Viewing Activities
BEGIN the video at the beginning of the episode starting with
the cartoon introduction of Buster the Parrot and Maria Lopez at the news desk..
PAUSE The Video after Aussie, the caller, tells how much she
gets paid to mow the lawn. Ask students if they mow their lawn at home. How much do they
get paid? Is their lawn large? Is it worth it?
RESUME the Video and PAUSE the Video after the episode of
"Daddy Knows Best" returns to the news station with Buster the Parrot and Maria,
immediately following her statement, "further viewing is required." Have
students respond to the following oral questions:
 Do you think it will be worth 1 cent per square meter?
 In order to receive about 10 dollars for the job, would the
lawn need to be very large? How can you determine this?
 If the lawn were 500 square meters, estimate how much you
think the son would earn.
 How large do you think a 500 square meter lawn would be?
 About how much money do you think you could make mowing your
own lawn at this price?
RESUME Video and PAUSE after Daddy Amberson finds out his
machine does not work. Ask students how they might determine the area. Do they know? Ask
for volunteers to illustrate their methods on the chalkboard or overhead projector. Make
sure only about 57 minutes is allowed for this demonstration.
RESUME Video and PAUSE after Daddy Amberson says,
"I don't know how to find the area of a big "U" shape." Ask students
how they might solve for the area of the yard. Give them an overhead illustration or
diagram on the chalkboard. Allow time for discussion of ideas to take place.
RESUME Video and PAUSE after the caller says, "I'm into
the environment for the big bucks." Ask students if they could divide the lawn into
different ways to increase the area. Have a volunteer demonstrate how you could or could
not.
RESUME Video and PAUSE after the prosecutor says, "I
rest my case." Ask the students the following questions:
 Who would you rule in favor of?
 Which do you think is bigger? Smaller?
 Do you think they are the same size?
 What do you estimate the two sizes to be?
 How could you know the exact size of each?
RESUME the Video and STOP the Video after Maria says,
"See you next time on Math Talk."

Post Viewing
Activities
Have students do a prewriting activity in which they estimate
what it costs to have the school's lawn mowed. How long do they think it would take them?
What do you think is a fair price? How much would you charge? What are some factors that
may affect the price of mowing the lawn?
Divide students into groups of three. Assign them different
portions of the school property, and have them measure lengths and widths of various
sections of lawn with their 30 meter tape measures.
Have each group create a diagram of their portion of lawn
(using Autocad or Minicad if available) while computing the area.
Have each group determine the cost to mow the lawn if they
pay someone I cent per square meter.
Have students combine their data to determine the total area
of the school's lawn and the cost to mow it. Using the computer software available (or
sketching), draw a diagram of the entire schoolyard labeling measurements and areas.
Incorporate a problem solving activity to determine the cost
of fuel to mow the entire lawn.
Finalize the project by having students interview a custodial
worker to find out how much is paid to mow the school's grass. Have them put together a
written formal assessment (using a word processing program) of how much it costs to mow
the school lawn, how much time it takes, and how much money is spent on gas, determining
whether or not the school is spending their money wisely.
Extensions
 Have students find the cost of the Mona Lisa and determine
what it is worth per square inch.
 Have students find what percent of their home state's area is
water, forest, farms, etc.
 Have the students research the foundations of area. What
mathematicians used area formulas a lot in their work?
 Have students choose a career that interests them and see how
area is used in the profession. Have students interview a representative or worker from
the profession to inquire about these calculations.
 Talk to various golf course managers to determine the area of
their courses, and what it costs to take care of them. Compare three or four courses to
see which is saving the most money.
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