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In this mathematics activity, learners use a map to determine the coordinates of and distance between two locations--both by road and "as the crow flies". They account for any differences and convert the distances into feet and inches. This activity provides valuable practice in map skills, measurement, and unit conversion.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Unit conversion tool
  • Map of trip (must have a coordinate grid and mileage)
  • Pencil
  • Paper


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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