## 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:**

- computer and printer access
- pencils, pens, grid paper
- websites for researching geographic data: www.paralympiceducation.ca, www.paralympic.org, www.canadacupwcrugby.com, www.iwrf.com

## Teaching Activities

- Think of reasons why an appreciation for overall distances may be required (e.g. travel time, training, judging time needed for completing an event).
- 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.
- Have students estimate the distances traveled by teams from the countries used in Lesson 8.