Source: Cyberchase: “The Flying Parallinis”
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca injures her ankle while skateboarding and is confined to her bed. She has trouble reaching a few objects from her bed until her friend gives her a device made up of collapsible parallelograms. Bianca finds that by adjusting the parallelograms, she can now extend her reach.
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: There are lots of different shapes around us. Name some of the shapes you know. Are there certain shape names that could include other shapes? For example, polygons are closed 2-D figures formed by line segments. That definition could include a lot of shapes. Can you name two different polygons?
Focus: In this video segment, Bianca has a device made up a particular shape. What does she call the shape? How would you describe the characteristics of the shape on Bianca’s device?
Follow Up: Why do you think a parallelogram has the root word parallel in it? Is there more than one type of parallelogram? Can you name some?
KIM: Oh geez, I’m sorry, I hit a pebble and totally lost con-...Bianca!
KIM: How are you doin'?
BIANCA: Good! How are you?
KIM: Ah, I was just going to go to the skate park, and practice my kick flips. Do you want to come watch?
BIANCA: Yeah! Totally! There's Tony...I had a secret crush on him in school...
KIM: Hey, Tony.
KIM: Uh, you remember my friend, Bianca, right?
TONY: Sure. Hi.
KIM: Well, I'm gonna go practice skating...I’ll be back in a little bit.
TONY: Wow, did you see that! She's great!
KIM: Wow, I really need to practice more.
TONY: You looked pretty good to me.
BIANCA: May I borrow your board, please?
KIM: Ah, you know how to skate?
BIANCA: Yeah, I've been known to do a few flip kicks every now and then.
KIM: Ah, you mean kick flips...right?
BIANCA: Yeah, those too.........Aaah! My ankle! Ow!
BIANCA: Hello? Oh, hi, Kim. How am I doing? Well, let's see...the doctor told me I can't use my foot for 6 weeks. Everything is too far to reach...hold on a second...I have another call...Hello! Oh hi Tony. How are you? I’m doing really well, thank you for asking. Well, thank you for calling. And you can call again if you want to. Bye. KIM: Hey, Bianca.
KIM: I can only stay for a minute, I'm late for a skateboarding competition. But, I wanted to bring you some flowers...
BIANCA: Thank you.
KIM: And something to make your life a little easier while you're recuperating.
BIANCA: What is it?
KIM: Ah, I gotta go, but you'll figure it out.
BIANCA: Ok. Good luck!
KIM: Thank you.
BIANCA: This moves like my broken picture frame. When I flatten the sides of these parallelograms, I can reach farther, without changing the length of the sides. Wooo! Nice one!
TONY: Let me get that for you.
BIANCA: No, no, I got it. But you can keep me company....... Yeah, Kim!
TONY: Alright Kim!
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