Lesson Plan

I was runnin'

Distance-Time Graphs
Chip M.
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Novi Meadows School (Novi, MI)
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My Grades 5, 6
My Subjects Math

Students will be able to...analyze a distance-time graph and discuss what is happening in terms of speed.

Grades 5 - 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Reading

Show the following video of the tortoise and the hare.

Tortoise and Hare Video

Students should remember this story from their childhood.  

After you show the video ask open-ended questions.

  • How does the video relate to the topic?
  • If we had to graph this what would it look like?
  • How would we set-up the graph?

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Show students examples of Distance-Time Graphs. 

Distance-Time Graph Examples

Have a conversation about what the students notice about the graphs.


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Investigating

Revisit the tortoise and the hare example.  Discuss what the graphs might have looked like.  Graph both the tortoise and the hare results on one graph together as a class.  Use data points that the students come up with based on the race.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Using the runkeeper app on the iPad, have groups create their own senarios for distance-time graphs.  Have them do this for exactly 5 minutes.  When they are done have them chart their data on a distance-time graph.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Discuss and display students results based on their runkeeper information.  Have students present the information to the class.