We just went and saw the movie Turbo. Thank goodness for the math going on in my brain, otherwise I don’t think that I could sit through ONE MORE animated movie. Anyway, at the beginning of the movie, it takes the little snail, Turbo, 17 minutes to go 36 inches. At the end of the movie, he is moving at 226 mph. I have the beginning video to show my students, but I can’t find a clip where Turbo goes around the track and lights up the 226 mph. I’ll probably have to wait until the movie comes out on DVD, but that’s ok as we don’t do conversions for a while. I wanted to go ahead and blog about this now though so I don’t forget! Kids love when I bring movie clips into class, so I think they will have fun with this.
- Show the 36″ in 17 minutes video clip. The first 30 seconds.
- Show the 226 video clip (once I find it).
- Ask them what they notice and wonder using Max’s awesome Notice/Wonder form!
- Discuss their noticing and wonderings, then formulate what we want to know.
- Get down to the math in groups. I’ll let them work on their own silently for a few minutes, then have them get together to discuss and help each other. (Thanks Fawn)
- I may even play “That Snail is Fast”, just because.
- I would like for them to investigate how many miles per hour the 36″/17 minutes equates to.
- How much faster is the snail going (percent increase). My student often have trouble doing percent increase when it is such a large percent. This will be great!
- Anything else they come up with.
- I’m curious is 36″/17 min is how fast a snail actually goes. I bet googling that will lead us to more conversion problems.
- I’m still working on follow-up / extension ideas. So if you have any, throw them in the comments!