User login


Statistics: Whirlybirds


Source Institutions

    PBS

Add to listGo to activity
Statistics: Whirlybirds

In this math lesson, learners measure, predict and determine the frequency of an event as it relates to how close Whirlybirds land to a target. In this simulation of a parachute jump competition, learners drop paper Whirlybirds towards a target on the floor. Learners measure the distance from the point the Whirlybird lands to the target. Distances are categorized into 10 centimeter intervals and tallied. Learners analyze the data to determine the frequency of a parachutist hitting a target area.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation

Informal Categories


  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, PBS, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education

Share


User Lists


This resource is part of these lists: