Math in Our World: Ramp Racing
Belle set up a ramp to race toy cars. She and her two brothers each sent one car down the ramp.
Belle’s car won the race. Her car went 67 inches. That’s a lot farther than Gavin’s car went. Vic’s car lost by just 9 inches.
- Use pictures, models, or numbers to show what is happening.
- What do you notice? What do you wonder?
- What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can!
- How far did Vic’s car go? How do you know?
- How far could Gavin’s car have gone?
- Try drawing a number line to model the problem.
- Show your work to someone and explain your thinking. Did they understand?
- Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer!
- Have a jumping race! Use paper or tape to form a starting line. Have your friends or family members line up on the line. Each of you should take 2 jumps and then measure the distance you’ve gone. How do the lengths of your jumps compare?
- Did you win? If you did, how much farther did you jump than the next closest person? If you didn’t win, how close were you to jumping the farthest?
- Write a set of equations to explain the results of your race.