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# Planning a Paper Route

Resource for Grades 3-5

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Running Time: 3m 25s
Size: 9.5 MB

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Source: Cyberchase: "Problem Solving in Shangri-La"

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Harry agrees to take over his brother Pete's paper route for a week. After starting the job, he realizes the route was not planned out very well. He tries to rework it by analyzing the list of addresses. After making some adjustments to his list, he is able to create a new, easier and more efficient route.

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Frame/Focus

Here are some Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions for using this video in a math lesson.

What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?

Frame: Lists are a useful tool when organizing data. When creating a list you have the ability to sort the items in whatever way is most helpful to you depending on what you plan to use the list for. If you were making a shopping list for the grocery store and wanted to minimize the time spent in the store, how would you organize your list? What about if you had a list of books to search for in the library? What are the possible ways you could organize the list of titles? How would you organize the titles in order to cut down the time needed to find all the books?

Focus: As you watch the segment, take note of how Harry decides to sort his list of home addresses. What are the steps he takes to solve his problem?

• What is Harry's problem with his brother's paper route?
• How is the list of addresses organized during his first trip?
• What does Harry do to change the route?
• How does he decide to sort the list?

Transcript

Matt: My younger brother Pete asked me to do him a favor. He needs me to take over his paper route for the next week. I said, no way, paper routes are for kids. I pointed out that I’ve already had grown-up type jobs: in a hair salon, in a bakery, and in a deli. He pointed out that those jobs didn’t last very long. So we made a deal. He agreed that if I did this for him, he would make me pancakes for breakfast every day for a whole month. On top of that I get to make a few bucks. I sure hope this doesn’t take too long. Let’s see. First on the list: the Collins. 6015 Tyndall Avenue.

Matt: Let’s see, who’s next on the list? The Delgado's at 601 Fieldstone. That’s 2 blocks away.

Matt: Now, off to the O’Hanlins it’s 6024 Tyndall Avenue. Tyndall Avenue? I was just there. This list is whacked--the names are listed alphabetically, they should be grouped by street. First I’ll circle all the houses on Tyndall, then I’ll put them in numerical order.

Matt: All this zigzagging across the street is ridiculous. This takes way too much energy. Huh! There seems to be a pattern. All the odd numbered houses are on one side of the street and the even-numbered houses are on the other side. This list should be organized by address. I’ll separate the odd-numbered houses from the even-numbered ones, and then I’ll deliver to all the addresses on one side of the street, and then to those on the other.

Matt: Pete conveniently forgot to tell me that the last delivery is at the top of this hill. I must protest. Pete will be hearing from my attorney. I see two months of pancake breakfasts in my future. I’ve got an idea. Sometimes you can solve a problem by working backwards, what goes up must come down. Instead of using a route that ends up at this house, I should start my delivery here. It makes more sense to have the truck drop off my papers at the top of the hill. It’s all down hill from here.

Matt: It’s day 30 of pancake breakfasts. I feel awful. I can’t eat another bite. I gotta get some exercise. Pete, can I take over your paper route? I’ll make you a deal. If you let me I’ll do your chores for a month. Please, two months.

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