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


Social Studies, Geography

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  • Interactive Media

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.7.6-8 Explain how changes in transportation and communication technology influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the diffusion of ideas and cultural practices.
      • D2.Geo.2.9-12 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
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