Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.


Time-rate-distance problems are word problems that involve the distance an object will travel at a certain average rate for a given period of time. This type of problem drives many students crazy. That’s why we find it so helpful to have multiple examples through videos, slides, and through the video game.

The formula for distance problems is: 

distance = rate × time or d = r × t

Technology required

The game AzTech: The Story Begins can be played for free on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and in a web browser on a desktop computer.

Time required

10-15 minutes

Download PDF or PPT


Grandma Goes To Honduras (PDF) -An example of a time-rate-distance problem also called a time-speed-distance problem by some people. Troubling to lots of students whatever you call it.

PDF IN SPANISH: La abuela va a Honduras

Grandma Goes To Honduras (PPTX)

IN SPANISH: La abuela va a Honduras (PPTX)

Grandpa Drives To Texas (PDF) – A word problem computing distance using multiplication

IN PDF SPANISH: El abuelo viaja a Texas

Grandpa Drives To Texas (PPTX)

IN SPANISH: El abuelo viaja a Texas (PPTX)

Videos About Time Rate Distance Problems

Just to make it even clearer, here are some videos explaining Time-rate-distance with examples.

Grandma Goes to Honduras

If you’ve struggled with math word problems, here’s an example of where to start. Calculate time, rate, and distance by following two steps.


Grandpa Goes to Honduras

Calculate time, rate, and distance in two steps. This involves multiplication.


How to Solve Time-Rate-Distance Problems

Here’s how to solve this multi-step word problem. It breaks down the word problem and also uses number bonds.

End your class with style practicing more Time-rate-distance problems by playing our AzTech Games:

AzTech: The Story Begins

Whether you are teaching English language learners, want a fun app to expand your Spanish vocabulary or simply want to learn, this math app will help. Packed with videos and activities, players solve problems with simple equations. Students are introduced to Latin American history as they use their knowledge of math in gameplay to survive.

Recommended forGrades 5 to 7
Math topicsFractions and Statistics
CultureLatin America, Maya
Available foriPhone, iPad, Web


AzTech: Meet the Maya

Aztech pyramid

In the heart of the Mayan jungle. In this fully bilingual game, players learn and apply skills from how to read timelines to understanding distributions to reading pictographs (and more!).

Recommended forGrades 5-8
Math topicsStatistics
CultureLatin America, Maya
Available for iPad

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