What upper elementary school teacher during his or her career hasn't had to deal with the occasional illicit flight of a paper airplane? Children show an interest in airplanes--from the paper variety to model planes to the real thing. From an educational standpoint, it would seem beneficial to make use of this interest. One possibility within the arena of the science class would be to use the paper airplane as a vehicle (no pun intended) for hands-on activities utilizing such sophisticated critical thinking skills as controlling variables, hypothesizing and experimenting.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1991 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Bluhm, William and Kronholm, Martha M.
"Paper Airplanes: A Critical Thinking Model,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 28
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol28/iss1/2