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FlightAware

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows all airborne aircraft around the world.
  • Students can browse this data by airport, operator, or aircraft type. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This interactive map shows the scale of global aviation.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students can zoom in and click on individual airports to see arrivals and departures.

Differentiation

  • Math students could analyze this data. Example questions you can use with your students include:
    • What percentage of global flights are in a Boeing 737?
    • What percentage of global flights are JetBlue and United?
  • Students can explore another interactive map called Airport Tracker, which shows carbon emissions from the 1,300 largest airports around the world.
  • Students can explore the true cost of aviation by reading this information page from the Stay Grounded Network.
  • Students can explore the negative effects of aviation noise pollution in this scientific article.
Scientist Notes
Air travel accounts for roughly 2% of all human-caused carbon emissions. But because planes are relatively small (when compared to the Earth), flying very high up, and land and take-off in centralized locations, it is often difficult to understand the scope of human air travel on a daily basis. This website lets students visualize the over 100,000 flights that occur daily. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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