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Length Maths Investigation – Which Plane Flies Best?

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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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  • Katrina Willis

    What a fantastic resource. Thank you!

    Comment by Katrina Willis on February 1, 2018 at 9:55 am


    • Stephanie (Teach Starter) 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!

      Official comment by Stephanie (Teach Starter) on February 1, 2018 at 10:55 am


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