Melvin the Mover is here to demystify your measurements!
|Elementary and Middle School||5th Grade|
may have messed up.
All this furniture isn’t going to fit.
Darlene wants to cry.
What’s she gonna do?
It’s not like she can put a desk on top of a couch.
Disaster would surely follow. [Desk stacked awkwardly on top of a couch]
Melvin the delivery guy tells her…"never fear…
Melvin is here!"
He knows how to solve the problem lickety-split…
Because that’s just the kind of thing delivery guys do.
Darlene is like…"Umm, OK, I guess.
So what do we do?"
Melvin first sketches up a quick floor plan of the office.
It’s to scale and everything, because Melvin is super awesome like that. [Melvin smiles and put his thumbs up]
Darlene doesn’t get what Melvin is doing.
He tells her that all of this could’ve been avoided if she’d added together the lengths
of the pieces of furniture she ordered to make she sure they fit the room’s dimensions.
Darlene is like…"Is that some secret delivery guy language?
Cause I have no idea what you’re talking about."
So Melvin breaks it down for her.
He shows her on the floor plan where one wall of her office is 10 feet long.
But she wants to put a desk there that’s 5 and a 1/2 feet long and a couch that’s
6 and a 1/2 feet long.
Now, Darlene is seeing her horrible mistake.
She adds up the dimensions of the furniture, using her amazing fraction adding skills, [Darlene gasps as she understands]
and sees that together they equal 12 feet.
There’s no way that 12 feet worth of furniture is going to fit along a 10 foot wall.
Darlene is ready to give up, go home, cry, and eat a pound of brownies.
But Melvin suggests that she just put the couch on another wall instead.
So they sketch it out on the floor plan and check to see if it fits with the other furniture.
Awesome Melvin strikes again!
The two tables Darlene ordered for the lunch room are a different story. [Darlene and Melvin into the lunch room where the two tables are piled on top of each other]
The wall is 15 and 3/4 feet long, and both of the tables she ordered are 8 and 1/4.
8 and 1/4 plus 8 and 1/4 is 16 and a 1/2, which is definitely bigger than 15 and 3/4.
Melvin tells Darlene that he believes in her.
He knows that deep in her heart, she knows how to solve the problem.
Determined to show the world that she’s perfectly capable of ordering office furniture
for herself, Darlene goes online and finds some smaller tables. [Darlene sits in front of a computer]
One is 6 and 1/4 feet long and other is 3 and 3/4.
She adds them together and gets 9 and 10.
Darlene knows 10 is less than 15 and 3/4, so these new tables will surely fit along
the lunch room wall.
Melvin leaves, confident that the next time he returns all of Darlene’s furniture purchases [Melvin drives away in his van]
will surely fit.
All in a day's work, for Melvin the Magnificent.
Every superhero needs an alter-ego.
Brainy delivery man works as well as anything else. [Mevlin in super hero costume flies off like superman]