Moon Lengths

A Maths Starter of The Day


A moon vehicle starts at point A then travels in straight lines to B then C then back to A. Estimate the total distance travelled.

Estimate how long it would take to walk that distance.


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Topics: Starter | Estimating | Rounding

  • Alan, Elmwood Ebd School
  • Very good. my year 8 class found it interesting and demanding when they had their rulers taken away!!
  • N. Armstrong, Rima Euler
  • Did you know that 'astronomer' is an anagram of 'moon starer'?
  • Jonathan Sun, South Yarra.Vic.Australia
  • This is a good one. I enjoyed doing it. There should be more of these in Math Starter of the Day.

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If the three estimated distances are correct to one decimal place what is the least possible value for the total distance?

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