A lot of teachers who have been using this activity have added a little paper airplane flying contest to their class time afterward. Such a fun idea! If you have time, this could be a great follow-up, and you can plot / track the distances as well, depending on your grade level.
Here is a quick peek at how it works:
Depending on what graphing skills your students need to practice, you can switch it up! I have been adding to this activity and have a few options.
Graphing Linear Equations, Reflecting Lines, etc.
The original one has a few versions centering around practice graphing linear equations. Three variations of the worksheet are included. All three offer practice graphing using slope-intercept form. After graphing the lines, students follow the directions to fold along the lines and create a paper airplane.
3 versions you can try:
- graphing using a given equation and by reflecting a previous line (plus writing equations)
- graphing using given equations in slope-intercept form (plus completing a chart identifying slopes & y-intercepts)
- manipulating equations before they are in slope-intercept form (then graphing)
If you know which one would be best for your class, just choose that version. Or, if you want to easily differentiate, print some of each! Print one worksheet and one coordinate plane sheet per student.
Plotting Points on the Coordinate Plane
This set is for the younger crowd. If your kids are still just working with points on the coordinate plane, they can try one with just plotting ordered pairs, or the version with plotting and reflecting points.
They'll still get all the fun of folding their final product into a paper airplane if they plotted it all correctly!
Graphing Linear Equations "Coordinate PLANES" set (slope, y-intercepts, equations of lines, etc.)
Plotting Points "Coordinate PLANES" set for middle school (ordered pairs on the coordinate plane)
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