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Header: Teachers and Parents
Subheader: NCTM Math Standards covered in Flight Path:
- Computation & Estimation
- Problem Solving
- Number and Number Relationships
After successfully completing this lesson:
- Students will be able to estimate and choose the shortest path provided
between two points
- Students will be able to compute the sum of two line lengths
- Students will be able to compute the difference between two line lengths
Subheader: List of Materials Needed for Group Activity
- Local maps
- Materials for drawing a graph directly on the local map (possibly including
tracing paper so that the map can be re-used). For students with
disabilities, this may involve strategies for working in teams (e.g.,
students work together to decide on the shortest route, and one writes the
Subheader: Accommodation Suggestions
- For students with visual disabilities, try printing out and enlarging the on-screen map. Then provide tactile means for the students to orient themselves to the map, such as gluing down pipe cleaners to indicate the length between cities and using pushpins to indicate the location of cities. For students that read Braille, you may wish to provide Braille labels for the cities.
Subheader: Suggestions for Additional Math Practice
Subheader: Suggestions for Additional Activities
- Have students plot a course from their classroom to the opposite side
of the building, stopping in front of at least two other classrooms. Then
have them travel their plotted course, counting how many footsteps or wheel
rotations it takes them to get to their destination. Plot the results and
see who took the shortest and longest routes. Estimate how many footsteps
or wheel rotations it would take them to travel between the classroom and
the opposite side if there were no obstacles (walls, etc.).
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.
- Invite a local navigator to come to the classroom and explain how s/he
determines flight plans.
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