Students track a professional sports team across the country.
- correctly read a map scale,
- use a map scale to calculate the number of miles covered by a sports team in a trip,
- calculate the cost of a trip.
geography, sports team, road trip, map, map scale
- sports section of a newspaper or game schedules of local sports teams
- computers with Internet access
- copies of U.S. road maps
- pens or pencils
Ask students to name their favorite sports teams. Help students check the sports section of the newspaper, game schedules, or team Web sites to find out where the teams will play upcoming road trips.
Hand out U.S. maps, and challenge students to trace the route the team will take on the road trip. Have students use the scale of miles to figure out the number of miles the team will cover in that trip.
Have older students use Web pages of national airlines to figure out how
much it would cost them to go along on the road trip!
Variation: Have older students work against one another in
teams. Have each team search a variety of airline sites to determine
the most cost-effective flights. The team who completes the challenge
with the lowest fares wins!
Observe students' participation in the activity. Evaluate students' map-reading
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