Distance–we can walk, bike, drive, fly, and ride places in various ways. We can talk about how far away things are in the distance. They are all math related. : )
In the U.S. we use a weird metric system–‘US Standard Units’. I wonder if we will ever convert to the metric system?
Anyway, here are some ideas you can do with children to have fun with distance.
- See how far you can throw a ball. If you do it three times, do they all go the same distance?
- How far you can run, walk, or cartwheel in 30 seconds–then measure the distance (Alternately you can pick a certain distance and time how long it takes to walk, run, or crawl that distance.) You could have awards based on the most interesting way to go a certain distance (hopping on one foot backwards?)
- On a road trip, have the kids find the mile markers. Can they find each one? (I think they are supposed to be marked each mile, but I’m not convinced)
- If you go on a flight, find the average speed your plane will have to fly to get to your destination? I know that may be a little advanced for most elementary students, but kids love a challenge, right?!