Are you looking for a way to reinforce math concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “Airport Adventures” is a real-life math project where students will complete eleven different tasks, each one focusing on essential math skills such as time and elapsed time, number lines, money, addition and subtraction within 1,000, problem-solving, and more. This project will help your students see how math is used in real life.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
•a small-group or pairs activity
•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides™️ format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Classroom™️.
Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:
TASK #1: ARRIVALS
It’s a busy morning at the airport! In this activity we will work with flight times.
Skills: time, elapsed time
TASK #2: DEPARTURES
You’re in charge of planning the departures for the morning. Use the clues to fill in the blanks.
TASK #3: BAGGAGE CLAIM
Airport visitors use the baggage claim to collect their luggage. Let’s take a look at the number of suitcases from one plane.
Skills: bar graphs, interpreting data, tally charts
TASK #4: THE GIFT SHOP
The airport gift shop is a popular place for travelers to visit while they wait for their flights. In this activity we will find the total cost for each order.
Skills: money, addition, subtraction
TASK #5: THE SANDWICH SHOP
The Sandwich Stop is one of the many restaurants inside the airport. We will use the tally chart to find out how many sandwiches were sold today.
Skills: tally charts, interpreting data, representing numbers
TASK #6: AIRPORT JOKES
Are you ready to laugh at some airport jokes? Use addition and subtraction to find the answer to each one.
Skills: addition and subtraction within 1000
TASK #7: DIRECTIONS PLEASE
You’re working at the Help Desk today. You’ll have to help travelers get to where they need to go.
Skills: coordinate graphing
TASK #8: NUMBER OF TRAVELERS
The airport is a bustling place every day! Let’s take a look at the number of travelers coming through the airport today from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Skills: rounding to the nearest 100, ordering from least to greatest, addition, estimation
TASK #9: AIRPORT PROBLEMS
There are always problems to solve at the airport!
Skills: addition, subtraction, beginning multiplication
TASK #10: FLIGHT LENGTHS
Number lines can help us figure out lengths of time!
Skills: time, elapsed time, number lines
TASK #11: FLIGHT CLUES
Use the clues to figure out the destination of each flight.
Skills: using a table, comparing numbers
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This resource was very easy to use, not a lot of prep time needed and the students found it very engaging. I used this resource in my math groups. Overall very pleased with it." Monica R.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My child likes Airports and traveling so I thought this would be fun. It had a lot of different activities and it does take a lot of thinking. If your student is a little younger , like mine was, I would use this over a couple of days. I like how it encompasses many different elements about the airport and not just the actual airplane times." Mouse Ears and Coffee Beans
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Great for distant learning! I had my students complete a project each week, they loved how interactive the slides were." Aneka T.