Take It in Stride

This Take It in Stride activity & project also includes:

Take measurement in stride with a fun math lesson. After discussing the differences between steps and strides, learners walk a certain distance and measure the amount of strides they took, as well as their average stride length. They then think about additional scenarios and the reasons for any discrepancies between the stride lengths of different people.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Take your class on a walk around the school, measuring the distance traveled while they count their strides
  • Have small groups choose distances to walk (across the playground, down the hall, etc.) and track their strides, comparing their results
  • Assign a short writing prompt after the activity for kids to reflect on what they have learned, as well as consider the questions in the fourth step of the lesson
  • Use in a math class, science class, or physical education class
Classroom Considerations

  • Though the activity is designed for a family, it would work in any class setting
Pros

  • An engaging way to get even your most reluctant math learners involved
  • Great for a STEM activity, as well as for boys and girls in a mainstream class
  • Includes a teacher reference page, with a fun fact about the importance of physical activity
Cons

  • None
Common Core