A great activity for getting students up and out of their seats while engaging them with mathematics.
In this activity your students will:
- Complete unit conversions for U.S. standard distance measures
- Complete conversions for time units
- Write ratios and calculate rates of speed and paces
- Solve proportions for unknown values
- Time themselves walking, jogging, or running over a pre-measured distance and calculate their own speeds (MPH) and paces per mile.
- Create their own conversion tables in microsoft excel
Included in your purchase is the two page activity sheet (including guided examples of completing the conversions), the two page answer key, and an MS Excel Conversion Calculator spreadsheet with preset formulas.
I like to have the students complete this activity after I have discussed writing ratios and solving proportions. I typically give a few examples of unit conversions (especially time units) and show a quick youtube video of the finish of a marathon. I have my students work in small groups of three or four to complete the front page of the worksheet and I call groups (one at a time) to collect their times (I usually use a tape measure to lay out a 25 foot long "course" in the hallway). If you don't have a stop watch, any smart phone can quickly download a free stop watch app.
After recording their times, students will complete the back page of the worksheet. As an extra project, I like to have my students create their own conversion formulas in Microsoft Excel. You may need to give a demonstration of creating a formula in a cell if your students have not had alot of experience working with the software. The Excel file that is included in your download is an example of what I would hope to see generated by the students.
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