Introduce the formula for solving distance, rate, and time equations with our Distance, Rate and Time Lesson Plan. This hands-on lesson allows students to utilize resources when applying the formula, and leverage group learning as students exchange papers for review. To maximize the fun, generalize the concepts by going for a short walk and calculating the speed per hour!
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask students: What do meteorologists, airlines, and delivery companies have in common with each other?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Accept all reasonable responses, leading the discussion to keeping track of things that move. (weather fronts/ hurricanes, airplanes, packages/trucks)
- Ask: How do you think they keep track of the time, distance, or speed needed to move the people or objects?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the students to the formula for distance, rate, and time.
- Distribute Distance, Rate and Times content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Give students access to the Internet or other sources to find the information needed. Allow sufficient time to complete the chart.
- Once completed, the students will share the results from the chart. Some results may vary based on source of information. The focus is on using the formula correctly. Check completed work for understanding. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, students exchange their work with a partner. When completed, it is checked and returned. Teacher will circulate through the room checking for understanding.
- In closing, ask: How fast do you think you could walk in one hour? How can you find your speed per hour?
- Allow for responses and discussion. If possible, take students outdoors to walk for ten or 15 minutes, measuring their distance. Students can then use the formula to discover their speed per hour.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.2 None for Grade 5 CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.C.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions.
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