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Length Maths Investigation - Which Plane Flies Best?

PDF | 6 pages|Grades: 3 - 4 | Starter Sheet

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.



  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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Sarah Jeffreys

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

Sarah Jeffreys · Apr 18th, 2020

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

Paul (Teach Starter) · Apr 21st, 2020

Chris Hayman

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

Chris Hayman · Mar 31st, 2020

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.

Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 31st, 2020

Katrina Willis

What a fantastic resource. Thank you!

Katrina Willis · Feb 1st, 2018

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!

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Feb 1st, 2018

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