I’m not exactly sure how the topic of paper airplanes came up in our second grade classroom, but when it did my students wanted to know if there was a Wonder about them.  I told them there was, and we would visit the Wonder on a nice, warm fall day.  That day finally came last Wednesday.  For a Wonder Wednesday activity, we read Wonder #626 How Far Can a Paper Airplane Fly?, used the Try it out! section to make our own symmetrical airplanes, wondered about our airplanes before flying them, wrote and shared some learning, and finally wrote and shared some wonders we had when after we finished flying our airplanes.

Although last Wednesday was a beautiful fall day, it was also very windy.  This didn’t lend itself to flying paper airplanes.  Funny enough, before going outside to fly our airplanes, many students thought and predicted the wind would assist in the flying of the airplanes  The children soon found out that the wind caused their airplanes to do all sorts of crazy things.

This was a great learning opportunity to review symmetry, predict or wonder about what was going to happen, test out their wonders and then share their learning.

## 8Join the Discussion

(3 votes, avg. 4.67 out of 5)
1. Robert says:

I have thrown a paper airplane 30 feet no wind!

• Wonderopolis says:

WOW, that’s quite impressive, Robert! We think that’s a great distance for a paper airplane! Nice work!

2. eli says:

I like the videos.

• Wonderopolis says:

Thanks so much, Eli! We’re happy to know that our Wonder videos are right up your alley!

3. Wonder Friend RM says:

I threw my paper airplane 1 km, no wind.

• Wonderopolis says:

That’s great, Wonder Friend RM! We think it would be fun to measure our own paper airplane’s travels!

4. Wonder Friend RM says:

I also threw it 20 km, no wind! I am doing a competition at school tomorrow with no wind.

• Wonderopolis says:

We hope your competition was SUPER, just like you, Wonder Friend RM!