This fun and engaging worksheet will have your students thinking deeply about average speed calculations. Perfect as a class activity, quiz, standardized test review, or homework assignment.
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Activity includes real life word problems in which students perform various calculations to discover average speed of various world record holders. Then students take that information to calculate how long it would take the various record holders to travel 100 miles. This lesson was created for elementary and middle school students and is a great review of average speed calculations.
Perfect way to prepare students for typical questions they may encounter on a standardized test!This lesson is complete and ready to teach today! All you need to do is make photocopies!
This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Highly engaging, high level thinking activities make this lesson perfect for supporting a general physics lesson or a fun review for standardized testing.
Approximately one class period in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and generally have students complete the lesson in class. Some classes need the whole period while I have time to review a few questions with those classes that work at a higher level. Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
This standard is met when students follow instructions to complete physics calculations.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
This standard is met when students use key terms and information from story based problems to solve a specific average speed calculation.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
This standard is met when students use the formula for average speed to solve real world story problems.
Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals).
This standard is met when students use the formula for average speed to solve multi-step real world story problems involving decimals.
For my fellow Texans:
This lesson addresses the following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science
(C) calculate average speed using distance and time measurements;
This standard is met when students calculate various average speed story based problems.
(1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:
(B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution.
This standard is met when students analyze information given in the form of a story problem, then use that data to determine a solution to the problem.
(B) apply and extend previous understandings of operations to solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers.
This standard is met when students use previous knowledge to set up and solve average speed problems, solving for one unknown variable.
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