This writing activity will allow you to see how well students can interpret a distance-time graph, and let them use their imaginations as well.
Each section of the graph is labeled with a letter. In the table below, students can create an outline for their story that matches the motion graphed above. Then, they can write their final draft on a clean sheet. Even better: there is an advanced version for your higher-level thinkers. They must label the axis with units that match their story.
The rules are simple:
- The steeper the line, the faster the speed.
- Flat line = standing still
- Direction of the motion (up, down, left, right, north, south, east, west), doesn't affect the line.
A common misconception to address with students:
The line is not a map of the motion. If students start their story with an action like "climbing a hill", they might think that the motion in the story needs to match the literal path of the line.
This activity supports the Texas Essenstial Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), 6.8D "measure and graph changes in motion".