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Paper Airplane Science

Can you really complete standards and have fun doing it? Level 3/4 Science students in Shishmaref are doing just that. Shishmaref students have been flying airplanes as a part of an experimental process to show proficiency on process skill standards.
Students first asked the question “What paper airplane design flies the furthest distance?” They researched different plane designs and wrote a hypothesis. As a class the students wrote a set of procedures to follow and went to the gym and tested their designs.

Kindergarten students watch as Brittany Weyiouanna measures the distance her airplane flew.

Kindergarten students watch as Brittany Weyiouanna measures the distance her airplane flew.

By measuring the distance their planes flew in meters, they also got a dose of measurement, which was a skill we needed to work on as a group for standardized testing.
After collecting data, students went back to the classroom and found averages for each plane, computed the range, etc. Students then analyzed the data and made conclusions.

Nellie Okpowruk crunches data to find the mean and range for each plane she flew.

Nellie Okpowruk crunches data to find the mean and range for each plane she flew.

For this part of the experiment students worked directly with their teacher to model the process.  For the next, students worked on a similar activity where they chose their favorite plane and chose modifications that would allow their plane to fly farther. This time students worked with minimal help from their teacher to show proficiency on the many standards they were working on.
Students had lots of fun and it was great to see them engaged while completing many standards.

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