASILY.
I'M GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY
ELSE AND SEE IF THEY CAN
TELL ME SOMETHING
ELSE THAT'S ROUND.
LET'S SEE IF I'VE GOT
SOMEBODY FROM...
HEY, WHERE DID
MY LIST GO?
OKAY, SORRY, I'VE
JUST LOST MY LIST.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S
HAPPENED TO ME.
I'LL GO TO THIS ONE.
OH, HERE WE GO.
I LOST SOME PEOPLE THERE.
OKAY, HERE WE GO.
SORRY ABOUT THAT.
I LOST SOME PEOPLE
FOR A SECOND,
BUT I FOUND YOU AGAIN.
I'M CALLING SOMEBODY
FROM ST. JOHN BREBEUF.
MARTINA, ARE YOU THERE?

Martina says YEAH.

She says HI, MARTINA.
THINK OF ANOTHER
STRUCTURE THAT'S ROUND
THAT ROLLS EASILY?
SOMETHING ROUND.
I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT.
CAN YOU SEE THAT IN
THE BOTTOM CORNER?
WHAT'S THAT?

She spins a small pink cart toy wheel.

Martina says A WHEEL.

She says A WHEEL IS ALSO ROUND
AND IT ROLLS EASILY.
SO THINGS THAT ARE ROUND,
OFTEN THEY ARE ROUND
BECAUSE THEY ROLL
EASILY, OKAY?
NOW, THIS IS AN INTERESTING
THING ABOUT THIS ROLL
OF TOILET PAPER IS THAT,
NOT ONLY IS IT ROUND,
BUT THE STUFF THAT'S ON
IT, WHAT SHAPE IS THAT?

She tears a piece of the toilet paper.

She continues IT'S SQUARE.
SO WE'VE GOT ALL KINDS OF
DIFFERENT SHAPES HAPPENING
WITH THIS ROLL
OF TOILET PAPER.
OKAY, LET'S DO ANOTHER
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION,
ALL RIGHT?
NOW, REMEMBER, MULTIPLE
CHOICE QUESTION.
ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO
IS PRESS THE NUMBER
THAT YOU THINK IS
THE RIGHT ANSWER.
NOW, YOU CAN'T START
PRESSING YET BECAUSE
YOU HAVEN'T SEEN
THE QUESTION.
SO HANG ON FOR
ONE SECOND.
NOW, LET'S SEE, WHICH
SHAPE AM I GOING TO USE?
OKAY, LET'S LOOK
AT THIS ONE HERE.
WE MAY HAVE TO BACK
UP A LITTLE BIT THERE.
THANK YOU.

A red hanger sits on a blue sheet of paper. A triangle reads “1,” a circle reads “2” and a square reads “3.”

She continues WHAT SHAPE DO YOU
SEE IN THAT HANGER?
WHAT SHAPE IS IN THERE?
PRESS THE NUMBER
THAT YOU THINK
HAS THE CORRECT
SHAPE IN IT.
1 IF YOU SEE A TRIANGLE,
2 IF YOU SEE A CIRCLE,
OR 3 IF YOU SEE A SQUARE.
OKAY, LOTS OF PEOPLE
ARE ANSWERING.
OKAY, I THINK WE'VE GOT
EVERYBODY ANSWERED.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT THE RESULTS.

The bar graphics appears. The green bar reads “31,” the purple bar reads “3” and the blue bar reads “4.”

She continues WOW, ALMOST EVERYBODY
ANSWERED 1.
SEE THAT?
ALMOST EVERYBODY
ANSWERED ONE.
AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME
OTHER SHAPES IN THERE,
BUT LET'S CALL SOMEBODY WHO
ANSWERED 1 AND FIND OUT -
OH, ACTUALLY,
YOU KNOW WHAT,
I'M NOT GOING TO CALL
ANYBODY THIS TIME BECAUSE
I'VE HEARD THAT WE'RE
RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
BUT I WANT TO SHOW
YOU SOMETHING.
WHY WOULD SOMETHING
HAVE A TRIANGLE IN IT?
WELL, THIS IS A HANGER.
IT HAS TO BE PRETTY
STRONG, DOESN'T IT,
TO HOLD THINGS UP.
I WANT TO JUST SHOW
YOU WHAT I MADE.
I MADE A SQUARE OUT
OF TONGUE DEPRESSORS.
YOU KNOW THOSE THINGS THE
DOCTOR STICKS IN YOUR MOUTH
AND MAKES YOU GO AH?
WELL, I MADE A SQUARE.
She shakes it and continues LOOK HOW FLOPPY
THAT SQUARE IS.
IT'S NOT VERY STURDY, IS IT?
BUT LOOK, I MADE A
TRIANGLE THE SAME WAY,
WITH THE SAME CONNECTIONS,
AND LOOK HOW STURDY THAT IS.
LET'S LOOK UNDER THE
GRAPHIC'S CAMERA.
I'LL GET RID OF THIS.
SEE, YOU'VE GOT
A FLOPPY SQUARE,
OR YOU'VE GOT A VERY
STRONG, STURDY TRIANGLE.
AND THAT'S SOMETIMES WHY
STRUCTURES ARE MADE TO BE
TRIANGLES BECAUSE A TRIANGLE
IS A VERY STURDY SHAPE.
NOW, WE'RE GOING TO
BREAK FOR A MINUTE.
YOU'VE GOT SOME SHAPES IN
YOUR CLASSROOM WITH YOU.

She grabs some small paper shapes. They are a pink triangle, a pink circle and a white square.

She continues AND WE ARE GOING TO BREAK
FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES.
AND YOU ARE GOING TO GO
AROUND AND FIND SOME
STRUCTURES IN YOUR
CLASSROOM THAT HAVE
THESE SHAPES IN THEM.
SOMETIMES THE WHOLE
STRUCTURE WILL BE THIS
SHAPE, AND SOMETIMES ONLY
PART OF THE STRUCTURE.
NOW, YOU HAVE TO BE
CAREFUL BECAUSE WE'RE
NOT LOOKING FOR PATTERNS.
SO IF YOU'VE GOT A
PATTERN ON YOUR SHIRT,
IF YOU'VE GOT A PICTURE
OF SOMETHING AND IT HAS
A TRIANGLE, THAT'S NOT REALLY
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE
STRUCTURE ITSELF.
LIKE MY BUTTON
IS A STRUCTURE.
AND IT IS ROUND, RIGHT?
SAME SHAPE AS THAT.
SO OKAY, SO YOU GO NOW AND
WHEN YOU FIND A STRUCTURE
THAT HAS A SHAPE IN
IT THAT YOU'VE GOT,
YOU GO AND TELL YOUR
TEACHER AND THEY'LL
PUT IT ON THE LIST.
AND WHEN WE ARE
ALL FINISHED,
THE REPORTERS
WILL DIAL ME, #9,
AND WE'LL COME
BACK TOGETHER.
I'LL SEE YOU IN
FIVE MINUTES.

A slate appears on screen. It reads “Brainstorm Break: Find structures in the room that contain your geometric shape. List them on the chart paper. Have your Reporter dial pound 9 when you are finished.”

She continues HI, EVERYBODY.
I JUST WANTED TO LET
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE
ABOUT ONE MORE MINUTE,
THEN, WE'RE
GOING TO STOP.
SO SOON AS YOUR
CLASS IS READY,
HAVE YOUR REPORTER
DIAL IN #9.
SEE YOU SOON.
OKAY, WE'RE BACK.
I HOPE YOU HAD
LOTS OF TIME
TO MAKE YOUR
LISTS OF SHAPES.
I'M SURE YOU FOUND
LOTS OF SHAPES.
I'VE GOT THE REPORTER
FROM SAINT JOHN BREBEUF
HAS CALLED ME, AND I'VE
JUST GOT THE REPORTER
FROM OSBORNE HAS CALLED.
SO IF YOU ARE FROM ELGIN
AND YOU ARE THE REPORTER,
YOU NEED TO CALL ME.
I'M GOING TO
START BY CALLING
TANYA AT SAINT JOHN BREBEUF.
HI, TANYA.

Tania says HI.

She says HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

Tania says GOOD.

She says GOOD.
CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT - LET'S SEE,
I'M GOING TO PUT
UP A CHART HERE,
AND YOU CAN TELL ME SOME
OF THE SHAPES PEOPLE
HAVE FOUND IN
YOUR CLASS, OKAY?
SO LET'S MAKE A CHART.
WE'VE GOT A CIRCLE, AND A
TRIANGLE, AND A SQUARE.
SO TELL ME ONE STRUCTURE
THAT HAS A CIRCLE
IN IT THAT YOU FOUND
IN YOUR CLASS.

Tania says A CLOCK.

She says A CLOCK.
THAT'S A GOOD ONE.

She draws each shape in three separate columns. Under the circle, she writes the word “clock.”

She continues I'M NOT GOING TO TRY
DRAWING A CLOCK BECAUSE
MY DRAWING IS
NOT VERY GOOD.
I HOPE YOU GUYS
ARE BETTER DRAWERS.
I KNOW YOU ARE, 'COS
I'VE SEEN YOUR WORK.
HOW ABOUT ONE
TRIANGLE?

Tania says A SHOE.

She says A SHOE HAD A
TRIANGLE IN IT?
NEAT.
AND HOW ABOUT
A SQUARE?

Tania says COMPUTER.

She says THE COMPUTER.
THE SCREEN IS
SQUARE, ISN'T IT?
THAT'S GREAT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR CALLING IN.
I'M GOING TO GO TO ANOTHER
CALLER FROM OSBORNE.
ALANA AT OSBORNE.
I THINK ALANA IS
THE REPORTER THERE.

Alana says HELLO.

She says HI, ALANA.
CAN YOU TELL ME THREE SHAPES
YOU FOUND IN YOUR CLASS?
THREE STRUCTURES?

Alana says THE TELEPHONE BUTTONS.

She says THE TELEPHONE BUTTONS
ARE WHAT SHAPE?

Alana says A SQUARE.

She says I'M JUST GOING TO WRITE--
YEAH I SHOULD WRITE
TELEPHONE BUTTONS
ON THE TELEPHONE.
GIVE ME ANOTHER ONE.

Alana says THE LETTER O
IS A CIRCLE.

She says THE LETTER O.
I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S
REALLY A STRUCTURE,
BUT I GUESS IF YOU HAD A
THREE DIMENSIONAL ONE,
IF YOU HAD ONE HANGING
ON THE WALL, A BIG ONE,
THAT WOULD BE A
STRUCTURE, WOULDN'T IT?
AND HOW ABOUT
THE TRIANGLE?
DID YOU FIND ANYTHING
WITH THE TRIANGLE?

Alana says THE LETTER A HAS
A TRIANGLE IN IT?

She says THE LETTER A.
I'LL COLOUR IT IN SO
EVERYBODY CAN SEE IT.
HOW'S THAT?
THE LETTER A.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I'M GOING TO CALL - ELGIN
HASN'T CALLED IN SO I'M
GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY FROM
ELGIN BECAUSE NOBODY CALLED
FROM THERE, SO I'M GOING TO
CALL THEM AND SEE IF I CAN
GET SOMEBODY FROM
ELGIN TO TELL ME
WHAT'S ON THEIR LIST.
I'M GOING TO CALL SAWYER.
SO PICK UP YOUR PHONE WHEN
YOU HEAR THE PHONE RING,
AND WE'LL SEE WHAT
SHAPES YOU'VE FOUND.
I BET THERE ARE
MILLIONS OF SHAPES,
AND I WILL TAKE A FEW
MORE CALLS IN A MINUTE.
BUT I'M STARTING OFF WITH
ONE FROM EACH SCHOOL
BECAUSE I WANT TO GET
A CHANCE TO TALK
TO SOMEBODY FROM
EVERY SCHOOL FIRST.
OH, THERE WE GO.
HI.

Sawyer says HI.

She says IS THIS SAWYER?

Sawyer says YES.

She is HI.
CAN YOU TELL ME THE
STRUCTURES YOU FOUND
IN YOUR CLASSROOM THAT
HAVE THESE SHAPES?
GIVE ME ONE OF EACH KIND.
LET'S LOOK AT
THE CAMERA HERE.
DID YOU GET ANYTHING
WITH A CIRCLE?

Sawyer says DOORKNOB.

She says DOORKNOB.
THAT'S A VERY GOOD ONE.
DOORKNOB.
WHY WOULD A
DOORKNOB BE ROUND?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

She keeps on adding the students’ answers on the sheet of paper.

Sawyer says SO YOU COULD
OPEN THE DOOR.

She says SO YOU CAN
OPEN THE DOOR.
IT'S EASIER ON YOUR
HAND, ISN'T IT?
IT'S MORE COMFORTABLE TO
TURN IT WHEN IT IS ROUND.
OKAY, HOW ABOUT
A TRIANGLE?
ANYTHING WITH
A TRIANGLE?

Sawyer says YIELD SIGN.

She says YIELD SIGN.
VERY GOOD.
WHY IS A YIELD SIGN A
TRIANGLE, DO YOU KNOW?
ANY IDEA?

Sawyer says NO.

She says NO.
WELL, YOU
KNOW WHAT?
BECAUSE WE KNOW
WE'VE DECIDED -
DID I SPELL
IT WRONG?
UH OH, I MADE A
SPELLING ERROR.
YIELD, I BEFORE
E EXCEPT AFTER C.
I FORGOT.
A TRIANGLE.
WE'VE DECIDED A TRIANGLE
WILL MEAN DANGER,
SO WHEN WE SEE A
TRIANGLE, WE KNOW WE HAVE
TO DO SOMETHING.
SO IN THE CASE OF A YIELD
SIGN, WE SLOW DOWN.
SAWYER, CAN YOU TELL ME
ONE THAT WAS A SQUARE?

Sawyer says GLASS BLOCK.

She says A GLASS BLOCK.
IS THAT IN YOUR
CLASSROOM?
DID YOU SEE SOME OF
THOSE IN YOUR CLASSROOM?

Sawyer says PART OF THE WINDOW.

She says PART OF THE WINDOW.
THAT'S NEAT.
THANKS VERY MUCH
FOR CALLING.
I'M GOING TO CALL
ONE MORE STUDENT,
THEN WE ARE
OUT OF TIME.
YOU KNOW THAT?
THIS WAS A BUSY,
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY ONE.
I'M CALLING SOMEONE
AT SAINT JOHN BREBEUF.
JOSHUA.
JOSHUA, IF YOU'RE THERE,
PICK UP THE PHONE
WHEN IT RINGS, AND WE'LL
GET CONNECTED, OKAY?
HI, IS THIS JOSHUA?

Joshua says YES.

She says HI, JOSHUA.
CAN YOU TELL ME A CIRCLE
YOU SAW IN YOUR CLASSROOM?

Joshua says UM...
A BUTTON.

She says A BUTTON.
THAT'S GREAT.
LIKE I SHOWED ON MY
SHIRT, I HAD ONE.
AND HOW ABOUT A
TRIANGLE?

Joshua says A TRIANGLE...
SHOE.

She says A SHOE?
YOU HAD A SHOE THAT
HAD A TRIANGLE, TOO?
HMM, WE HAVE TWO
TRIANGLE SHOES.
HOW ABOUT A SQUARE?

Joshua says BOOKS.

She says BOOKS, RIGHT.
BOOKS ARE SQUARE.
WHY IS A BOOK SQUARE?
ANY IDEA?

Joshua says BECAUSE IT IS SHAPED
LIKE A LITTLE SQUARE.

She says YEAH.
WHAT SHAPE IS MY PAPER?

Joshua says SQUARE.

She says RIGHT.
AND A BOOK IS A WHOLE BUNCH
OF PAPER PUT TOGETHER.

Joshua says YUP.

She says USUALLY, WHEN WE MAKE
PAPER, WE MAKE IT SQUARE.
SO WHEN WE MAKE OUR BOOKS,
THEY ARE JUST A BUNCH OF
PAPERS SQUASHED TOGETHER.
THANKS VERY CALLING.

Joshua says BYE.

She says BYE.
THANKS TO EVERYBODY
WHO CALLED TODAY.
UNFORTUNATELY,
YOU KNOW WHAT?
WE'VE RUN OUT OF TIME.
THIS WENT SO FAST THAT
WE'VE RUN OUT OF TIME.
BUT IMPORTANT THING TO
REMEMBER IS THAT STRUCTURES
ALWAYS HAVE A
SHAPE FOR A REASON.
SO YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT
WHY IS THE STRUCTURE
THE SHAPE THAT IT IS?
WHY DOES THIS HAVE
A CIRCLE IN IT,
OR WHY DOES IT
HAVE A TRIANGLE?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THAT?
NOW, I'M GOING TO
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK,
AND WE ARE GOING TO LEARN
MORE ABOUT STRUCTURES.
AND I CAN'T WAIT.
AND YOU'VE GOT
SOME STUFF TO DO
IN YOUR CLASSROOM
IN THE MEANTIME.
AND I WILL SEE YOU SOON.
DON'T FORGET, LOG OFF.
YOU PICK UP YOUR
PHONE; WHAT DO YOU DO?
She grabs a phone and concludes NUMBER SING 7.
PRESS 1 TO CONFIRM.
AND THEN HANG UP.
SEE YOU SOON.

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Please remember to log off! Pick up handset. Press pound 7. Press 1 to confirm. Hang up handset. See you next time!”

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