paper airplanes can be used to target many communication goals
This week we have been making paper airplanes, and it has been a blast! A quick Google search led me to three different websites with step-by-step instructions.
I found this website to be the best because it includes printable pages with the fold lines numbered which I found really helped my students understand exactly where to make their folds.
So how in the world can you use paper airplanes to target communication goals? So. Many. Ways. :)
- how to fold the airplane
- how to fly the airplane
- giving instructions and providing details in their descriptions
- prepositions ("The plane flew OVER the table.")
- pronouns ("YOUR plane flew farther than MY plane.")
- sizes/measurement ("The BIG plane flew a LONG WAY!"; "This time make the LITTLE plane have a SHORT flight.")
SEQUENCING: All of these planes include step-by-step instructions. Cut apart the instructions and have students put the steps in order.
- Spread target words on the floor and try to fly the airplanes onto the cards
- Write target sounds and words onto the completed planes
- discuss similarities/differences about different styles of airplanes
- fly two different airplanes and compare their flight patterns
FLUENCY: Students can read the instructions aloud and practice their fluency building strategies as they do so.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS: All this folding and holding is great practice for our friends working on their fine motor skills.
Students are so proud when they're finished:
And then you get to enjoy the thrill of flying them!
Abby thinks the Bullet plane is the best for speed and distance, but the Condor does sweet tricks.