In preparation for the Boston Marathon, we thought that an analysis of running speeds might be appropriate.Have you heard of The Six Million Dollar Man? He was the character in a science fiction show about an astronaut that was rebuilt, bionically, after his space ship crashed. He could run at 67 miles per hour.
This activity compares the best short and long distance record speeds as students learn the logic and mechanics of using fractional expressions for the number one to convert meters per second to kilometers per hour, etcetera.
These are two ways that you could begin this activity: (1) For fun: Play this video of The Six Million Dollar Man running. Or (2) (for a more serious opening) Play this video of Usain Bolt's 2009 World record 100-meter run in Berlin.
The activity: HowFastCanYouRun.pdf
CCSS: 5.MD.A, 6.RP.A, HSA
For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.
For Patriots Day and the Boston Marathon, we also have these activities:
Patriots Day - April 16, 2018, will be a holiday from school and work in Massachusetts and Maine. The 3rd Monday in April commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War in 1775 (The actual date was April 19th, 1775). Students learn about the difficulties of travel in the Revolutionary War and calculate the rates of Paul Revere's ride, the British boat trip across the Charles, and the British march from Boston to Concord and Lexington.
The Boston Marathon - Monday, April 17 is the next running of the Boston Marathon. Students make educated guesses about running rates and check their reasonableness. Then they do some weird rate calculations about the logistics of hosting a marathon.