A gold medal is on the line today. Who is the best walker in your class? Walking speed of humans and animals can be modeled by square root functions so move your feet and crown a champion!
In this 8 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is three different assignments --
-- In “Walk on the Wild Side”, students will use a biological formula to determine the walking speed of different animals.
-- In “Tortoise and the Hare”, students will continue using the formula, but will be comparing different animal species to see which can walk the fastest. Students will need to convert from metric to standard units or vice versa.
-- In “Walkathon Championship”, students will measure the lengths of their legs with a tape measure and determine their maximum theoretical walking speed.
Either on a track or in a field measure out a distance for a start and finish line (or better yet, have your students do it). A 50 foot track might be about perfect for this. With a stopwatch time the students. They will use this to calculate their actual speed. The student with the closest actual speed to their theoretical speed will win this challenge.
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