´╗┐The name of the show appears in colourful letters on an animated sky. It reads "TVO Kids Power hour of learning. Teacher edition."

The caption changes to "Today's Junior lesson: Is that a fact?"

The caption changes to "Junior 4 to 6. Teacher Spencer."

Teacher Spencer is in his late twenties, with short wavy black hair and a beard. He wears glasses and a gray printed sweater. He has his right hand in a blue puppet with hot pink hair.

Spencer says HELLO THERE, STUDENTS, FROM
ACROSS ONTARIO AND FROM ANYWHERE
AND EVERYWHERE ONLINE.
WELCOME TO ANOTHER EPISODE OF
THE POWER HOUR OF LEARNING.
MY NAME IS SPENCER DE MAN AND
THIS IS MY BUDDY ROSCO.

Rosco the puppet says HI, MY FRIENDS!
I AM SO EXCITED TO BE BACK ON
TVOkids.
IT'S BEEN A CRAZY YEAR OF BEING
AT SCHOOL AND THEN ONLINE AND
THEN AT SCHOOL AND THEN ONLINE,
BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH,
MY HEAD IS SPINNING FROM ALL THE
SWITCHEROOS.

Spencer says I HEAR YOU, ROCK OF O IT'S
BEEN A CHALLENGING YEAR FOR
STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS.
SO TVO HAS BROUGHT US BACK ON TV
AND ONLINE TO SUPPORT OUR
COLLEAGUES, PARENTS, AND
ESPECIALLY OUR STUDENTS.

Rosco says FOR SURE.

Spencer says SO ARE YOU READY TO GET
STARTED, ROSCO?

Rosco says YOU BET, Mr. DE MAN.
I WILL JUST HAVE SOME LUNCH AND
I AM READY TO GO.

Spencer says PERFECT.
DID YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH
AFTER LUNCH?

Rosco says AH, NO!

Spencer says OH, REALLY.
WHY NOT?

Rosco says BECAUSE BRUSHING MY TEETH IS
SUCH A WASTE.

Spencer says REALLY.
IS THAT A FACT?

Rosco says I DON'T LIKE BRUSHING MY
TEETH SO IT'S A WASTE OF TIME.
FACT.

Spencer says OKAY, ROSCO.
WELL, I THINK TODAY'S LESSON
MIGHT GIVE YOU A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THAT.
WE ARE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT
FACTS AND OPINIONS AND HOW TO
EXPRESS THEM USING A POINT OF
VIEW PARAGRAPH.

Rosco says OKAY.
I GET T IT'S LIKE A POINT OF
VIEW PARAGRAPH LIKE I READ MY
BOOK FROM HERE OR OVER HERE OR
MAYBE HERE.

Spencer says NOT QUITE, ROSCO.
LET'S SET UP A CHART AND SEE
WHAT YOU THINK THEN.

Rosco says OKAY.

Spencer says LET'S BEGIN WITH THE WORD
"OPINION."
YOU CAN USE A THESAURUS ON YOUR
PINKY PHONE.

Rosco says ON MY PINKY PHONE.

Spencer says I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE.

Rosco says I LIKE MY PINKY PHONE.

Spencer says AND YOU USE A THESAURUS ON
THERE TO FIND SOME SYNONYMS.

Rosco says DON'T WORRY.
THE CINNAMON IS IN THE
KITCHEN CUPBOARD.
DON'T WORRY.
I HAD SOME ON MY TOAST THIS
MORNING.

Spencer says ROSCO, NOT CINNAMON.
SYNONYMS.
WORDS THAT MEAN THE SAME THING
AS ANOTHER WORD.
WE CAN FIND SYNONYMS USING A
THESAURUS ONLINE OR IN A BOOK
KIND OF LIKE A DICTIONARY.
I THINK YOU HAVE AN THESAURUS
APP ON YOUR PINKY PHONE.

Rosco says I WILL LOOK UP THE WORD
"OPINION" IN MY THESAURUS APP
NOW.

Spencer points at a board and says ROSCO USES HIS PINKY PHONE
AND HE GAVE ME SOME CINNAMONS...
NOW I SAID SIN MINIMUMS.
FOR OPINION AND FACTS.
FOR OPINIONS HE FOUND THE WORD
"VIEW" "POINT OF VIEW" AND ANGLE
OR SLANT.
IT'S SORT OF LIKE THE WAY YOU
LOOK AT SOMETHING.
LIKE HOW YOU INTERPRET IT.
AND THEN FOR "FACTS" ROSCO FOUND
THREE MORE SYNONYMS, HE FOUND
REALITY, ACTUALITY AND TRUTH.
SO FACTS ARE SOMETHING THAT ARE
TRUE FOR SURE.
AND WHILE WE GO GET READY FOR
THE NEXT PART OF OUR LESSON WHY
DON'T WE WATCH A CLIP FROM
TUMBLETOWN READS TO SEE THE
IMPORTANCE OF HAVING FACTS OR TO
BACK UP OUR OPINION.

(music plays)

A hamster reading a book appears in a circle against a blue slate with the caption "Tumbleweed Presents."

A blue book with the title "Tumbletown Reads" appears. A picture of a street in Tumbletown illustrates the cover.

The book opens and a picture of a playground appears with the name of today's tale: "That's your opinion."

[Chattering]

At the playground, Mayor says CAN I GET A WORD IN
EDGE WISE?

Mayor is a white rodent.

Dimitri, a gray bunny, says MISTER MAYOR, WHY BUILD
A BRIDGE OVER TUMBLETOWN LAKE?

Mayor says I REPEAT, WE ARE JUST
STUDYING THE MATTER.
WE HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISIONS.

A lab rat says YEAH.

Tumbleweed says BUT WE DON'T NEED
A BRIDGE OVER TUMBLETOWN LAKE!

A brown rodent says YEAH, AND SHOULDN'T THE MONEY
BE SPENT ON PROGRAMS FOR THE...

He knocks down a garbage basket.

They all laugh.

A rodent says WHOOPS!

Tumbleweed says HE KNOCKED OVER
THE GARBAGE!

The brown rodent says I DID.

Mayor says EVERYBODY, WE HAVEN'T
MADE A FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE
BRIDGE.
WHEN WE DO, WE'LL LET YOU KNOW,
OKAY?

Tumbleweed says SNEAKING AWAY
INCONSPICUOUSLY.
YOU CAN'T SEE ME.

On a boat, Tumbleweed says WHY DID HE WANT TO BUILD A
BRIDGE?
THAT'S A, THAT'S A CRAZY IDEA.

In his red car, Tumbleweed says I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY'RE EVEN
THINKING ABOUT BUILDING A
BRIDGE.
JUST WAIT TILL I WRITE MY
ARTICLE.

(music plays)

Tumbleweed arrives at the Tumbletown Gazette.

Tumbleweed says AND DONE.
OKAY, PRESS PRINT AND IT'S DONE!

Twiggy reads the newspaper front page and says TUMBLETOWN BRIDGE A BAD IDEA?
WHY IS HE SAYING THAT?
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A NEW
BRIDGE.
HMM, SAYS HERE THAT THE BRIDGE
WILL BE EXPENSIVE.

Brent, a black and white bunny, says HEY, BUDDY, TO PAY FOR IT,
THE CITY WILL IMPOSE A SEED TAX.

Twiggy says SEED TAX?
BUT I ALREADY PAY 10 SUNFLOWER
SEEDS A YEAR!

Brent says WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN THAT
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION...

Chinchilla comes along and says CHINCHILLA!

Brent says AH!

A white rodent on a boat says BOATS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
SAIL UNDER IT.
WHAT!?
THIS IS BAD!
WHY DOESN'T ANYBODY ASK THE
CAPTAIN!?

Twiggy says THE BRIDGE MAY EVEN CAUSE
FLOODING IN SOME NEARBY FARMS.
FLOODING?
AT MY FARM?
WELL, OF ALL THE FUR BRAINED
IDEAS!

At the Gazette, Tumbleweed says HEY, CHIEF, CAN
WE MAKE THIS QUICK?
I NEED TO WRITE MORE ANGRY
ARTICLES ABOUT THE BRIDGE.

Chief says LOOK, SLOW DOWN,
TUMBLEWEED.
I NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND
YOUR FACTS.

Tumbleweed says FACTS ABOUT WHAT?

Chief says WELL, ABOUT HOW TAXES
WILL GO UP, HOW THE BRIDGE WILL
BLOCK SHIPS AND CAUSE FLOODS.

Tumbleweed says WELL, I JUST
THINK THE BRIDGE IS A BAD IDEA
AND THOSE THINGS COULD HAPPEN.

Chief says TUMBLEWEED, THAT IS
YOUR OPINION, NOT A FACT.

Tumbleweed says A WHATY WHAT NOW?

Chief says YOU THINK THOSE THINGS
MAY HAPPEN BUT YOU CAN'T PROVE
THEY'LL HAPPEN.
IT'S AN OPINION.

Tumbleweed says AND THE PROBLEM
IS?

Chief says OH, AS A JOURNALIST,
YOU NEED TO BACK UP YOUR OPINION
WITH FACTS.
DID THEY DO ANY TESTS TO SEE IF
THERE WOULD BE FLOODING?
ARE THERE EXPERTS WHO AGREE WITH
YOU?

Tumbleweed says WELL, NO BUT I
REALLY THINK THESE THINGS COULD
HAPPEN.

Chief says THEN IT'S AN OPINION.
NOT A FACT.

Tumbleweed says OH, SO I JUST
NEED TO GO FIND SOME PROOF.
OKAY.

Chief says YES, DO THAT, WOULD
YOU?

Tumbleweed says RIGHTY RIGHT,
CHECK, OKAY, SWELL, CHIEF!

He parks by the library and says WHOA!
[Music playing]

Tumbleweed goes over a pile of books and says HMM, IT SEEMS
THAT THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD
REASONS TO BUILD A BRIDGE AND IF
THEY BUILD IT TALL ENOUGH, IT
WON'T BLOCK THE SHIPS AT ALL AND
THERE'S NOTHING HERE ABOUT
FLOODING.
MAYBE I OVER-REACTED.
OH BOY, ANOTHER PRESS
CONFERENCE.
I WONDER IF THERE WILL BE
COOKIES.
OH, AND THE BRIDGE THING TOO.
[Chattering]

At the playground, Mayor says IT SEEMS THAT SOME OF
YOU MAY HAVE GOTTEN THE WRONG
IDEA ABOUT THE BRIDGE.

Tumbleweed laughs and says YEAH, THAT WAS ME.

Mayor says WELL, I'M HAPPY TO
RELEASE THE RESULTS OF OUR
STUDY.
OUR CONCLUSION, WE WILL NOT
BUILD THE BRIDGE.
[Chattering]

Mayor says INSTEAD, I DECIDED TO
BRING YOU THIS.

He uncovers a self-portrait.

All say YAY!

Tumbleweed says UM, OKAY?

Mayor says ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?

The lab rat says I LOVE IT.

Mayor says FINALLY SOMETHING THAT
WILL INSPIRE THE PEOPLE OF
TUMBLETOWN.

The lab rat says YAY!

Mayor says MY GIFT TO THE FINE
CITIZENS OF THIS CITY.
LOOK.

Brown rodent knocks down the garbage again.

They all laugh.

Tumbleweed says HE DID IT AGAIN!

[Laughing]

Brown rodent says I KNOCKED IT OVER.

Tumbleweed says OH, BEST PRESS
CONFERENCE EVER.

The book closes and the caption "The end" appears.

The TVO Kids logo appears.

Spencer says SO ROSCO IS A CLIP FROM
TUMBLETOWN READS ABOUT OPINIONS
AND FACTS.

Rosco says OH, YES, FOR SURE.
TUMBLEWEEDS THE CHIEF EDITOR
SAYS IF YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD
REPORTER OPINIONS MUST BE
SUPPORTED OR EXPLAINED USING
FACTS.

Spencer says OKAY.
SO ROSCO, YOU SAID THAT BRUSHING
YOUR TEETH IS A WASTE OF TIME.
THAT IS YOUR OPINION.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FACTS TO SUPPORT
IT?

Rosco says H'MM.
OH, YES, YEAH.
I KNOW THAT MY BABY TEETH ARE
ALL GOING TO FALL OUT ANYWAY.
AND EVERY TIME I EAT THEY JUST
GET DIRTY AGAIN.

Spencer says OKAY ROSCO.
SOUNDS LIKE YOU FEEL STRONGLY
ABOUT THIS.
LET'S USE YOUR OPINION AS AN
EXAMPLE FOR STUDENTS AT HOME.

Rosco says AWESOME!
TAKE IT AWAY, Mr. DE MAN!

Spencer says OKAY.
SO YOU MAY FIND THAT OPINIONS OF
OTHERS ARE NOT ALWAYS BASED ON
FACT.
THEY CAN BE BASED ON WHAT EACH
PERSON LIKES, WANTS, FEELS OR
THINK IS GOOD OR BAD.
YOU HAVE TO LISTEN AND THINK
CRITICALLY TO JUDGE FOR YOURSELF
WHEN SOMEONE SHARES THEIR
OPINION.
AND WHETHER OR NOT THEIR OPINION
IS SUPPORTED BY ENOUGH RELEVANT
FACTS, EXAMPLES AND REASONING.
SO FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THE
DEFINITION OF AN OPINION.
AN OPINION IS WHAT SOMEONE
AGREES OR DISAGREES WITH OR
THINKS IS GOOD OR BAD.
OPINIONS CAN CHANGE AND OPINIONS
CAN BE ARGUED.
SO IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT
SOMETHING SOME FACT WILL
SOMETIMES GET YOU TO SWITCH
SIDES OR THINK ABOUT THINGS A
DIFFERENT WAY.
NOW FACTS ARE THINGS THAT ARE
KNOWN TO BE TRUE OR CAN BE
PROVEN WITH EVIDENCE.
SO YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW I CAN
PROVE THAT THERE ARE ONE, TWO,
THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX MAGNETS
ON MY BOARD.
IF I TRIED TO TELL THAT YOU
THERE IS ONLY FOUR MAGNETS THERE
I WOULD BE LYING AND I CAN'T
PROVE THAT.
THAT'S NOT GOOD EVIDENCE FOR A
FACT.
IT IS JUST A LIE.
SO FACTS CANNOT BE ARGUED.
FACTS SIMPLY ARE.
FACTS ARE THINGS THAT HAPPEN AND
ARE TRUE.
WE OFTEN WORK WITH FACTS LIKE
OBSERVATIONS, MEASUREMENTS, IN
SUBJECTS LIKE MATH, SCIENCE,
NEWS REPORTING, SPORTS, HISTORY,
GEOGRAPHY, THE ARTS, EVERYTHING.
WE NEED FACTS FOR EVERYTHING.
MATH STATEMENTS AND EQUATIONS
ARE FACTS.
HERE IS ONE RIGHT NOW.
SO 300 PLUS 5 EQUALS 305.
THAT'S A FACT.
WE KNOW THAT A SQUARE HAS FOUR
EQUAL SIDES.
THAT'S A DEFINITION OF A SQUARE.

He draws a rectangle on the board and says IF I DRAW THIS AND TELL YOU IT'S
A SQUARE WE KNOW IT'S NOT TRUE.
TWO OF THE SIDES ARE LONGER THAN
THESE TWO.
IT'S A RECTANGLE.
WE ALSO KNOW THAT A TRIANGLE HAS
THREE SIDES.
THE DEFINITION TELLS US THAT.
SO THERE ARE SCIENTIFIC PROOFS
AND THEOREMS THEY HAVE BEEN
OBSERVED, RECORDED, RESEARCHED,
PROVEN, CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED
BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF
SCIENCE.
SO HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES.
THE WORLD NEEDS BEES TO
POLLINATE FLOWERS SO FOOD CAN
GROW.
A FREE FALLING APPLE FOLLOWS
THE LAW OF GRAVITY AND WILL
ALWAYS FALL TO THE GROUND ON
EARTH.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HAVE
IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS AND VITAMINS
OUR BODY NEEDS TO BE HEALTHY.
CHEETAHS CAN SPRINT TO BETWEEN
80 TO 130 KILOMETRES PER HOUR
WHICH IS AS FAST AS A SPEED
LIMIT ON HIGHWAYS.
WE LIVE ON THE PLANET EARTH AND
EARTH HAS A BIOSPHERE T TAKES
355.25 DAYS FOR THE EARTH TO
ORBIT THE SUN.
THESE ARE ALL FACTS.

Rosco says WOW!
THAT'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTS
MR. DE MAN.

Spencer says I KNOW, ROSCO.
IT'S GOOD TO USE A LOT OF
EXAMPLES WHEN WE TEACH OUR
STUDENTS.
IT HELPS GET OUR POINT ACROSS
JUST LIKE IT'S GOOD TO USE FACTS
TO BACK UP YOUR OPINIONS BUT YOU
HAD A FEW FOR YOUR BRUSHING YOUR
TEETH OPINION.

Rosco says YEAH, YEAH, I STILL DON'T
LIKE IT.

Spencer says OKAY.
BUT WHY DON'T WE DO A LITTLE
MORE.
WHY DON'T WE DO A LITTLE BIT OF
RESEARCH AND TRY TO PERSUADE
OTHERS ABOUT THAT OPINION.

Rosco says OH, OKAY.
I THINK I CAN DO THAT.

Spencer says OKAY, GREAT.
WE WILL GET TO WORK AND OUR
STUDENTS WILL JOIN TUMBLEWEED IN
ANOTHER EPISODE OF TUMBLETOWN
READS CALLED JUST THE FACTS TO
LEARN ABOUT HOW THERE ARE
RELEVANT AND IMPORTANT FACTS
THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED AND
IRRELEVANT FACTS WHICH WE SHOULD
PROBABLY LEAVE OUT.

Rosco says OH, OKAY.
THAT SOUNDS FUN.

The episode rolls.

A hamster reading a book appears in a circle against a blue slate with the caption "Tumbleweed Presents."

A blue book with the title "Tumbletown Reads" appears. A picture of a street in Tumbletown illustrates the cover.

The book opens and a picture of a TV studio appears with the name of today's tale: "Just the Facts!"

At the studio, an assistant says STANDING BY, EVERYBODY.

The director says ALRIGHT.
EVERYONE, STAND BY.
WE ARE LIVE ON THE AIR IN...

They both say THREE, TWO...

Director says ONE.

The announcer says TUMBLETOWN VOTES.
AN ELECTION SPECIAL.

The host says WELCOME TO TUMBLETOWN VOTES.
IT'S ELECTION TIME AND TWO
CANDIDATES WANT YOUR VOTE.
OUR CURRENT MAYOR AND A NEW
CHALLENGER, LOCAL BUSINESSMAN
SAL!

Mayor says HELLO, HELLO, MY
CARROT!

Host says I'LL BE ASKING THEM QUESTIONS
ON VARIOUS ISSUES SO YOU, THE
VIEWER, CAN DECIDE WHO DESERVES
YOUR VOTE.
MY FIRST QUESTION IS, WHAT WILL
YOU DO TO IMPROVE TUMBLETOWN?

Mayor says I PROMISE TO BUILD A
NEW HIGHWAY, A NEW SKATING RINK
AND ADD RIDES TO TUMBLETOWN PARK
WHERE THE CHILDREN CAN PLAY.

Sal says AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO
DO THAT?

Mayor says PLEASE, CAN I FINISH?

Sal says YOU ARE GOING TO RAISE
THE SEED TAX, THAT'S HOW!

Host says MISTER SAL, YOU'LL GET YOUR
TURN.

Sal says SEED TAX!

Mayor says CAN I FINISH?
[Chattering]

Mayor says CAN I FINISH?

Sal says WOULD YOU STOP SNIFFING
ME?

Backstage, Tumbleweed says WOW, THIS IS
GOING TO BE A CLOSE RACE.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, LOUIS?

Louis, a brown rodent, says UH, I WISH THEY DIDN'T
PICK A RED CURTAIN.

Tumbleweed laughs and says YEAH.
AND WHY DOES THE MAYOR USE A
FUNNY STRAW IN HIS WATER GLASS?
I MEAN, WHO DOES THAT?

Louis says AND DON'T YOU FIND SAL
YELLS A LOT?

Tumbleweed says OH YEAH!
[Laughing]
HE IS VERY LOUD.

Mayor says I PROMISE TO INCREASE
INFRASTRUCTURE.

Sal says WELL THEN I PROMISE TO
DECREASE INFRASTRUCTURE.

Tumbleweed says I BETTER GET ALL
THIS IN MY ARTICLE.
[Music playing]

Tumbleweed takes the boat and sings WRITE ABOUT THE
ELECTION

In his car, he sings WE'RE GONNA HAVE AN ELECTION
IF YOU VOTE
LOOK OUT, A GOAT
AH!
[Music playing]

At the Gazette, Tumbleweed says WOW, THERE'S SO
MANY IMPORTANT FACTS.
I'M BARELY GONNA GET THIS
FINISHED ON TIME AND PRINT!
I SURE HOPE THE EDITOR LIKES IT.

(music plays)

He puts his article in the Editor's box.

Tumbleweed says HEY, EVER TRIED
SUNFLOWER SEEDS WITH MUSTARD?

Mike is a pale gray rodent.

Mike says NO.

Tumbleweed says OH, WELL WHAT
ABOUT MUSTARD SEED?

Mike says HUH, NAH.

Chief says TUMBLEWEED, MAY I HAVE
A WORD IN MY OFFICE, PLEASE?

Tumbleweed says YOU GOT IT,
CHIEF.

Mike says THAT'S NEVER GOOD.

Tumbleweed says OH, WAY TO JINX
ME, MIKE.

Mike laughs.

Tumbleweed says HEY CHIEF!

Chief says TUMBLEWEED, IT'S ABOUT
THIS ARTICLE.

Tumbleweed says DID YOU LOVE IT?
I FEEL IT WAS IN-DEPTH.

Chief says BUT IF BY IN-DEPTH YOU
MEAN LONG, THEN I AGREE.

Tumbleweed says WHA?

Chief says TUMBLEWEED, YOU
MENTIONED EVERYTHING IN YOUR
ARTICLE.
THE COLOUR OF THE CURTAINS, THE
MAYOR'S TWISTY STRAW, THE STICKY
FLOOR!

Tumbleweed says OH, DON'T EVEN
GET ME STARTED ABOUT THE BUFFET.

Chief says TUMBLEWEED, THE
IMPORTANT THING AT THIS DEBATE
IS WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAID!

Tumbleweed says YES, I COVERED
THAT.
THE MAYOR WANTS TO BUILD
HIGHWAYS AND SKATING RINKS AND
SAL WANTS TO CUT TAXES.

Chief says AND THAT IS IMPORTANT.
THE COLOUR OF THE CURTAINS IS
NOT.
THE FACT THAT SAL IS LOUD AND
SWEATY IS NOT.
STICK TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND
DON'T CLUTTER THE PAGE WITH
THINGS THAT AREN'T.

Tumbleweed says YOU GOT IT,
CHIEF.

At his desk, he says THERE WE GO, FINISHED AND PRINT
AND I EARNED THIS.
[Munching]
[Music playing]

A black rodent reads the paper and says WOW, THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SOME
DEBATE.
I LIKE THAT THE MAYOR WANTS TO
BUILD NEW HIGHWAYS.

Twiggy says SAL SAYS HE'LL CUT
TAXES.
I LIKE THAT.

Brent says NO, PEOPLE, CHILDREN ARE THE
FUTURE.
TEACH THEM WELL!

A rodent says CHINCHILLA!

Mabel says MORE MONEY FOR
FARMERS?
I LIKE THAT.

On his boat, Captain says HMM, AS USUAL, NOTHING FOR
THE SEA CAPTAIN, HMM!

Buffy says OH, GREAT ARTICLE,
TUMBLEWEED.
PEOPLE ARE SAYING THEY REALLY
KNOW THE ISSUES NOW.

Tumbleweed says THANKS, BUFFY.
IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO
WINS."

An edition of the Gazette appears with the title "Mayor Wins by a Whisker. Sal claims he 'Never wanted the job anyway'."

Tumbleweed says HMM, MAYOR WINS BY A WHISKER
WHICH IS STRANGE 'CAUSE I
THOUGHT HE'D WIN BY MORE THAN A
WHISKER.
LIKE, LIKE A PAW
OR, OR A NOSE OR MAYBE, I DON'T
KNOW, LIKE A TAIL.

The book closes and the caption "The end" appears.

Spencer says SO ROSCO, DID YOU FIND SOME
FACTS TO SUPPORT YOUR OPINIONS?

Rosco says I DID.
AND I DO MR. DE MAN.
BUT TUMBLETOWN'S READING EPISODE
I THINK SOME OF THEM MIGHT BE
IRRELEVANT.
LIKE LET'S HOW I HAD A PINK
TOOTHBRUSH INSTEAD OF MY GREEN
ONE.
AND I HAVE A COUPLE OF MINUTES
TO CHECK MY WORK OVER?

Spencer says SURE, ROSCO.
AND WHILE DO YOU THAT I'LL GO
OVER THE NEXT PART OF THE LESSON
WITH OUR STUDENTS AT HOME.

Rosco says OKAY.

Spencer says LET'S CONSIDER SOME OF THE
FOLLOWING STATEMENTS.
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SPEND
TAXES ON RESEARCH.
DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
COMPUTERS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS
AND CAN REPLACE TEACHERS.
DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
ZOO ANIMALS LIVE HAPPY LIVES.
AGREE OR DISAGREE.
YOU CAN DECIDE WHETHER YOU AGREE
OR DISAGREE AND THAT IS YOUR
OPINION.
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OR FEEL YOU
DON'T HAVE AN OPINION YOU CAN
PICK A SIDE THAT YOU MIGHT LEAN
TOWARD FOR THIS EXERCISE WHETHER
YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE AGAIN IS
YOUR OPINION.
AT HOME YOU CAN USE ONE OF THESE
STATEMENTS OR YOU CAN RECORD
YOUR OWN STATEMENT THAT
EXPRESSES YOUR POINT OF VIEW.
MAYBE YOU HAVE A STRONG OPINION
ABOUT ANOTHER TOPIC.
SEE WHAT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND
FRIENDS THINK.
COULD YOU ALL AGREE?
YOU CAN USE THIS CHART AS A
REFERENCE TO WRITE YOUR POINT OF
VIEW.

The point of view chart on the board is divided in two columns: Supporting my point of view, which includes cells to right down your point of view, supporting details, examples, facts, and sources, and a column with other possible opinions.

Spencer says RESEARCH SOME FACTS, DETAILS OR
EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT IT.
THIS MEANS INCLUDE FACTS AND
EXAMPLES THAT MIGHT CONVINCE
SOMEONE TO HAVE THE SAME POINT
OF VIEW AS YOU.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WRITE IN FULL
SENTENCES.
USE JOT NOTES AND UNDERLINE KEY
INFORMATION.
ALSO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY WRITE
DOWN AT LEAST TWO POSSIBLE OTHER
OPINIONS ONE THAT IS THE
OPPOSITE AND ONE THAT IS THE
DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.
THAT WILL HELP YOU STRENGTHEN
HOW YOU THINK OF SOMETHING AND
SOMETIMES IT CHANGES YOUR MIND.
TRY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT OTHER
PEOPLE MIGHT THINK WHEN THEY
RESPOND TO YOUR POINT OF VIEW.

Rosco says OKAY.
I THINK I AM READY TO SHARE MY
WORK, MR. DE MAN.

Spencer says GREAT, ROSCO, LET'S TAKE A
LOOK.

Rosco says OKAY...
ROSCO.
I USED YOUR CHART BECAUSE IT
HELPS, AND THEN SO MY POINT OF
VIEW IS BRUSHING TEETH IS A
WASTE OF TIME.
AND I DIDN'T USE A FULL SENTENCE
BECAUSE YOU SAID JOT NOTES.
SUPPORTING DETAILS ALWAYS GET
[indiscernible].
FOR EXAMPLE ONE, BRUSH BEFORE
BED.
BAD BREADTH IN THE MORNING.
EXAMPLE TWO.
I BRUSH IN THE MORNING AND THEY
ARE DIRTY AGAIN AFTER BREAKFAST.
OH, AND I HAVE A FACT.
BABY TEETH FALL OUT.
AND YOU WANTED ME TO INCLUDE A
SOURCE AND MY FAVOURITE SITTER
TOLD ME AND THEY ARE IN HIGH
SCHOOL.
YEAH.
STRONG OPINION, I HOPE.
OH, OTHER POSSIBLE OPINION
BRUSHING TEETH IS NOT A WASTE OR
MAYBE YOU SHOULD ONLY HAVE TO
BRUSH YOUR TEETH ONCE A DAY.
YES.
YEAH.
SO MAYBE OUR FRIENDS AT HOME CAN
DO THEIR OWN CHART LIKE THIS AND
AFTER THEY FINISH... I AM TIRED
ACTUALLY.
MAYBE I WILL GET MR. DE MAN TO
DO SOME ORIGAMI OR SOMETHING.
HERE COMES SOME ORIGAMI!

Spencer says OKAY, MY FRIENDS.
LET'S TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AND WE
WILL MAKE AN ORIGAMI PUPPY.
NOW YOU WILL NEED A PIECE OF
PAPER, ORIGAMI PAPER IS USEFUL
BUT IF YOU ONLY HAVE REGULAR
PRINTER PAPER WE CAN CREATE A
SQUARE USING THAT AS WELL.
SO HERE WE WILL GET STARTED.
JUST FOLLOW ALONG AND REMEMBER
YOU CAN ALWAYS PAUSE, REWIND IF
YOU ARE USING OUR ONLINE SHOW
AND THAT CAN HELP YOU SO THAT WE
DON'T GET TOO FAR AHEAD.
SO FIRST WE WILL JUST TAKE THIS
ONE CORNER AND FOLD IT DOWN
SOCIETY SIDE EDGE GOES ALONG THE
BOTTOM THERE.
AND THEN I AM GOING TO DO A NICE
CREASE THAT AND YOU CAN SEE NOW
IT'S LIKE A TRIANGLE AND THERE
IS A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA PAPER
THERE.
NOW THAT EXTRA PAPER WE ARE
GOING TO CUT OFF WITH OUR
SCISSORS.
WE WILL CUT THAT OFF RIGHT NOW.
AND I USUALLY SAVE THESE FOR
SCRAPS BECAUSE THEY ARE USEFUL.
I WILL USE A PIECE OF ORIGAMI
PAPER RIGHT NOW.
IT'S A LITTLE BIT EASIER T FITS
IN THE SCENE A LITTLE BETTER.
LET'S START WITH A PIECE OF
ORIGAMI PAPER.

He grabs an origami paper square and says I WILL TURN IT SO THE WHITE SIDE
IS FACING UP AND I WILL START BY
FOLDING IT IN HALF CORNER TO
CORNER.
AND THEN ONCE WE DO THAT WE WILL
MAKE A NICE CRISP, CLEAN AND
CRISP FOLD.
KIND OF GET THAT AND THEN PRESS
NIGHT AND TIGHT.
YOU WANT NICE AND TIGHT FOLDS.
AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING LINES
UP QUITE NICELY.
NOW THE NEXT STEP IS WE WILL
FOLD THIS IN HALF ONCE AGAIN SO
THOSE TWO CORNERS TOGETHER AND
AGAIN WE WILL CREASE THAT NICELY
LIKE SO.
A SMALLER TRIANGLE AND THEN WE
WILL OPEN THAT UP A BIT.
NOW THE FIRST THING WE WILL DO
IS CREATE THE DOG'S EARS NOW AND
I WILL SMOOTH AND PUT MY FINGER
RIGHT HERE AND I WILL USE THAT
SO THAT WHEN I FOLD DOWN IT KIND
OF GIVES A SPOT FOR THE EAR TO
FOLD FROM AND THEN I NEED TO DO
THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE AS WELL.
AND THERE WE GO, WE HAVE TWO
LITTLE EARS.
THIS IS A NICE AND SIMPLE
ORIGAMI PROJECT THAT A LOT OF US
WILL BE ABLE TO DO.
NOW WE WILL TAKE THE BOTTOM
CORNER AND FOLD IT TOWARDS THE
MIDDLE.
NOT QUITE TO THE MIDDLE BUT
TOWARDS THE MIDDLE.
GOING TO CREASE THAT.
AND THEN WE WILL TAKE THE CORNER
THERE AND FOLD IT BACK DOWN TO
THE BOTTOM.
LIKE A LITTLE DOG NOSE THAT
LITTLE TRIANGLE.
THEN WE WILL TAKE TWO LAYERS OF
PAPER THERE WE WILL TAKE THE
BOTTOM ONE AND FOLD IT DOWN BUT
KEEP THE LITTLE TIP HIDDEN
UNDERNEATH.
THERE WE GO.
HIDDEN UNDERNEATH.
AND NOW THAT'S THE DOG'S MUZZLE.
AND THAT IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
TO MAKE A SIMPLE ORIGAMI PUPPY.
I LIKE TO ADD SOME DETAILS.

He grabs a black marker and says FIRST I AM GOING TO COLOUR THE
NOSE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A
LITTLE SHINY BLACK NOSE.
I'LL GIVE IT A LITTLE SMILE.
AND THEN OF COURSE WHAT'S A
PUPPY WITHOUT TWO PUPPY DOG BIG
PUPPY DOG EYES.
MY FRIENDS DOING PROJECTS LIKE
THIS FOLLOWING SOME SIMPLE
INSTRUCTIONS IT'S A NICE WAY TO
RELAX.
AND THERE WE GO.
ORIGAMI PUPPY.

Rosco says OH, I AM GLAD.
OH, THANK YOU MR. DE MAN.
I LOVE IT WHEN WE DO ORIGAMI
WITH OUR STUDENTS.
FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS HELPS
ME TO RELAX.
AND I THINK I AM READY TO GET
BACK TO WORK NOW.
MR. DE MAN, HE GAVE ME A
PARAGRAPH PLANNER AND I FILLED
IT OUT WITH MY INFORMATION.
MY MAIN IDEA IS BRUSHING TEETH
IS A WASTE OF TIME.
AND THEN I HAVE SOME DETAILS.
BABY TEETH FALL OUT.
DETAIL TWO.
BRUSH AT NIGHT YOU GET BAD
BREATH IN THE MORNING AND DETAIL
THREE, TEETH GET DIRTY WHENEVER
YOU EAT.
SO NOW I THINK I'LL BE READY TO
FILL OUT MY VERY OWN PARAGRAPH.
AND MR. DE MAN SAYS I SHOULD
WRITE A FIRST GRAPH AND THEN GET
WITH THE PARENTS AND FRIENDS TO
CONFERENCE TO MAKE SURE MY FACTS
AND EXAMPLES SUPPORT MY POINTS
OF VIEW.
AND THEN IF THEY GIVE ME
FEEDBACK THEN I CAN GATHER MORE
FACTS AND CHECK MY INFORMATION
FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES AND THEN
DECIDE GOOD COPY.
I AM GOING TO DO THAT NOW.
BUT I THOUGHT WE COULD WATCH A
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT BECAUSE
EXPERIMENTS TEACH US ABOUT
FACTS.
SCIENCE.
WHILE DO I THAT.
SO HERE COMES PHIL.
AND AN ELECTRIFYING EXPERIMENT!

An episode of "Science Max" rolls.

Phil is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with short curly dark blond hair. He wears gray trousers, a blue T-shirt and a yellow lab coat.

Phil says GREETINGS.
WELCOMES TO SCIENCE MAX.
MY NAME IS PHIL.
AND TODAY ON SCIENCE MAX WE WILL
BE HARNESSING THE AWESOME POWER
OF LIGHTNING.
WAAAAA!
HOW ARE WE HARNESSING THE POWER
OF LIGHTNING ASK YOU?

(LITHNING STRIKES)

Phil says WITH THIS BALLOON.
I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING.
YOU ARE THINKING, PHIL, WHAT'S
SIMILAR BETWEEN A BALLOON AND
LIGHTNING?
WELL, NOTHING RIGHT NOW.
BUT BEHOLD!
AS I USE THE POWER OF STATIC
ELECTRICITY AND RUN THE BALLOON
ON MY HEAD.
BASICALLY THAT'S HOW IT STARTS.
YOU SEE WHEN I RUB THIS BALLOON
ON MY HEAD IT IS STEALING
ELECTRONS FROM ME CREATING A
POSITIVE CHARGE IN MY HAIR AND A
NEGATIVE CHARGE IN THE BALLOON.
AND THE INTERESTING THING IS YOU
KNOW THAT THINGS WITH OPPOSITE
CHARGES ATTRACT EACH OTHER,
RIGHT?
SOMETHING THAT HAS A POSITIVE
CHARGE WILL ATTRACT NEGATIVE
THINGS AND VICE VERSA BUT
ANYTHING WITH A CHARGE WILL
ATTRACT ANYTHING WITH AN UNUSUAL
CHARGE.
SEE ALL THESE THINGS ON THE
TABLE?
THEY ALL HAVE A NEUTRAL CHARGE
WHICH MEANS THEY HAVE EQUAL
PARLIAMENTS OF POSITIVE AND
NEGATIVE.
THIS BALLOON IS BUILDING UP A
BIG NEGATIVE CHARGE WHICH MEANS
IT WILL BE ATTRACTED TO ALL OF
THESE THINGS.
THIS CAN OF SODA HAS A NEUTRAL
CHARGE.
THE BALLOON HAS A NEGATIVE
CHARGE.
WHICH MEANS THE CAN WILL BE
ATTRACTED TO THE BALLOON.
AND THIS PAPER IS NEUTRALLY
CHARGED WHICH MEANS THE PAPER
WILL BE ATTRACTED TO THE
BALLOON.
AND IF YOU HOLD NEGATIVELY
CHARGED BALLOON NEXT TO
NEUTRALLY CHARGED SUGAR SUGAR
STORM!

(music plays)

He shakes the sugar off the balloon and says AND YOU PROBABLY... WAIT, I
DON'T WANT TO GET SUGAR IN MY
HAIR.
AND YOU PROBABLY KNOW THIS
TRICK.
IF YOU RUB A BALLOON ON YOUR
HEAD YOU CAN STICK IT ON THE
WALL.
HA HA!
BUT WHAT DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE
TO DO WITH LIGHTNING?
WELL, THE THING THAT IS GOING ON
WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT.
THE CLOUDS BECOME NEGATIVELY
CHARGED AND THAT NEGATIVE CHARGE
WANTS TO EQUALIZE ITSELF WITH
THE GROUND WHICH IS NEUTRALLY
CHARGE AND THAT LIGHTNING BOLT
IS THE ELECTRICITY JUMPING FROM
ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.
AND YOU CAN SEE THIS YOURSELF.
IF YOU RUB A BALLOON ON YOUR
HEAD AND YOU PUT IT NEXT TO
SOMETHING METAL LIKE A DOORKNOB.
THERE WILL BE A SPARK.
BUT HERE IS ANOTHER THING YOU
CAN DO IF YOU DON'T HAVE A
BALLOON.

(POP)

The balloon pops and Phil says WHICH I GUESS I DON'T
ANYMORE.
RUB YOUR FEET IF YOU ARE WEARING
SOCKS ON A CARPET AND THEN TURN
OUT ALL THE LIGHTS AND TOUCH A
DOORKNOB.
YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE A SPARK
JUMP FROM YOUR FINGER TO THE
DOOR.
THAT'S LIGHTNING IN A VERY, VERY
SMALL FORM.

Rosco says OH, WASN'T THAT ELECTRIFYING,
MR. DE MAN?

Spencer says IT REALLY WAS, ROSCO.
DOING EXPERIMENTS IS ONE WAY OF
GATHERING EVIDENCE TO STRENGTHEN
AN OPINION.
ARE YOU READY TO SHARE YOUR
PARAGRAPH WITH US NOW?

Rosco says OH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
OKAY I WILL READ IT RIGHT NOW.
SO BRUSHING TEETH IS A WASTE OF
TIME.
WHEN YOU BRUSH BEFORE BED, YOU
STILL GET BAD BREATH IN THE
MORNING.
YOU BRUSH WHEN YOU GET UP AND
THEY GET DIRTY AT BREAKFAST.
BABY TEETH ALL FALL OUT ANYWAY.
AND IF YOUR TEETH ARE GOING TO
GET DIRTY AGAIN AND THEN FALL
OUT, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO
BRUSH.

Spencer says OKAY.
SO YOUR PARAGRAPH IS GOOD,
ROSCO, AND YOU MAKE SOME
INTERESTING POINTS, BUT I AM
GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I
DON'T THINK YOUR SUPPORTING
DETAILS AND FACTS ARE VERY
STRONG.
I THINK I'LL KEEP BRUSHING MY
TEETH FOR NOW.

Rosco says OH.

Spencer says AND FOR YOUR TEETHS' SAKE I
THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE A
CHALLENGE AND DO SOME RESEARCH
INTO ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW.

Rosco says WAIT.
MR. DE MAN, WHAT IF I SAY MY
PARAGRAPH LOUDER AND SOUND
REALLY SURE ABOUT IT?

Spencer says YOU CAN SAY IT LOUDER AND
SOUND SURE BUT THAT WON'T CHANGE
THE FACTS, ROSCO.
THE BEST WAY TO CONVINCE PEOPLE
ABOUT A POINT OF VIEW IS TO HAVE
RELEVANT FACTS AND STRONG
EVIDENCE TO BACK IT UP.

Rosco says AH.

Spencer says OKAY, ROSCO, YOU SUPPLY
CHALLENGE OF LOOKING UP AND
FIGURING OUT ANOTHER POINT OF
VIEW AND OUR FRIENDS AT HOME CAN
DO THAT, TOO.
THEY CAN TAKE AN OPINION AND
THEN RESEARCH THE OPPOSITE POINT
OF VIEW.
FIND THREE FACTS OR EXAMPLES
THAT SUPPORT THAT POINT OF VIEW.
ONE ALTERNATE TO YOURS.
AND ROSCO, DO YOU WANT TO KIND
OF SHOW THEM AT HOME BY USING
YOURS AS AN EXAMPLE?

Rosco says YEAH, SURE MR. DE MAN.
MY OPPOSITE POINT OF VIEW IS
THAT BRUSHING TEETH IS IMPORTANT
AND MY FACTS AND EXAMPLES ARE
BRUSH STOPS TOOTH DECAY AND BABY
TEETH HELP WITH EATING TALKING
AND GROWTH AND I GOT IT FROM A
WEB SITE.
IT WAS FROM ABOUT KIDS HEALTH.CA
AND THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE WAS
TEETH GENTLE CARE FOR CHILDREN.

Spencer says OKAY.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT
ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW, ROSCO?

Rosco says WELL, MR. DE MAN.

Spencer says YEAH, ROSCO?

Rosco says CAN I CHANGE MY OPINION?

Spencer says OF COURSE, ROSCO.
THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE
LOOK AT OTHER POINTS OF VIEW.
SOMETIMES THE NEW INFORMATION
WILL MAKE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND.

Rosco says OH, THAT'S GOOD.
BECAUSE I REALLY THINK I SHOULD
GO BRUSH MY TEETH BEFORE I GET
GINGIVITIS!

Spencer says OKAY, YOU GO DO THAT, ROSCO.

Later, Spencer says STUDENTS AT HOME AND ONLINE,
IT'S TIME TO JUDGE POUR
YOURSELF.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THAT YOU
HAVE DEVELOPED AN INFORMED
OPINION?
WHEN YOU COME ACROSS NEW
INFORMATION OR AN ONLINE ARTICLE
KEEP TRACK OF THE OPINIONS AND
OR FACTS THAT YOU NOTICE.
IF OPINIONS ARE PROVIDED ARE
THEY SUPPORTED BY FACT?
WHAT DID YOU NOTICE?
DID YOU NOTICE MORE FACTS THAN
OPINIONS?
SHARE YOUR FINDS WITH A FRIEND,
A TEACHER OR FAMILY MEMBER.

Rosco says OH, YEAH, YEAH, AND I AM BACK
FROM BRUSHING MY TEETH AND MY
MOUTH FEELS SQUEAKY CLEAN.
AND I THINK I HAVE A NICE IDEA
FOR A SONG.
YEAH.
YEAH.
I ALWAYS WRITE A SONG IN MY HEAD
WHEN I BRUSH MY TEETH.

Spencer says YOU WRITE A SONG IN YOUR HEAD?
MOST PEOPLE JUST SING A SONG IN
THEIR HEAD TO MAKE SURE THEY
BRUSHED THEM LONG ENOUGH.

Rosco says I LIKE TO WRITE SONGS
INSTEAD.

Spencer says OKAY.
DO YOU WANT TO SHARE IT WITH
EVERYONE IN.

Rosco says YES HERE IT IS!

(music plays)

A split screen shows different Roscos in different outfits.

They sing a song that goes I DISAGREE I AGREE
I AGREE I DISAGREE
YOU ARE RIGHT I AM WRONG
JUST NO MAYBE SO
OPINION
I WILL AGREE
I LOOK FOR TRUTH AND SOMETIMES
FIND NEW FACTS THAT MAKE ME
CHANGE MY MIND
EXAMPLES HERE WILL HELP YOU
SEE
SOCIETY MAYBE NEVER EAT A
MELON
IT GROWS INSIDE YOU LIKE A
WEED
MAYBE WE SHOULD CHECK THE
FACTS
MAYBE SO
PEOPLE THOUGHT THE WORLD WAS
FLAT
COLUMBUS SAID WHAT'S UP WITH
THAT
THE ANCIENT GREEKS ALREADY
KNEW
BRUSHING TEETH IS SUCH A
WASTE, A WASTE OF TIME
I BRUSHED THE BACK AND NEVER
KNEW AND THEN I CHANGED MY POINT
OF VIEW
IF THERE IS A POINT YOU WANT
TO MAKE JUST DO THE WORK
AND THEY WILL THINK IT ALL
MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU GIVE FACTS
IN EVERYTHING
THAT'S RIGHT

The song ends.

Spencer says THAT WAS AMAZING, ROSCO!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT WITH
US.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR
TODAY.

Rosco says WOW!
THAT WENT SUPER FAST!
CAN I SAY BYE TO MY FRIENDS
BEFORE WE GO?

Spencer says GO AHEAD, ROSCO.

Rosco says OKAY.
SO BY MY FRIENDS WATCHING AT
HOME AND ONLINE AND ESPECIALLY
MY FRIENDS FROM HUNTINGTON PARK
SCHOOL WHO I MISS SO MUCH.
AND DON'T FORGET, YOU ARE
AWESOME!

Spencer says I AGREE, ROSCO.
THANKS FOR WATCHING, MY FRIENDS.
SEE YOU AGAIN ON TVOkids POWER
HOUR OF LEARNING.

(music plays)

A caption reads "Bonus material."

(music plays)

A TVO Kids and BGM Inc. original.

Monica plays instruments in the studio.

Monica is in her mid-teens, with long wavy brown hair and wears a jean overall and a red T-shirt.

Monica says MY NAME IS MONICA
AND MUSIC IS MY THING.

(PRETEND HORN MUSIC)

Monica says I'M INVITING PRO
MUSICIANS TO MY BACKYARD
FOR EPIC JAM SESSIONS.

A group sings ABSOLUTELY

Monica says ALONG FOR THE RIDE
ARE JUNIOR JAMMERS,
WHO LOVE TO MAKE
SOME NOISE.

(PLAYFUL MUSIC)

Monica says TOGETHER THEY INSPIRE ME
TO MAKE DIY CRAFT-STRUMENTS
FOR THE BIG PERFORMANCE.

A violinist says COUNT US IN.
3.

A trumpeter says 2.
1.

Monica says INSTRUMENTS IN HAND,
WE ALL JOIN IN AND MAKE
SOME BACKYARD BEATS.

The name of the show appears in colourful letters made out of instruments. It reads "Backyard Beats."

In the studio, Monica says REMINDER.
WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO REMIND
MYSELF OF?
THINK, MONICA.
REMINDER TO BRUSH MY TEETH.

She checks her breath and says NO.
THAT'S NOT IT.
THANK YOU, THOUGH.
REMINDER TO PRACTISE MY HULA
HOOPING SKILLS?

She spins the hoop around her waist and says NO, THAT'S NOT IT
EITHER.
REMINDER TO WORK ON THE ROOSTER
CALL I HAVE BEEN DABBLING WITH.
KOKA DOODLE DOO!

A man knocks and says HEY, MONICA, ARE YOU THERE?

Monica says I KNOW THOSE VOICES.

She opens the door and the Abrams walk in.

A caption reads "The Abrams. Backyard jammers."

John is in his late twenties, with slightly long brown hair and a beard. He wears black trousers, a denim shirt, and a brown hat.

James is in his late twenties, with short curly red hair and a beard. He wears black jeans, a white T-shirt, an unbuttoned black shirt and a blue cap.

John says WHAT'S GOING ON?
GOOD TO SEE YOU.

Monica says JOHN, YOU ARE MY REMINDER.

John says WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

Monica says NO, YOU ARE MY REMINDER.

James says MONICA, IF YOU WANTED AN
ALBUM YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST
ASKED.
WE HAVE ONE FOR YOU RIGHT HERE.

Monica reads the title of the album and says H'MM.
REMINDER.
THANKS.

John says NO PROBLEM.

Monica says ARE YOU READY?

John says I THINK SO.

(music plays)

They all do a funny high-five.

John says NICE.

Monica says SO THIS BANJO.
IT LOOKS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN A
DRUM AND A GUITAR.

James says OH, YEAH,.

Monica says MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CALLED A
GUIDRUM.

John says IT WAS A DRUM MANY YEARS AGO
AND INCORPORATED INTO
BLUEGRASS MUSIC WHEN THEY ADDED
THE NECK ON HERE AND THAT'S WHAT
WE GREW WITH UP BLUEGRASS AND
COUNTRY.

Monica says SO HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON
THE BANJO?

James says OUR FAMILY PLAYED A LOT OF
BANJO-STYLE MUSIC.

John says WE WERE SITTING IN THE LIVING
ROOM AND JAM TOGETHER AND THAT'S
WHAT GOT US TOURING AND PLAYING
MUSIC ON THE ROAD.

Monica says SO DO YOU HAVE ANY FUN
STORIES TOURING ON THE ROAD?

James says WE LEFT THE BANJO AT A TRUCK
STOP AND WENT REALLY FAR
DOWNTOWN HIGHWAY BEFORE WE
REALIZED WE DIDN'T HAVE IT.
WE HAD TO TURN ALL THE WAY BACK
AND GET IT

John says CRAZY.

M says CAN'T HAVE A BANJO SHOW
WITHOUT A BANJO.

James says RIGHT EXACTLY.

John says WE ARE THE FOURTH GENERATION
DOING THAT ON THE ROAD.

Monica says BUT YOU ARE THE FIRST
GENERATION TO PERFORM IN MY
BACKYARD.

John says FIRST ONE RIGHT HERE.

James says SPEAKING OF BACKYARDS YOU
SHOULD SEE OUR BACKYARD.
WE HAVE A RESCUE FARM WITH
DONKEYS, LLAMAS, PIGS...

John says YEAH, HORSES,
GOATS, EVERYTHING.

Monica says NEXT TIME WE ARE MEETING ALT
YOUR PLACE.

James says ABSOLUTELY.

John says A DEAL.

Monica says I HAVE A LOT TO DO BEFORE WE
GET PREPARED FOR THE JAM
SESSION.
I WILL MAKE MY OWN BANJO CRAFT
INSTRUMENT.

John says THAT'S GREAT.

Monica says SEE YOU SOON.

A band of three animated rock star rocks appear.

Rocky says THE ABRAHAMS JAM IS COMING
UP.
MAKE SOME NOISE!
I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
WHY AREN'T THEY CHEERING?

The drummer says TOO MUCH ROCK.
HE CAN'T HEAR.

Rockford says HOPE HE CAN HEAR MONICA'S
CRAFT INSTRUMENT.
SHE'S MAKING IT NOW.

Rocky says I SAID MAKE SOME NOISE!

The crowd cheers.

Monica dances towards the craft table as she wears a straw hat and says ROUND AND ROUND AND HERE WE
GO.
TIME TO MAKE MY OLD BANJO!

A caption reads "Banjo craft-strument. Level of difficulty: low."

Monica says HI.
I AM WAY TOO EXCITED FOR.
THIS AND THAT'S TOTALLY FINE.
LET'S GET TO THE BEAT.
HERE IS WHAT I NEED TODAY.
TWO RULERS WITH HOLES AT THE
END, STRINGS AND A METAL
CYLINDER TIN, CRAFT KNIFE.
ONE RING SCREW AND ONE SMALL
WOODEN DOWEL WITH A LITTLE HOLE
IN THE MIDDLE.
A FUN LITTLE METAL CLAMP OR USE
A BULL CLIP.

She plays with the clip and says CAN YOU MAKE ME INTO A BANJO?

Monica says YES.
YES, I CAN.
A SMALL KEY CHAIN RING AND SOME
FUNKY DUCT TAPE.

A caption reads "The drum."

Monica says OPEN THE CAN WITH A CAN OPENER.
PUT THE LID OVER THE END SO
THERE IS NO SHARP ENDS.
NEXT WITH THE CAN FACED DOWN ON
THE PLASTIC LID I AM USING THIS
DUCT TAPE.
TO WRAP THE TWO RULERS ON
OPPOSITE SIDES.
OH, AND I MADE SURE THAT THE TWO
HOLES ON THE RULER ARE FACING
UP.

The caption changes to "The string."

Monica says TIE ONE END OF THE STRING TO THE
KEY CHAIN RING.
AND THEN VERY CAREFULLY PUT A
SMALL HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
PLASTIC LID.
THE PLASTICINE UNDERNEATH MAKES
IT EASIER TO PIERCE THE LID.
THE I WILL FEED THE STRING IN
THE HOLE HERE LIKE SO AND THEN
PULL IT ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE
KEY CHAIN RING STOPS IT.
FUN FACT TIME.
DID YOU KNOW THE BANJO HAD A TON
OF SPELLINGS AND NICKNAMES
OVER THE YEARS.
THERE WAS BANJO WITH AN E.
BANZA, BAMO JO, STRUMP STRUMP
BANJER, BANJAR, BANGIE AND
BONJAW.
AND I JUST SIMPLY GO BY MONZA,
MONZIE OR MON-BON.
ANYWAYS...
I HAVE A CRAFT INSTRUMENT TO
FINISH.

The caption changes to "The neck."

Monica says ALRIGHT, FOR THIS STEP
TIE THE STRING THROUGH THE HOLE
THAT'S IN THE WOODEN HOLE HERE
AND WRAP THE REST OF THE STRING
AROUND THE DOWEL.
PUT A LITTLE TAPE AT THE TOP OF
THE RULER SO IT ISN'T SLIPPY.
TAKE THE RING SCREW AND USE IT
TO ATTACH THE TWO RULERS.
THEN PUT THE WOODEN DOWEL ON TOP
RIGHT IN BETWEEN.
IT'S WORKING GREAT SO FAR.
I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITH
THIS BANJO CRAFT INSTRUMENT.
BEST OF ALL THERE ARE NO STRINGS
ATTACHED.
GET IT?
BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ACTUAL
MUSICAL STRINGS HERE BUT
TECHNICALLY THERE IS ONE I
GUESS.
NEVERMIND ALMOST DONE.
MONICA, FOCUS.

The caption changes to "The notes."

Monica says ALL RIGHT.
FOR THE SECOND LAST STEP CLAMP
IT ON TOP LIKE THIS.

She uses the clip to clamp the ends of the rulers together.

She says THIS CLIP HOLDS EVERYTHING INTO
PLACE.
FOR THE LAST STEP ALL I HAVE TO
DO IS SQUEEZE THE TWO RULERS
TOGETHER TO CHANGE THE PITCH OF
THE STRING WHEN STRUMMING IT.
PLAY, Y'ALL.

She plays the banjo.

(music plays)

Monica says I AM READY FOR A HOEDOWN
THROWDOWN.
WHILE I GET THIS JAM SESSION SET
UP MEET ARROW WHO LOVES PLAYING
THE BANJO BUT IS SUPER TALENTED
AT IT.

The caption changes to "Eero. Junior jammer."

Eero is around 11, with long straight blond hair and wears a black and gray sweater.

He says I AM EERO AND I CAN GET
COUNTRY ON THE BANJO.

(music plays)

The caption changes to "First notes."

Eero says I HAVE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC SINCE
I WAS THREE AND MY FIRST
INSTRUMENT WAS PIANO.
SINCE THEN I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO
PLAY GUITAR, THE TROMBONE.
THE UKULELE AND BANJO.
THE REASON THAT I STARTED
PLAYING THE BANJO IS THAT I LOVE
COUNTRY MUSIC LIKE THE ABRAHAMS
AND MANY OTHERS.
THE WAY I LEARNED HOW TO PLAY
THE BANJO IS MY TEACHER GOT CORN
FOR ME AND I FIGURED OUT PICKING
PATTERNS OFF YOUTUBE.
FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT ME.
I HAVEN'T HAD MY HAIR CUT SINCE
I WAS THREE.
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR IS ORANGE
AND MY TROMBONE IS ORANGE.
I AM A TRIPLET.
I ONCE MADE 200 DOLLAR BUSK WE CAN MY
BROTHER.
REALLY BIG MUSICAL FAMILY.
MY SIBLINGS AND I PLAYED
TOGETHER.
IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE WE ARE
CONNECTING IN THAT ALL OF US
WORK TOGETHER ON THIS.

The caption changes to "The set-up."

Eero says THIS IS MY BANJO.
THESE ARE THE STRINGS.
THIS IS A NECK.
AND THESE LITTLE GUYS ARE THE
FRETS.
THIS IS A TUNING STATION.
THIS IS THE DRUM.
AND THESE THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE
REALLY LONG NAILS THEY ARE PICKS
ON INDIVIDUAL FINGERS.
THEY ARE LIKE CLAWS.
I YODEL WHICH IS A TRADITIONAL
COUNTRY SINGING TECHNIQUE.

He yodels and says YODEL-OH-EE... YODEL-OH-EE

The caption changes to "Mouth-strument."

He says BA BA BAO BAO BA BA BA BAO.
BA BA BAO BAO BA BA BA BAO.

The caption change to "Challenges."

Eero says HARDEST PART ABOUT PLAYING
THE BANJO IS THAT YOU HAVE TO
LEARN MORE PICKING PATTERNS AND
IT'S HARD TO TRANSITION FROM
OTHER INSTRUMENTS LIKE GUITAR
AND PIANO.
I AM JUST STARTING OUT ON THE
BANJO AND THERE ARE MANY OTHER
TECHNIQUES THAT I REALLY WANT TO
LEARN.

The caption changes to "Living the dream."

Eero says I WANT TO BE A PROFESSIONAL
BANJO PLAYER WHEN I GROW UP.
WHAT I AM GOING TO DO TO ACHIEVE
MY DREAM IS PRACTISE HARD, GET
INTO MORE THINGS, DO MORE
PERFORMANCES SO PEOPLE KNOW WHO
I AM.

He says MAKE SOME NOISE!

He plays the banjo and sings a song that goes I HAVE AN OLD FRIEND NAMED
YODELING SAM HE GO AROUND IN A
YODELING VAN SELLING ALL HIS
CANDY TO HIS YODELING FANS
MAKING LOTS OF MONEY WITH HIS
CANDYLAND BRAND
AND HE SAID YODEL-OH-EE
YODEL-OH-EE, YODEL-OH-EE
YODEL-OH-EE, YODEL-OH-EE
YODEL-OH-EE, YODEL-OH-EE
YODEL-OH-EE, YODEL-OH-EE

Rockford says KNOCK, KNOCK.

The drummer says WHO IS THERE?

Rockford says YODEL-OH-EE.

Rocky says YODEL-OH-EE WHO?

Rockford says LET'S LEAVE THE COUNTRY MUSIC
TO THE PROS, ROCKY.

The drummer says THEY ARE TAKING THE STAGE
NOW.

Rocky says THE ABRAHAMS WITH SPECIAL
GUEST HERO AND MONICA.

Rockford yodels.

Back in the studio, Monica says OKAY.
NOW THAT WE ARE ALL EQUIPPED
WITH OUR CHOICE BANJOS I THINK'
TIME TO GET TO THE BANJO BEAT.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

Eero says I AM READY.

James says MONICA, YOU ARE FORGETTING
SOMETHING.

Monica says WHAT'S THAT?

John says YOUR GUIDRUM.

She picks up her instrument and says YES.
PERFECT.
THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER.
COUNT US IN, JOHN.

John says A 1, 2, 3.

(music plays)

The four of them start playing.

The Abrams sing a song that says COTTON CANDY AT THE COUNTY
FAIR
KIDS HANDS IN THE AIR
IT'S THE SAME OLD STORY TOWN
AFTER TOWN
SOMETIMES LIFE IS LIKE A
MERRY-GO-ROUND
WHOA
EVERY FEELING
RUNNING ON MEMORY METAL TO THE
FLOOR
STANDING READY FOR MORE
MAKE AMENDS
BECAUSE LIFE DON'T WAIT
SOME DAY WE ARE GOING TO SAVE
FOR THE YODEL DAY
WHOA, WHOA
WHOA, WHOA
SOME DAY WE WILL STAY BEFORE
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
SOME DAY WE ARE GOING TO STAY
BEFORE THE GOOD OLD DAYS
[Cheering]

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Now another show rolls.

(music plays)

A boy pops up wearing cowboy clothes. He has wavy black hair.

A caption reads "Ranger Dalmar."

Then, a girl pops out of a barrel wearing a cowboy hat. She has curly brown hair. She winks an eye.

A caption reads "Ranger Kara."

Now another boy pops out of a saloon wearing ranger clothes. He has short blond hair.

A caption reads "Ranger Drew."

Now a woman and two bandits sit inside a room.

A caption reads "Mayor McNab, Pinky and Giggles."

Now a man dances crazily as he laughs.

A caption reads "Cookie."

A sign in old Western style with a star on top, reads "The reading rangers."

The sign leaves a brand on a wooden wall.

At a campsite, the rangers and the mayor gather around a bonfire.

Drew says THIS IS THE STORY OF HOLMES.
THE WORLD'S GREATEST SMELLING
DETECTIVE.
HOLMES IS A DETECTIVE WHO
USES HIS KEEN SENSE OF SMELL TO
SOLVE CRIMES.
HIS NOSE ALWAYS KNOWS.

Dalmar says HIS NOSE ALWAYS KNOWS?
HOW MANY NOSES DOES THIS GUY
HAVE?

Drew says JUST ONE.
NOSE AND KNOWS ARE HOMOPHONES.
THEY HAVE DIFFERENT MEANINGS AND
SPELLINGS.
THE THING THAT YOU SMELL WITH
NOSE OR THE KNOWS, THE KNOWLEDGE
THAT YOU HAVE.
THE CASE OF THE MISSING MUSTARD.

At the saloon, Ranger Kara says I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS
TO THAT MUSTARD.

Holmes sniffs and says IT WAS TAKEN BY A BANDIDT
WHO WAS 5'3" AND RODE IN ON AN
ARABIAN STALLION AND JUDGING BY
THE SWEET SMELL OF THE MUSTARD
OF THE NEARBY TOWN OF TWIN
CACTUS.

Kara says WHERE CAN WE FIND THIS
MUSTARD BANDIT?

He points at a bandit sitting at a table and says HE IS SITTING RIGHT THERE!

Kara says AMAZING!

Dalmar says WOW.
HIS NOSE REALLY KNOWS.

Drew says THAT'S RIGHT.
HE COULD SOLVE ALMOST ANY
MYSTERY JUST BY SMELLING THE
CLUES AT THE CRIME SCENE.

At the saloon, Kara says MY HAT.
WHO TOOK MY HAT?

Holmes sniffs and says NOBODY.
IT'S ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD.

Kara gasps and says HIS NOSE ALWAYS KNOWS.

Drew says WHEN ALL THE BOOKS AT THE
DOCVILLE LIBRARY WENT MISSING
EVERYONE SUSPECTED THE MAYOR.

The mayor says BUT NO ONE COULD PROVE
INNOCENCE.

Drew says THEY ALL KNEW THERE WAS ONE
PERSON WHO COULD PUT ALL THE
CLUES TOGETHER.

They all say HOLMES.

Drew says EXCEPT FOR WHEN HE WENT IN TO
INVESTIGATE THE MAYOR.
HE HAD A TERRIBLE COLD.
THE ONLY THING HIS NOSE KNEW HOW
TO DO WAS RUN.

At the Mayor's office, Holmes sneezes and says AH-CHOO!

The Mayor says DOES THE DETECTIVE HAVE THE
SNIFFLES?
WHAT'S THERE?

Holmes says I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW, MAYOR
McNABB, THAT MY POWERS OF
DEDUCTION GO WELL BEYOND MY KEEN
SENSE OF SMELL.

The Mayor says OH, REALLY.

Holmes says JUDGING BY THE PAPER CUTS ON
YOUR FINGERS I WOULD SAY YOU HAD
A LOT OF BOOKS LATELY.

The Mayor says WELL, DO I LOVE TO READ.

Holmes says YES, BUT HE IS NOT SNEEZING
FROM A COLD LIKE I AM.
NO, HE IS SNEEZING FROM A NUT
ALLERGY THAT CAN BE BROUGHT ON
BY HAVING A LARGE PILE OF OLD
BOOKS LIKE WOULD YOU FIND IN A
LIBRARY!

He points at a weird looking chair and says I FINALLY DEDUCED THAT THIS SCAM
DOES NOT FIT IN WITH THE DECOR
OF YOUR OFFICE WHICH MEANS IT
MUST BE HIDING SOMETHING.

He uncovers the pile of stolen books.

Pinky says WHAT?
THAT'S AMAZING.
THIS NOSE IS THE ONLY THING THAT
KNOWS.
HE KNOWS TOO.

Back at the campsite, Drew says ANOTHER CASE SOLVED BY THE
INCREDIBLE SCENT LOCK HOLMES.

Dalmar says I GUESS WHEN YOUR NOSE ALWAYS
KNOLLS THE RESTS OF YOU GETS TO
BE PRETTY GOOD, TOO.

Drew says ELEMENTARY MY DEAR RANGER DALMAR,
ELEMENTARY.

Dalmar says DO YOU GUYS SMELL THAT?

An episode of "Bookaneers" roll.

In animation, Pirate Fibber and Pirate Skaggs fall off of a pirate ship and then climb back into it again, a song says WE ARE AN EMPTY SHIP AND WE EVEN HELP TO SAIL A BOAT BECAUSE WE WERE ALONE.

The song continues BECAUSE WE WERE ALONE

The spirit of a pirate appears behind them.

The animation ends.

Skaggs is a male pirate that wears black trousers, a red and white striped T-shirt and a black and white polka dotted headscarf.

Fibber is a female pirate that wears black trousers, leather boots, a white blouse, a red velvet vest and a red velvet headband.

Sitting on the deck, Skaggs says LUCKY THING WE FOUND THIS
BOAT, ROY.

Fibber says WE CAN'T SAIL THE BOAT
WITHOUT A CLUE.

Skaggs says SURE WE CAN.
I BROUGHT ME PIRATE HANDBOOK.
WHEN ONLY TWO PIRATES ARE
PRESENT ONE PIRATE SHOULD
MAINTAIN THE STERN AND THE OTHER
THE BOW.

Fibber says WELL, YOU TAKE THE BOW, THEN.

The boat ghost wakes up and appears on the deck.

Skaggs says HOW LONG AM I SUPPOSED TO
HOLD THIS BOW FOR, SKIPPER?
MY BACK IS GETTING SORE.

Fibber says I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER
WORD OF COMPLAINING AFTER YOU.
BECAUSE I AM VERY STERN AND I AM
PUTTING MY FOOT...

The pirates scream and run as they see the ghost.

The ghost says SWAB.
WHAT'S ALL THIS BLUBBERING
ABOUT?

Skaggs says BOOK TOLD US ONE PIRATE SHOULD
MAINTAIN THE BOW.AND THE OTHER PIRATE SHOULD
MAINTAIN THE STERN.

The ghost says BOW AND STERN ARE HOMONYMS
THAT WESTBOUND WHEN TWO WORDS
LOOK AND SOUND THE SAME BUT HAVE
DIFFERENT MEANINGS.
FOR EXAMPLE BOW CAN MEAN TO
PITCH FORWARD AT THE WAIST LIKE
SO AND IT CAN ALSO MEAN THE
BRUNT OF THE BOAT.
WHEN STERN MEANS TO BE HARSH AND
FIRM STERN CAN ALSO BE THE BACK
OF THE BOAT.
YOU SEE MY MEANING?

Fibber says HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO TELL
WHICH ONE THE BOOK MEANS?

The ghost says WELL, IT DEPENDS ON THE
CONTEXT OR WHERE YOU ARE READING
ABOUT IT.
NOW SAY WERE YOU READING A BOOK
ABOUT OH, I DON'T KNOW BOAT.
WELL, YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT THEY
WOULD MEAN, WOULDN'T YOU?

Skaggs says THE BOAT'S BOW THEN JUST LIKE
THE BOAT BOOK SUGGESTS.

He runs away.

Suddenly, the ghost's legs split form the torso and walk behind Skaggs.

Fibber says THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

The ghost says IT'S NOT RIGHT.
BECAUSE THEY LEFT.
HAR, HAR, HAR.
THEY LEFT.
OH, I WILL EXPLAIN IT TO YOU.

The episode ends.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

A caption reads "TVO Kids would like to thank all the teachers involved in the Power Hour of Learning as they continue to teach the children of Ontario from their homes."

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