Flight Dreams - Folding into Flight

Combine measurement, following directions, physics, and art with one fun activity. Learners read a set of instruction to create three different kinds of paper airplanes. They measure, fold, and fly the planes, and record data and answer questions when they're done. A great way to spend a class period!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a paper airplane competition in your class to see whose plane can fly the farthest
  • Encourage kids to come up with their own airplane creations, and to write down the instructions
  • Put kids in groups, and assign specific airplane models to each group
Classroom Considerations

  • You'll need space for kids to fly their planes, either outside or in a larger classroom
Pros

  • Comes with complete instructions and diagrams for each paper airplane
  • Provides possible extension activities, including an Air Fair
Cons

  • None