youcubed: Walking the Graph

Students often find the interpretation of graphs extremely difficult – this has been shown in research and from many stories of interviews with college students and with younger students.

When faced with distance / time graphs for example, many students interpret the line that represents velocity as a picture, and think that a positive slope shows a person walking up a hill, and a horizontal line shows them walking across flat land. Our “walking the graph” activity helps students deeply understand the meaning of graphs, as they physically walk the line of graphs, which also enables the stimulation of sensory-motor areas of the brain. For this activity we used Pasco Sensors and software, pgs 3 – 4, that offer the opportunity to walk graphs that show velocity and acceleration.

Math Topics
Calculus & Pre-Calculus, Measurement & Time
High School, College, Educator
12th Grade, College
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