Imagine that your very first homework assignment of the school year is to make a paper airplane and then bring it to school! That was what English Class fourth graders were asked to do yesterday on the first day of school.
This morning the fourth graders tested how well their aircraft flew indoors and and made some slight adjustments. Their teacher, Ms. Leena, then took the pupils outdoors for 3 different flight challenges. One of the challenges was seven opportunities to land the paper airplane within one of three hoops. Another challenge was to fly the paper plane through holes that had been cut in a large piece of cardboard. The third challenge was that of distance. Working with partners pupils had to measure and record the distance that their paper planes flew in seven different flights. They then used this information to find the mean, mode and median of their distances.