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Travel Graphs

Match the graphs with their descriptions. A self-marking, drag-and-drop mathematical exercise.

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This is Level 2. Match the graphs with their descriptions.

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After the party, Tom walked slowly all the way home.

Tom skateboarded from his house, gradually building up speed. He slowed down to avoid some rough ground, but then speeded up again.

Tom left his home for a run, but he was unfit and gradually came to a stop!

This graph is just plain wrong. How can Tom be in two places at once?

Tom went out for a walk with some friends. He suddenly realized he had left his wallet behind. He ran home to get it and then had to run to catch up with the others.

Tom ran from his home to the bus stop and waited. He realized that he had missed the bus so he walked home.

Tom walked to the store at the end of his street, bought a newspaper, and then ran all the way back.

Tom walked slowly along the road, stopped to look at his watch, realized he was late, and then started running.

Opposite Tom’s home is a hill. Tom climbed slowly up the hill, walked across the top, and then ran quickly down the other side.

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This activity is based on 'Interpreting Distance-Time Graphs' ©2015 MARS, Shell Center, University of Nottingham and has been here here with permission granted in July 2021.

This matching task works best if the descriptions and graphs are printed on paper or card and completed as a group activity. It is not just about getting the right answer but considering possible "wrong" answers to reveal common misunderstandings.

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Level 1 - Reading information from distance-time graphs

Level 2 - Matching distance-time graphs with their descriptions

Level 3 - Reading information from speed-time graphs

Level 4 - Draw a travel graph from the given description

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