Source: Cyberchase: “Shari Spotter and the Cosmic Crumpets”
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Hacker has consumed most of the power-supplying Cosmic Crumpets. Only pieces of crumpets are left. The CyberSquad must help Shari Spotter to restore the Frogsnorts wizards’ power by putting the remaining pieces of crumpets together, which involves the addition of fractions and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. Then they must share the pieces equally among the seven wizards.
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: If you ate half an apple, but were still hungry and ate another half, how much of an apple would you have eaten? What if you ate another half after that? Although fractions describe amounts that are less than one whole, these same fractions can be combined to create amounts that equal one whole or an even greater amount. Maybe the trickiest part of this is when you are adding different size fractions, like half an apple and a fourth of an apple. How would you go about figuring out how much apple that would be?
Focus: As you watch this segment, notice how the CyberSquad has to combine different sizes of Cosmic Crumpet pieces. Use a paper and pencil to record which fractional pieces they find and how they combine them. How many Cosmic Crumpets did they put together?
Follow Up: The CyberSquad put together the fractional pieces of the Cosmic Crumpets and then had to divide that up equally among the wizards. How did they put the pieces together, and then divide them up equally? How did diagrams and equations help the Cybersquad figure the problem out? If you were given 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 pieces of Cosmic Crumpets, how would you put the pieces together, and then divide the result equally among six wizards?
STUMBLESNORE: Power of the crumpets must be shared ...or for chaos be prepared! Magic forces...heed my word! Let this year's powers be conferred!
BUZZ: Lower the mirrors Dedee!
JACKIE: What's that up there?
DELETE: Now, Buzzy! Point the reflectors at the boss!
MATT: Oh, no! Hacker's sucking up all the power!
HACKER: Yeeeeeee-haaaaaa! Ha Ha Ha! Time flies, tick tock. Hello carrot, goodbye clock! Ha-ha-ha! He waves his wand and a emanates from it.
SHARI: Professor, Professor...we have to stop Hacker or he'll destroy Frogsnorts. Please tell us how!
STUMBLESNORE: Power of the crumpets must be shared or for chaos be prepared!
SHARI: We know that part - chaos is already here!
STUMBLESNORE: United...the power is greater than one!
JACKIE: But Hacker's got all the power!
MATT: Not all of it. There's still some cosmic cookie pieces left!
INEZ: I wonder...what would happen if we divide what's left of the crumpets among the seven sorcerers?
SHARI: Professor, would that make the sorcerers stronger than Hacker?
STUMBLESNORE: Only if division is equally done, then united that power is greater than one!
SHARI: We have a chance! We've got to divide the unburned pieces equally among the seven sorcerers!
WICKED: Ohh! Would you look at my Hackie?
WICKED: So powerful! So masterful! So...why is he looking at us like that!?
HACKER: Buzz, Delete, you're much too lazy. Better off, being a daisy!
WICKED: Uh-uh! My Hackie-poo's out of control! Stop with the spells, honey. It's me, your beloved Wicked!
HACKER: A hank of hair, a single bone. For the last time, I work alone!
WICKED'S: VOICE Has anyone seen my broom?
MATT: Let's see what we've got to work with. That big piece looks like a whole cookie with one-fourth missing - which makes it three-fourths of a crumpet.
JACKIE: And each of those other pieces is one-half of a crumpet.
MATT: And two halves make a whole. So we've got one and three fourths crumpets!
DIGIT: To share equally seven ways! How are we going to do that?
SHARI: I've got it! Remember how I found out you can write fractions two different ways? Well, let's turn oneand three-quarters into a top-heavy fraction.
JACKIE: Let's try it! Okay, the one is just the same as four fourths.
MATT: And four fourths plus three fourths is...seven fourths!
INEZ: That's seven pieces...for seven sorcerers...They each get a one fourth piece!
SHARI: And here they are...one...two... three...four...five...six...seven!
MATT: Quick! Get 'em in a circle!
JACKIE: This better work!
STUMBLESNORE: I'm too weak, Shari...you say it.
INEZ: Here comes Hacker!
MATT: Hurry, Shari!
SHARI: Okay, okay, I'll try. Magic forces...heed my word. Let this year's powers be... conferred!
HACKER: At last, the time is here...Kids and Digit, dis-a-pe--
MINI-HACKER: Ahh! Wicked? Dear? I could use some of your magic right now. Oh, sweetheart?
MINI-HACKER: Darling? Where are you, puddin'?
ABERNATHY: Oh! Whoa. Thank-you! Did I miss something?
SHARI: Matthew you were so brilliant!
MATT: Well, actually...it wasn't just me. We all figured it out together. Right, guys?
INEZ/JACKIE/DIGIT: Yup! We're a team! The Cybersquad!
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