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Header: Teachers and Parents
Header: NCTM Math Standards covered in Runways and Takeoffs:
- Computation and Estimation
- Problem Solving
After successfully completing this lesson:
- Students will be able to use a conversion chart
- Given information about limitations (in this case, minimum amount of
runway space necessary for a plane to become airborne), students will be
able to estimate which item from a group is closest to the limitation without
- Students will be able to interpret word problems to figure out how to
solve a problem.
List of Materials Needed for Group Activity
Suggestions for Additional Math Practice
- Local phone book
- Telephone, TTY, or other means of contacting the nearest airport
- Materials for creating a chart or other method of organizing the information.
For students with manual disabilities, this could involve either strategies
for working independently (e.g., use of software that permits information
to be entered and arranged) or working in teams (e.g., students work together
to decide on the information organization, and one writes the information
Suggestions for Additional Activities
- Create a conversion chart on feet and yards (or, if appropriate, feet
and meters). Tell the students that after the plane has landed, it will
need to go back into its hangar. Give the students measurements for the
hangar in one unit of measurement, and measurements for the width of several
planes in the other unit (e.g., "The plane is 200 ft. wide and the
hangar is 80 yards wide. Will the plane fit in the hangar?"
We encourage you to send us examples of additional activities or practice problems that you have found useful; we will then post these on this web site.
- Plan a field trip to your local airport, and schedule opportunities
for students to talk to air traffic controllers and pilots about weight
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