Five Second Dash

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This is an activity about prediction. How far can you hop in 5 seconds? Could you make it to the door? Across the room? Everyone lines up and tries it. As learners do this activity, they gain meaning for seconds by connecting them to movement: how far they can hop, jump, run, or crawl in that time. They also consider relationships among distance, time, and speed: if I can hop halfway across the room in 5 seconds, could I make it all the way across in 5 seconds if I run? [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Watch or clock that shows seconds
  • Chalk or masking tape


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Systems
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

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


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


  • , © 2010, TERC, Inc., MA., 2010

Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537