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Students observe a simulation of matchbox toy cars on ramps to learn the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy. In this math and science instructional activity, students arrange the ramps on the floor and place the car at the top of the ramp. Students release the car, recording the distance the car travels during three trial runs. Depending on math proficiency, students either develop a bar graph or average the numbers to interpret the results.
Students reflect upon the concepts of seasons. The concepts are taught using a variety of different teaching approaches. A activities lead to a reflection that will help students to make a cognitive transfer of information form short-term to long-term memory.
Students investigate distance measurement.  In this middle school mathematics lesson, students find the average length of their pace and use their pace to measure various unknown distances in feet and miles.  Students relate their use of the pace to the work of Lewis and Clark in mapping the western United States. 
High schoolers explore the distance formula using real world data from nonviolent marches for social change.  In this secondary mathematics lesson, students investigate the marches of Gandhi and King using maps overlaid with a coordinate grid.  High schoolers use the distance formula to determine the lengths of the marches.
Students calculate the distance from the vertex of a triangle to the center. In this geometry lesson, students find the shortest distance between a point and the vertex of a triangle. They relate this concept of distance to the real world.
Students explore the idea of parallax. In this astronomy lesson, students study the distances of stars. They investigate how parallax can be used to determine these distances.
Pupils calculate the length and distance of different scenarios. For this geometry lesson, students use the correct formula to estimate and calculate the distance and length of polygons. They relate estimation to the real world.
In this time and distance worksheet, students read story problems and determine the distance between points. They factor polynomials and solve exponential equations. Students simplify equations through factoring. This seven-page worksheet contains 35 algebra problems.
Students use a software simulation of two runners along a track. They control the speed and starting point of the runners, watch the race, examine the graphs, and analyze the time-versus-distance relationships.
Look at positive and negative numbers when it relates to elevation and sea level. The video shows how this type of measurement is related to a number line. Explains what elevation represents but does not have practice problems for learners to try on their own. Note: Second in a series of four videos.
Even though pennies seem to be relatively thin, stack enough of them into a single stack, and you could have quite a high stack. Enough so, that the final result can be a surprise to you as well as your class. This activity centers around using fractions, very large numbers, and unit conversions to describe length. Extensions to include scientific notation are also explored. 
Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.
A great way to incorporate math into life science, this lesson has learners measure migratory routes on a map and calculate the actual distance that shorebirds on the routes would cover. Learners compute the distance covered in both miles and kilometers. A reading handout of background information is provided to precede the activity, as are maps of five different flyways. Use this lesson when teaching kids about animal migration or scale measurement.
Connect fractions to the journey the Navajo took to Jemez Pueblo for the feast of San Diego. In a multi-step lesson plan, your geographers will measure the distance traveled on a map and use that information for a series of questions requiring different operations with fractions. Learners will calculate the duration of the trip and break down the day into a table with different segments of travel and resting.  There are many opportunities for a class discussion or small group work. 
Explore the difference between stochastic and deterministic modeling through programming. First have the class write algorithms for relatively simple tasks using pseudocode. Use the Python 2.7 program app to simulate Mendel's Pea Pod experiment as an example of a stochastic process where probability and randomized variables are used and different outcomes are possible for the same inputs. Finally create a deterministic algorithm using equations and variables to simulate a dropping ball to show that the outcome is always the same for a given input. Included are examples of pseudocode and directions on how to program with the Python program.
Middle schoolers create a paper airplane and change it to increase flight distance. They collect data from three airplane flights, then find the median distance. Using a stem-and-leaf plot, they collect, organize and interpret median distances.
Students will determine distances to nearby stars using parallax. In this Astronomy lesson plan, students will use a web program, trigonometry, and sketches to determine the distance of stars.
Students compare two objects at different distances. They explore the concept that distance affects how we perceive the size of objects.
First graders explore estimating and measuring distances. They analyze and discuss a map of New York State, make estimations, measure distances using yarn, and calculate total distances between cities on the map.
Students explore the concept of distances in space. In this distances in space lesson plan, students calculate the how long it would take for a rocket to reach a space probe given certain criteria. Students discuss light-years by relating them to walk-years or car-years.

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