Lesson 11

Travel Distances

Timing: 1 x 45 minute block

CROSS-CURRICULAR: Mathematics, Social Studies

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Sample Grade 5

OVERVIEW: This lesson examines the distances traveled by athletes through the mathematical process of estimation.

CURRICULUM SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE / VALUES:
Students will:

  • read and interpret the information provided on a world map
  • demonstrate an understanding of the distance from the countries of origin to the host city
  • be able to give concrete examples of approximate distances travelled by athletes

TEACHING MATERIALS:

Teaching Activities

  1. Think of reasons why an appreciation for overall distances may be required (e.g. travel time, training, judging time needed for completing an event).
  2. Have the students estimate the perimeter of the classroom, gymnasium or field and then verify their results using a measuring device. Explore how those distances would be represented on a scaled drawing.
  3. Have students estimate the distances traveled by teams from the countries used in Lesson 8.