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Flight Plan
Lesson Objective
The student will apply and extend previous understandings of locating and naming points in the first quadrant of a
coordinate plane to a real world situation.
Background Information for Teacher
Teachers need to understand how to plot points in Quadrant One of the coordinate plane and the meaning of a flight plan.
Student Prior Knowledge
The student needs a working knowledge of: ,Points, X-axis, Y-axis, Coordinate plane, Meaning of the term "flight plan".
Graph paper
Colored pencils
FAA Flight Plan Sheet
3 Air Traffic Controllers (3 students/participants)
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Tell the student, today we are going to make belief we are Air Traffic Controllers. We are going to create flight plans to
safely direct all planes, without colliding at any coordinate point at the same time, while traveling to the airport (10,10).
Explain to the student how important it is that air traffic controllers know flight patterns (Air traffic controllers coordinate the
movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart
Have each Air Traffic Controller choose a color for their plane( 3 students/participants are needed).
Starting at a point on the x-axis, one at a time, each controller must develop a flight plan landing at the airport located at
Each controller will be responsible for graphing the flight plans of the other planes.
Students will use the FAA Flight Plan Sheet (Step 3) to record each intersecting coordinate your plane flies over.
On route make sure you refuel at the Hub located at (5,5). There is only room for one plane at a time in the Hub.
Planes cannot land at the airport at the same.
Once the student has completed the activity they can present their flight plan to the FAA Coordinator (teacher).
Go over the presented material, and make any necessary corrections.
Have the student complete the Ordered Pairs worksheet in step 3 for extra practice.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Extra worksheets for practice
Step 4: Review:Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Ordered Pairs (offline) worksheet