Task# Walking the Block

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is for students to apply the calculation of distances on a coordinate plane to a real life context. Though explicit coordinates are not given in the problem, the reasoning behind finding the side lengths of the rectangles in the plane is present and this activity could prepare for formalizing of this with the Cartesian coordinate plane later on. The teacher could also have students put a Cartesian coordinate system on the map. The could, for example, choose (0,0) for the starting point of the walk and then describe the path using coordinates, putting appropriate integer coordinates at each street intersection.