This includes lesson plan (with common core standards) and activity sheet. Lesson plan not shown.
For this lesson I suggest viewing a short film (2 minutes) called StoryBots Great Innovators: the Wright Brothers (youtube)
During this lesson, you can watch this short video, then allow students to choose from multiple paper airplane designs of your choosing (designs not included). invite students to pair up with a partner for experimenting (partner should have a different type of design) As students throw airplanes around, they should measure how far their plane flies and document it on the included worksheet.
airplane design examples
worksheet (1 per pair)
rulers for measuring plane distance)