In this video segment from Cyberchase, Harry is going on a date with Jenna. While getting ready he makes a budget detailing what he thinks the date will cost him. Then he makes sure he has the correct amount of money. When his cousin Harley unexpectedly shows up, Harry must pay for his meal, too. Harry finds he must calculate costs and adjust his budget throughout dinner.
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: You may have heard people talking about budgets. A budget is basically a planned estimate of how much something, like a trip, will cost. How would you go about making a budget for a trip to the movies? What kind of things would cost money at the movies?
Focus: As you watch this segment, first notice what items Harry makes estimates about for his big date. Why does Harry have to adjust his budget at the restaurant? How does he do it? Does he use any addition or subtraction?
Follow Up: What kind of changes did Harry have to make to his budget at the restaurant? Plan a budget for a trip to see a major league baseball game. Write down all the things you would spend money on, and total it up. How much would it cost?
HARRY: I'm going on a date with Jenna. She’s so sweet! Hello. Oh, hi Harley. Really? That's terrible. Well, sure. You can stay here. Sure, see you soon.
That was my cousin Harley from Hollywood. He’s passing through town and he lost his wallet with all his money. I better make sure I have enough money for tonight.
Flowers $10, chocolates $8, 2 dinners $20 each, that’s $40, $14 for desserts for both of us, $12 for tax and tip, $16 for taxis. If I stay on budget, this’ll be a perfect date.
Hey Harley, how, how you doin'?
HARLEY: What a miserable day. First, my plane was late. Then, the guy next to me snored the entire flight. Then, I lost my wallet!
HARRY: Just relax, watch some TV, and I'll see you later.
HARLEY: Where you going?
HARRY: Out to a restaurant called The New Leaf
HARLEY: I’m going with you.
HARRY: Oh, uh, but you see, Jenna and I had a date, and…
HARLEY: Come on, it’ll be fun! Let's go.
HARLEY: And then, after the awards, I went to this wonderful party. All the biggest stars were there… Leonardo, Amanda… I danced with Hillary. She's very sweet.
JENNA: I'll have the pasta primavera.
HARRY: Jenna's meal is $10 ---that’s $10 less than I budgeted.
HARLEY: I'll have the steak.
HARRY: Great! His dinner is $25! If I want to stay on budget, I can only spend $5 for my dinner. Can I please get a grilled cheese sandwich? Thanks.
JENNA: I’ll have the crème brulee, please.
HARRY: Jenna’s dessert is $10. If I'm going to stay on budget, there's only $4 left for one more dessert.
HARLEY: I’ll have the--
HARRY: Excuse us. Look, when I ask you if you want a dessert just say no, got it? One crème brulee, I'll have the rice pudding and, Harley, what will you have?
HARLEY: Nothing for me.
HARRY: Oh, are you sure? Uh, the desserts are really great.
HARLEY: Okay, I’ll have rice pudding, too.
HARRY: If you order dessert, I won’t have enough money, so just say no, got it?
HARLEY: Sorry, my bad.
HARRY: I'll have the rice pudding. And, Harley, what will you have?
HARRY: Are you sure? Positive?
HARLEY: Well, I…Nothing for me
HARRY: Harley, would you like half of my dessert? I’m right on budget, with just enough money for a taxi. You know I only offered you half.
HARLEY But my half was on the bottom.
HARLEY: So, you know, it really begs the question, why wear a Rolex, when you can have a Cartier, right? I mean this thing is custom-made, diamond-encrusted. It’s beautiful, really, you gotta see it…
HARLEY: Hey, what about me?
HARRY: Sorry, my bad.
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