Illuminations: Planning a Trip to the State Capitol

During this lesson, student groups will plan a trip to the state capitol (either overnight or a day trip, depending upon location.)

Using the skills they developed in the previous lessons, students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem solving to figuring meals and lodging costs. As students tackle this more complex task, teachers have opportunity to observe students’ growing competence. These include which variables students attend to, if students can find distances from a map, if students can find elapsed time, or if students can use elapsed time to plan a schedule.


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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Problem-Solving
K-6, Educator
4th Grade, 5th Grade

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