Friday, February 24, 2012

Measurement with Paper Airplanes

Here's a MATH MEASUREMENT ACTIVITY that involves Paper Airplanes and  Measurement Tools.

  • paper airplane
  • ruler/yardstick/meter stick/measuring wheel
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • pencil and paper for recording results

There are several different resources to use that have directions for making paper airplanes.

***You could use a plain piece of paper and view the You Tube video (below), then follow the directions. 

***You could purchase an inexpensive paper airplane kit(s). I found these at a Dollar
      Store. Each kit comes with 8 planes to construct and directions.

*** You could purchase or borrow a book from the library that has instructions.

Directions for the Activity
  • Use a piece of painters tape and mark a starting line on the floor.
  • Have students take turns standing at the starting line.
  • Give each student a turn to make their plane fly the farthest.
  • Have students use measuring tools (rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, measuring wheels, etc.) to measure and record all turns.
  • Students could have several turns then compute their averages

 Click here for directions to make a measuring wheel.

Have fun with math! 

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