Math 5: Fitting Furniture

Melvin the Mover is here to demystify your measurements!

5th GradeMath
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:26

may have messed up.

00:27

All this furniture isn’t going to fit.

00:29

Darlene wants to cry.

00:31

What’s she gonna do?

00:32

It’s not like she can put a desk on top of a couch.

00:35

Disaster would surely follow. [Desk stacked awkwardly on top of a couch]

00:37

Melvin the delivery guy tells her…"never fear…

00:40

Melvin is here!"

00:41

He knows how to solve the problem lickety-split…

00:43

Because that’s just the kind of thing delivery guys do.

00:46

Darlene is like…"Umm, OK, I guess.

00:48

So what do we do?"

00:49

Melvin first sketches up a quick floor plan of the office.

00:52

It’s to scale and everything, because Melvin is super awesome like that. [Melvin smiles and put his thumbs up]

00:56

Darlene doesn’t get what Melvin is doing.

00:58

He tells her that all of this could’ve been avoided if she’d added together the lengths

01:02

of the pieces of furniture she ordered to make she sure they fit the room’s dimensions.

01:06

Darlene is like…"Is that some secret delivery guy language?

01:08

Cause I have no idea what you’re talking about."

01:10

So Melvin breaks it down for her.

01:12

He shows her on the floor plan where one wall of her office is 10 feet long.

01:15

But she wants to put a desk there that’s 5 and a 1/2 feet long and a couch that’s

01:19

6 and a 1/2 feet long.

01:20

Now, Darlene is seeing her horrible mistake.

01:23

She adds up the dimensions of the furniture, using her amazing fraction adding skills, [Darlene gasps as she understands]

01:27

and sees that together they equal 12 feet.

01:29

There’s no way that 12 feet worth of furniture is going to fit along a 10 foot wall.

01:34

Darlene is ready to give up, go home, cry, and eat a pound of brownies.

01:37

But Melvin suggests that she just put the couch on another wall instead.

01:40

So they sketch it out on the floor plan and check to see if it fits with the other furniture.

01:45

It does.

01:46

Awesome Melvin strikes again!

01:47

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]

01:50

The wall is 15 and 3/4 feet long, and both of the tables she ordered are 8 and 1/4.

01:55

8 and 1/4 plus 8 and 1/4 is 16 and a 1/2, which is definitely bigger than 15 and 3/4.

02:01

Melvin tells Darlene that he believes in her.

02:03

He knows that deep in her heart, she knows how to solve the problem.

02:06

Determined to show the world that she’s perfectly capable of ordering office furniture

02:09

for herself, Darlene goes online and finds some smaller tables. [Darlene sits in front of a computer]

02:12

One is 6 and 1/4 feet long and other is 3 and 3/4.

02:16

She adds them together and gets 9 and 10.

02:18

Darlene knows 10 is less than 15 and 3/4, so these new tables will surely fit along

02:23

the lunch room wall.

02:25

Melvin leaves, confident that the next time he returns all of Darlene’s furniture purchases [Melvin drives away in his van]

02:29

will surely fit.

02:30

All in a day's work, for Melvin the Magnificent.

02:33

What?

02:34

Every superhero needs an alter-ego.

02:36

Brainy delivery man works as well as anything else. [Mevlin in super hero costume flies off like superman]