Source: Cyberchase: "The Halloween Howl"
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca is babysitting two young girls on Halloween. When their mother is late, she has to take them trick-or-treating even though it is her birthday. To thank her, the girls combine their Halloween candy and then share it equally amongst themselves and Bianca.
Everyday Math (2004)
Teacher Lesson Guide: pp. 105, 462, 920
Teacher Reference Manual: pp. 145-148.
Student Reference Book: pp. 69
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: Sometimes we get a number of items, like candy or money, and we want to share them with others in a fair way. What does a “fair share” mean to you? You may have heard the expression, “dividing it up,” or “splitting it up” when things are shared. What kinds of math are involved in a process like that?
Focus: As you watch the video segment, think about how the girls made sure that they divided up the Halloween candy in a fair and equal way. Consider what kinds of math they used.
Follow Up: What math operations did the girls use to help them solve the problem of sharing the candy fairly? Did they use more than one mathematical operation as they worked out this problem? Did they use any short-cuts in the way that they divided the candy up? If you were given a bag of candy and you had to share it with three friends, how would you go about doing it?
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