Fransel and Stetl, who had always boasted clear, unblemished flesh… [Fransel and Stetl cursed by witch in the woods]
…suddenly found themselves looking a bit like their tormentor. On a bad day.
In addition, the witch cursed the children with a desire to use strip diagrams on a regular basis. [Fransel and Stetl walking like zombies by a house]
Talk about cruel and unusual. As soon as Fransel and Stetl got home, they
created the following strip diagram: As you can see, Fransel’s diagram is divided [Fransel and Stetl drawing a strip diagram]
into 8 rectangles, while Stetl’s was divided into 6 rectangles.
We can also tell that there is a total of 98 zits that have popped up since their unexpected encounter.
How many zits did each child get? Well, when dealing with strip diagrams, the
important thing to remember is that all rectangles are created equal. [3 equal rectangles of a strip diagram]
Just because this one looks bigger than this one…
…doesn’t mean it represents any more of… whatever it is we’re measuring.
So really, we’ve got 14 total rectangles, and we have to divide the 98 zits evenly between them.
Looks like a simple division problem:
98 divided by 14 is… 7.
So now we know each rectangle represents 7 zits…
We can multiply by 8 to get Fransel’s total – 56…
…and by 6 to get Stetl’s total – 42.
Just to double-check our work… does 56 plus 42 equal 98? [Fransel and Stetl's total of zits per rectangle]
You bet it does. Of course, none of this busy work distracts
the children for one second from the fact that their appearances have been altered. [Fransel and Stetl running over to a mirror]
Fortunately for them, their other cousins, Wansel and Spaetzl, have just been cursed
by yet another witch with a lifetime supply of Clearasil… [Wansel and Spaetzl appear with a tube of clearasil]