Source: Cyberchase: "The Poddleville Case"
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad races Hacker to open a locked vault. The lock can only be opened by completing a double pattern that involves both numbers and shapes. The CyberSquad must figure out what the pattern is and then complete it before Hacker does.
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: Let’s say you saw the following pattern painted on a wall: a blue 2, a red 4, a blue 6, a red 8, a blue 10, and a red 12. How would you describe this pattern? What color/number combination would come next? How do you know?
Focus: As you watch this video segment, you’ll see that Jackie works with the rest of the CyberSquad to try to complete the pattern on the vault’s lock. Describe the pattern that finally works. Why does Jackie call it a “double pattern”?
Follow Up: The CyberSquad had to deal with a double pattern. What two attributes did the pattern on the lock feature? If you were making a number pattern, what other feature or attribute could you add to make it a double pattern? Try to create a double pattern of your own.
JACKIE: We've got to solve the pattern before they do and beat them into the vault! They got two pods in just by guessing...that gives us a start. Go keep an eye on them while I try to figure this thing out.
HACKER: Now my nattering numbskulls - observe the master!
BUZZ: Yeah, excellent. Brilliant, boss, brilliant! Yeah, it’s dumb luck, really.
PODDLING: They've got another one!
JACKIE: What do they have now?
PODDLING: It's a triangle 7, but I think it was just a lucky guess.
JACKIE: Alright, now what’s the pattern? ...let me see...11, 9, 7...I get it I get it! The pattern is odd numbers going down from 11. So, the next number should be a 5! Hand me a 5! The Poddling picks up a square 5. Jackie fits it into the recess. It worked!
JACKIE: 11, 9, 7, 5... so the next number has got to be...Oh no! It didn't work! So what is the pattern?
BUZZ/DELETE: All right, boss!
JACKIE: Oh no! They're catching up! We need help on this.
JACKIE: Matt! Inez! ...Can you hear me?
INEZ: Jackie! Yes, we can hear you.
JACKIE: I need your help figuring out the pattern for the lock on the vault.
MATT: What's the pattern so far?
JACKIE: I've got an 11, 9, 7, 5.
INEZ: It sounds like odd numbers.
JACKIE: ...in descending order, I know. But when I tried a 3, it didn't work.
MATT: She told us the numbers, but what about the shapes?
INEZ: You're right, Matt! Jackie! What are the shapes?
JACKIE: Okay, the shapes go square, circle, triangle, square. Wait a minute! Maybe it's a double pattern. Numbers and shapes! And if it's a double pattern...the next one should be a...
PODDLING: ...circle 3?
JACKIE: Yes! Hooray! We got it going!
JACKIE: Matt! Inez! It worked! It IS a double pattern!
BUZZ/DELETE: Alright, you're the boss, you're the boss. Ha ha, boss!
JACKIE: Oh no! It sounds like they got another one! We just need one more pod. It's got to be a 1...and it's got to be a square, circle, triangle, square, circle...TRIANGLE! We need a triangle 1!
JACKIE: Do they have one? Of course they don't have one! I was disguised as a triangle 1 - that's why they kidnapped me! She starts to pace back and forth. Oh man... What are we gonna do? If we go out to find a triangle 1, we may get caught.
PODDLING: No! We can't get caught!
JACKIE: Wait a minute...you're a triangle! And you're a number one. Maybe you'll work...?
BUZZ/DELETE: Way to go! Yeah, boss, yeah. Get down.
HACKER: Oh I am so good...only one more egg to go...and it's a 1. Hand me the egg, please...
PODDLING: I'm not so sure about this...
JACKIE: Come on! It's our only chance.
HACKER: The egg, please.
JACKIE: Take a deep breath and suck it in! We're in!
HACKER: You idiots!!! Where is the triangle 1?
BUZZ: It was right here boss.
JACKIE: Sorry to ruin your day, Hacker, but the power's in the pattern! And in this case, it's a double pattern!
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