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Activity 1B
Lesson Plan 1 - Activity 1A - Activity 1B - What's Going On?

How Long Can You Fly?


  • One helper
  • Stopwatch or watch with a second hand

How long can you stay in the air when you jump? Ask someone to time you with a stopwatch or a watch with a second hand. (It won't be easy!) You can also time jumping athletes who are playing sports such as basketball or volleyball.


These characters can jump higher and longer than you can.
What are they doing that makes a difference?
What else could you do to jump higher or make your jump last longer?

Illustrated figures jumping

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