Time-rate-distance problems : 10-minute lesson


Time-rate-distance problems are word problems that involve the distance an object will travel at a certain average rate for a given period of time. This type of problem drives many students crazy. That’s why we find it so helpful to have multiple examples. Okay, maybe this is a 15-minute lesson, but we didn’t have that category!

The formula for distance problems is: 

distance = rate × time or d = r × t.

DOWNLOAD PDF or PPT HERE:

Grandma Goes To Honduras (PDF) -An example of a time-rate-distance problem also called a time-speed-distance problem by some people. Troubling to lots of students whatever you call it.

PDF IN SPANISH: La abuela va a Honduras

Grandma Goes To Honduras (PPTX)

IN SPANISH: La abuela va a Honduras (PPTX)

Grandpa Drives To Texas (PDF) – A word problem computing distance using multiplication

IN PDF SPANISH: El abuelo viaja a Texas

Grandpa Drives To Texas (PPTX)

IN SPANISH: El abuelo viaja a Texas (PPTX)

Time Rate Distance Problems in Video

Just to make it even more clear, here are some videos explaining Time-rate-distance with examples:

End your class with style practicing more Time-rate-distance problems by playing our AzTech Games:

AzTech: The Story Begins

Whether you are teaching English language learners , want a fun app to expand your Spanish vocabulary or simply want to learn math fills the bill. Packed with videos and activities, players solve problems with simple equations. They’ll also be introduced to Latin American history as they use their knowledge of math to survive.


Recommended for Grades 5-7
Math topics Fractions and Statistics
Culture Latin America, Maya
Available for iPhone, iPad, Web


AzTech: Meet the Maya

Aztech pyramid

In the heart of the Mayan jungle. In this fully bilingual game, players learn and apply skills from how to read timelines to understanding distributions to reading pictographs (and more!).


Recommended for Grades 5-8
Math topics Statistics
Culture Latin America, Maya
Available for iPad

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