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Standard 2
Students will use patterns, relations, and algebraic expressions to represent and analyze mathematical problems and number relationships.
Objective 1
Analyze algebraic expressions, tables, and graphs to determine patterns, relations, and rules.

USOE-Approved Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans
• Distance, Speed and Time Relationships #2
Students will examine and compare time versus distance relationships, and represent change over time as seen using TWO runners along lines and results plotted along a graph. This activity helps students identify, describe, and compare situations with constant or varying rates of change.
• Distance, Speed and Time Relationships Simulation
This applet shows two runners moving along a track. Students can control the speeds and starting points of the runners, watch the race, and examine a graph of the time-versus-distance relationship. The computer simulation uses a context familiar to students, and the technology allows them to analyze the relationships more deeply because of the ease of manipulating the environment and observing the changes that occur. Activities like these can help students in the upper elementary grades understand ideas about functions and about representing change over time.

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