teaching resource

Length Maths Investigation - Which Plane Flies Best?

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 6 pages | Years: 3 - 4

A mathematics investigation about measuring distance, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of length.

In this investigation, the students imagine that they are entering a paper plane competition. They have designed three different paper planes and can’t decide which one to enter in the competition.

The students must test all three of their paper plane designs to see which one flies the furthest. They must accurately measure and record the distance flown by each paper plane, then use the information to make a decision about which design to enter in the competition.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • planning and recording worksheets
  • reflection questions.



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  • Sarah Jeffreys

    Is there a way I can send the video for remote learning?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sarah, All our videos can also be found on our Teach Starter YouTube channel! This allows you to copy the link and embed/send it. Here is the link for the video you asked about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLYon82wUf0

  • Chris Hayman

    Is there a way I can use the video in a Slide for the students to see before they begin the task?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Chris, We might need a little more information in order to help. Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll see what we can do.

  • Katrina Willis

    What a fantastic resource. Thank you!

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      You're most welcome, Katrina. I hope that your students really enjoy completing this investigation... and that you enjoy working on it with them!