Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

How Long Would It Take?

  1. Provide the following information in a chart for your students:
    • speed of sound: 1088 feet per second
    • speed of light: 186,000 miles per second
    • jet traveling at Mach 2 (twice speed of sound): 2176 feet per second
    • cheetah: 70 miles per hour
    • garden snail: 0.03 miles per hour
    • fastest car (Thrust SSC): 763 miles per hour
    • 747 Jumbo Jet: 520 miles per hour
    • distance from Earth to Moon: 238,856 miles
  2. Pose the following question:

    How many hours would it take for each of the above to get from the earth to the moon?

  3. Your students will need to convert the speeds listed above to miles per hour first. There are 5,280 feet per mile and 3600 seconds in one hour.
  4. The distance from the earth to the moon is 238,856 miles.
  5. Have your kids record the information in chart format from longest to shortest time.

More Center Focus Ideas

Sort the States of Matter
Hero or Not?
What’s the Stamp Worth?
Object Observation
A Family Quilt
Letter of Apology
Broken Ruler
Tri-Angles
Bottle Flutes
Person, Place, or Thing?
Does Warm Water Rise Too?
Make Your Own Collage
The Mayflower Compact
Pumpkin Volumes
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
Dancin’ Raisins
What Do You Picture
Bumper Stickers
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Puppets
Inching Along
Popping Popcorn
Valentine Placemats
Pocket Chart
What’s Your Valentine Worth?
Decorative Vase
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Inch By Inch Map
U.S. Percentages
Thanksgiving Quilt
If I Were President...
What Do I Want to Know?
Haikon Mosaics
Easter Egg Contest
Toothpick Sculptures
Krypto
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Exaggeration In Stories
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Alphabetizing Mania!
How fast Can You Run?
Sleepy Hollow
Survey Says
All About Easter
Time Capsule Diorama
Olympic Events from A to Z
Write the Words
"A Busy Year" Art
Tall Tales