This task is designed for sixth graders developing skills with rate of change. The task provides students with a distance travelled along with the amount of time taken. Students must use this information to determine how far someone could get in a given amount of time. Students must recognize that a rate of change is necessary. Students may solve the problem using a rate and creating an expression, or by creating equivalent fractions, which may open the class to discussion about different methods. Students are asked to provide an explanation and evidence for why a rate is necessary, which provides an opportunity for students to create a solid argument.
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