How Much Farther?

Scripture: Genesis 12, 15 and 20

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Abram.
  • Students will learn who important it was for Abram to follow God’s directions..
  • Students will participate in an activity allowing them to practice use a number line to use addition and subtraction for travel math.

Guiding Question: How can you use a number line and addition and subtraction to calculate how far you need to travel?

Materials: toy cars, number lines decorated as roads, travel word problems

Procedure: Review the story of Abram, focusing especially on how God gave Abram directions to follow to find his new home. Show students on a map how far Abram had to travel. Teach/review with students how to use a number line and addition or subtraction to solve simple travel math distance problems. (Ex. Your car has gone five miles. You have three more miles to drive. How far will you have gone all together? or You have a ten mile trip to make. You have already driven three miles. How much farther do you have to drive to get to your destination?) Give each student or pair of students a toy car, a number line “road” and a sheet of word problems. Have the students use the materials to take the word problem and convert it to a simple addition or subtraction problem and then solve it. Check student answers and give any additional instruction and practice needed.

Additional Question: What are some other ways people use math when traveling??

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students think of other ways math is used when traveling. Have them create travel math word problems reflecting their findings.