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Let's enjoy Math with Barky the Dog

さんすう犬ワン [NHK]

This is an educational program with a new approach, teaching the basics of mathematics through everyday problem-solving situations in a comedy-drama style. The main character is Barky, a dog that works in a "math police office". Numbler, the comic villain, misguides people into making common mathematical errors in their daily activities. Barky and his fellow human "math police" officers solve the problems in creative and logical ways. The entertaining format will help elementary school children discover that "math is fun".

SERIES How Do You Divide Equally? -Fractions-


同じおおきさにわけるには? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

Children wish to share a cake, but are confused when Numbler cuts the cake into different shapes. Are the pieces equal in size? Barky uses the basics of fractions and geometry to prove that the pieces are indeed equal.

SERIES Which file? Which cake? -Counting-


なんばんめ? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

Numbler erases a part of a cake delivery memo, resulting in the delivery of four cakes instead of one. Barky solves the mystery by demonstrating the difference between ordinal numbers and cardinal numbers.

SERIES How Many Minutes? -Calculating Time-


あとなんぷん? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

How many minutes are there from 10:40 to 11:20? Numbler misdirects the sushi delivery clerk by having him subtract 20 from 40, and the clerk panics. Barky uses a clock to explain the movements of the long and short hands, and finds out the correct time.

SERIES Can You Make a Measure? -Units of Length-


ものさしつくれる? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

Numbler hides the measuring stick at a shoe shop so that a customer’s foot cannot be measured. Barky realizes that the measurement can be made by counting how many 1-centimeter items are needed, and the customer’s foot is measured successfully.

SERIES Can You Count Them? -Numbers Larger Than 10-


かぞえられるかな? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

Numbler comes and distracts a boy trying to count his cows at a farm. Barky helps with the counting by grouping the cows into units of 10.

SERIES How Do You Make a Circle? -Circles-


まるってなに? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

A toymaker is confused by Numbler and attaches the stems of his spinning tops incorrectly. Barky illustrates how to find the center of a circle by drawing diameters, and helps him properly complete the tops.

SERIES What Do You Do with the Remainder?-Divisions-


あまりはどうする? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

How many benches seating 4 are needed for 14 children? Numbler misguides the children into preparing 3 benches, but Barky steps in to illustrate how to understand divisions and remainders, concluding that 1 more bench is needed.

SERIES Which One is Longer?-Comparing Lengths-


どちらがながい? [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2014

Children cleaning the classroom want to know whether a large desk can pass through the doorway. Numbler’s magic makes the desk immovable so that they cannot carry it, but Barky shows them how to compare lengths and widths by using a ribbon.

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