A new interactive game from the Association for Science Education (ASE) tackling the interpretation of distance/time graphs in the context of a football match. Graph Shots is an interactive game that develops students' understanding of distance/time graphs. Students compare graphs with written accounts and video footage of a football match, which demonstrate a different key point at each level of the game. Graph measurements are taken as distance travelled from the player's own goal line in the time shown by the video timer.
There are six levels to the game:
• Level One - what does a horizontal line mean?
• Level Two - what does it mean when a slope becomes steeper?
• Level Three - what does a downwards-sloping line mean?
• Levels Four-Six - practice makes perfect!
After each level students are given an opportunity to record the key point before moving onto the next level. Finally, students are given multiple-choice questions to review their knowledge. They can print out these questions with their answers.
Graph shots could be used to introduce or review concepts of distance/time graphs wherever teachers site them within their curriculum.
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Real Life Graphs
Posted by zoea on 30th November 2011
Activity time: 30 minutes
Level / prior knowledge: Understanding…
Activity time: 30 minutes
Level / prior knowledge: Understanding of how a situation can be represented using a graph
Subject / curriculum links / skills: Reading and drawing real life graphs NC level 5/6
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Extra resources: Attached worksheet, speakers, projector
Commentary: I’ve used this resource with several of my classes when teaching real life graphs. It’s a fantastic resource and keeps the pupils on task (especially those interested in football). I used the interactive whiteboard to display the resource and asked the class to answer the questions as I flicked through them. When using the resource last I gave out mini-whiteboards and asked pupils to write down their answers and hold them up so I was able to see who had understood. The pupil worksheet allows pupils to keep a record of the answers which is useful when they come to answer further questions on real life graphs. I would highly recommend this resource.