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STEM on Station

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The STEM on Station series offers students the next best thing to being astronauts on the International Space State. The 18 NASA videos in this collection bring viewers into the space station to observe how these teacher scientists live,...
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The Tech Challenge 2016 lessons

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Challenge young flight engineers to design a flying device for Ant-Man, balloon crafts that have neutral buoyancy, paper airplanes from different types of paper, hoop gliders, and a launcher for ping pong balls. Although designed for the...
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Sustainable Design and Biomimicry in a Desert Ecosystem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a sustainable guest village in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. A collection of four lessons and five activities provide designers with all the information they need to complete the challenge of living...
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Up, Up and Away! - Airplanes

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Oh, if only Sir Isaac and Bernoulli could see us now. Even Orville and Wilbur would be amazed by what engineers have designed using their ideas. Next generation engineers put these principles to use as they use what they learn about...
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Wright Again: 100 Years of Flight

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Aspiring aeronautical engineers demonstrate different forces as they construct and test paper airplanes. This lesson plan links you to a website that models the most effective paper airplane design, an animation describing the forces...
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The Airplane

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners demonstrate the Bernoulli Principle, review the influences that affected the Wright Brothers, and make and modify paper airplanes. This amazing lesson plan has an excellent structure, and very clear plans for the students to...
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Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Participate in the 100th anniversary of the first flight. In groups, learners use the internet to research the roles the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart played in promoting the use of flight. They use the information to write and...
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Women's History Minute: Flight

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewYou know Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride, but few recall the contributions of Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Florence Lowe Barnes, and Jacqueline Cochran to the history of flight. A short video introduces viewers to these high-flying women.
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Analyzing a Photograph of Amelia Earhart

For Teachers K - 2nd
New ReviewAmelia Earhart forever changed the idea of who could be pilots. The activity helps young academics examine a photo of Amelia Earhart to understand what it tells individuals about the past. Scholars participate in group discussions and...
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Stomp Rocket

For Teachers K - 6th
It doesn't take rocket science to launch a rocket. A fun activity has pupils build a rocket that launches when they stomp on a plastic bottle. They learn how the escaping compressed gas from the bottle causes the rocket to fly.
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Women's History Month Activity Kit

For Students K - 4th Standards
Boost reading comprehension and shed light on famous women of history with books and learning activities, which include a board game, word search, crossword puzzle, and a quiz.
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Why Can't Some Birds Fly?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Back in the day, all birds had the ability to fly. Why would evolutionary adaptations take that away from some species? A video presentation discusses the cost of having the ability to fly and why that feature may not be ideal for some...
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May the Force Be With You: Lift

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Get the class up and going with a lesson that discusses how airplane wings provide lift. Pupils use their knowledge of Bernoulli's Principle to develop an explanation of how it creates lift on airplane wings.
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Equal and Opposite Thrust in Aircraft: You're a Pushover!

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
It's the law—every action requires a reaction, no matter how small. Pupils experience two demonstrations of Newton's third law of motion as it relates to thrust in the 10th segment of a 22-part unit on flight. Using their mathematical...
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You Are There... First Flight

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Glide into the study of flight. An engaging lesson has scholars research information on the Wright brothers. They develop props and produce a recreation of the first flight at Kitty Hawk. They then report on the event as if they were...
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Design a Flying Machine

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Wrap up the unit in one final design. Pairs use their knowledge of aviation to design new flying machines and record how their designs take into consideration the forces that act upon airplanes. The pupils determine whether their designs...
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Future Flights: Imagine Your Own Flying Machines!

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
What will flying look like in the future? The 21st lesson in a 22-part unit on aviation reviews the major aspects of the lesson. Pupils brainstorm ideas of a future flying machine.
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Balsa Glider Competition

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Change one variable and try again. Teams build basic balsa gliders and collect data on their flight distances and times. Through collaboration, the team decides on two modifications to make to the basic design and collect data for the...
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Will It Fly?

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Go fly a kite, then fly a plane! The 19th part of a 22-part unit on aviation looks at the way kites and gliders help aid in the understanding of flight. Pupils discuss how engineers used kites to influence airplane designs.
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May the Force Be With You: Drag

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Do not let friction drag you down! The 11th segment in a series of 22 focuses on the fourth force acting upon an airplane—drag. Pupils learn about the effects and causes of drag.
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Gimli Glider—Anecdotes for Chemistry Teachers

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What's the moral of this story? Units save lives! Teach measurement conversion through storytelling in a quick math-based lesson. Young scientists learn how one country's decision to swap from imperial to metric standard units caused an...
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Boom: The Future of Supersonic Flight

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Boom! Individuals watch a Real Engineering video to learn about current innovations in supersonic flight. The resource describes an airplane being developed by the Boom Technology company and compares its design to the Concorde.
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Area Rule: How to Make Planes Fly Faster

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a modern aircraft with cross-sectional areas taken into consideration. A short video in the Real Engineering playlist describes how cross-sectional areas of airplanes relate to their speeds. It shows...
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Wright Brothers Didn't Invent Flight

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
If you thought the Wright brothers invented flight, you'd be wrong. Scholars learn how Otto Lilienthal used gliders to simulate flight before the Wright brothers. The Real Engineering video then explains how the Wright brothers perfected...
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How Do Pelicans Survive Their Death-Defying Dives?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get ready to take the plunge! Science scholars go fishing with a brown pelican and see how it can withstand the impact of the water from a height of 40 feet. The narrator shows the birds in action and describes the physical adaptations...
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Resolving 2-Plane Traffic Conflicts by Changing Route—Problem Set B

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Do pilots create appropriate spacing between aircraft by traveling a longer or shorter path? An interactive presents two airplanes that violate safety protocols. Pupils must determine how to change the path of one plane to create the...
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Catapult: Flight of the Marshmallows

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Watch your marshmallows fly. The engaging STEM activity has groups create a catapult to launch marshmallows. After testing their prototypes, they consider improvements and redesign their catapults.
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Adapatations for Bird Flight - Inspiration for Aeronautical Engineering

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's a bird, it's a ... device made to mimic birds. The eighth installment of a nine-part module has pupils read various articles to learn about bird flight. They consider the implications for aeronautical engineering.
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Lighter than Air

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Scholars participate in two design challenges concerning flight in the second instructional activity of the series. They design balloon crafts that have neutral buoyancy and forward motion.
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Ant-Man Saves the Day

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Provide Ant-Man with a flying device to aid in fighting crime. The first installment of a five-part unit has learners designing and building a flying device for Ant-Man. They write a narrative essay describing the engineering process...
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Launch It!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Launch a lesson plan on flight with a challenging resource that asks scholars to first brainstorm and test ways to move a ping pong ball with given materials, then apply the results to design a launcher for them.
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Hoop Glider Design Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
The fourth installment of a five-part unit has young engineers designing and testing hoop gliders. They adjust the ratio of the front loop and back loop of the glider to determine the best design for the longest flight.
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Engineering Takes Flight

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Groups explore concepts of flight by creating paper airplanes from different types of paper and testing their flight. They use the results to identify the optimal material.
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The Flight of Amelia Earhart Teaching Guide

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Amelia Earhart's accomplishments and strength of character extend beyond her status as one of the first female aviators in America. Elementary and middle schoolers learn about Earhart's early life and the historical context surrounding...
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Why Does My Face Turn Red When I'm Angry?

For Students 9th - 12th
How does the fight or flight response affect our body systems? The video presenter gives a description of the nervous system response. As a person deals with anger, the nervous system communicates to the circulatory system and results in...
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Great Minds: Leonardo da Vinci

For Students 9th - 12th
Leonardo da Vinci was not only one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he also made noteworthy contributions to the world of science. A video discusses some of his research, inventions, and his place in history. It...
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Jets in Flight

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This Discovery Education activity provides the information needed to understand the basics of flight. Before taking off, young pilots learn the eight stages of the engineering design process. Small groups then design and build an...
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Letters of Wilbur Wright

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
What made the Wright brothers succeed? That's the questions middle schoolers ponder as they read a series of letters Wilbur Wright wrote about his experiments into sustained flight.
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Amelia Earhart - Mini Biography

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Introduce your young historians to Amelia Earhart with a short and engaging video, which depicts the first female aviator's solo flight across the Atlantic, as well as her tragic disappearance during an attempt to circumnavigate the...
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Sensational Flights!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What would it be like to have the power of flight? Let your class's imagination fly with a photography project, which includes a narrative writing component. After planning what they want a mural on flight to look like, kids work...
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Happy 100th Birthday Airplane

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students research the Wright Brothers and their plane. In this airplane history lesson, students use a hotlist of sites to research and create an airplane. A question is provided for each site.
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Single Event Upsets in Aircraft Avionics

For Students 9th - 11th
In this aircraft avionics worksheet, science fans read about the first unmanned air vehicle that collects data about the Earth and is subject to damage by cosmic ray showers. Pupils analyze two graphs of data showing the neutron flux vs....
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Rescue Mission Game

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students conduct probability experiments.  In this rescue mission instructional activity, sudents play a game and collect statistical data.  They organize and interpret the data and determine the probability of success.  Students plot...
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The Physics of Flight

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Three activities allow young flight engineers to understand the 4 principles of flight (weight, lift, thrust, and drag), to construct a glider, and to create a propeller. Multicultural history and literature are integrated by reading...
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Space Flight Simulation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in the study of flight with the help of a computer flight simulation. They take part in a variety of activities that imitate the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Students work as teams like the astronauts would to complete mission...
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Milestones of Flight

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Discover seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. By research into the major milestones of aviation history your students will recognize features that enable flight,...
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Flying High in Ohio

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Her is a lesson using the Ohio State Quarter. Pupils utilize beautifully-designed worksheets embedded in the plan, to study about the origins of aviation. Many of the pioneers of aviation were born in Ohio. They compare some of the...
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5th Grade Science

For Students 5th
In this science instructional activity, 5th graders complete multiple choice questions about flight, astronomers, measurement, temperature, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
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Paper Airplane Competition

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The guidelines for holding a paper airplane competition are here for you to use with junior high flight engineers. No educational explanations are included, however, so make sure to teach about forces, flight, and Bernoulli's principle...
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Flying with Pythagoras

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A lengthy narrative about Pythagoras and his students precedes an activity in which your young mathematicians practice using the Pythagorean theorem to solve three problems about flight and distance. Answers are provided. 
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Sculptures from the Skies

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the design of the aircraft used by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. They design a sculpture of aircraft using recycled materials.
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New Perspectives

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders imagine they are getting ready to "take off." They may imagine themselves in any type of aircraft or spaceship. They may then sketch themselves as passengers anticipating this moment.
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Flying Too Close to the Sun

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the myth of Icarus and his father and discuss the associated metaphor. They view the work of a number of artists and create a painting depicting the myth.
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The Art of Flying: Insects

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students study insects. They examine how insect wings operate and make a model airplane that mimics the way insect wings operate as the insect is flying. They compare and contrast different kinds of insect wings and color a page of...
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Principles of Flight: Flying Paper Airplanes

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate ways to enhance an object's flying ability.  In this model construction lesson plan, students construct two paper airplanes, one of which is twice as big as the first.  Students compare and contrast the two separate...
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Things That Fly

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students locate images of two things that fly on the Internet and print them. They develop graphic organizers to compare and contrast the two images and exhibit the images along with the organizers in a classroom gallery.
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Physics of a Slingstone: Slingstones in flight

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students gain a better understanding of the technology used by ancient Chamorros.  In this physics instructional activity students theorize ways to forcefully throw a fist-sized object and discuss the technology behind a slingstone.
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The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight by John Steinbeck

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 12 short answer and essay questions based on the 3 stories by John Steinbeck. Students may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the...
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The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight by John Steinbeck

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions based on The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight by John Steinbeck. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Exploring Aerodynamics

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students explore aerodynamics. In this aerodynamics instructional activity, students study the flight patterns of three paper airplanes and discover the underlying principles of aerodynamics. Resources and grade level modifications are...
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Inventors and Inventions 2:Air and Space

For Teachers K - 5th
Students fly their own paper airplanes. In this flight lesson, students create paper airplanes and see whose plane will fly the farthest. They discuss what factors affect the flight and attempt to create a plane that will go farther. 
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Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the history of flight from the past 100 years. In this flight lesson, students read articles about the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Space Shuttle astronauts. They pretend to be a newspaper reporter and do a...
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Flying the Friendly Skies

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students discover the power of wind by flying a glider.  In this weather lesson, students describe their thoughts on wind and practice using weather related vocabulary.  Students construct model gliders in class and attempt to fly them...
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Classify Machines that Fly!

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore flight and the dichotomous key. In this flight instructional activity, 8th graders gain understanding of the dichotomous key and create one of their own. Students then use their dichotomous key to classify types of...
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Principles of Flight: Bernoulli's Lift

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students discover how air pressure effects flight.  In this physics activity, students create two types of airplane wings so they can observe the way air pressure creates lift.  Students utilize a printout to create the airplane wings.
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Controlling Flight: Rudders, Ailerons, and Elevators

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create paper gliders and check for flight distance and time. In this flight lesson, 5th graders create a paper glider from the attached worksheet and adjust the rudder, aileron, and elevator. They see how these adjustments...
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An Uplifting Experience

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders conduct flight experiments.  In this uplifting experience instructional activity, 5th graders build an airfoil and place in a variety of conditions to observe the results of lift and force in flight, as well as angle of...
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Boomerangs Keep Coming Back

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate the flight of paper boomerangs. In this flight lesson, students examine the flight variables of paper boomerangs, which they make, by investigating the concepts of lift and drag. They examine what happens when an...
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Making the "best" airplane

For Students 4th - 6th
In this airplane worksheet, students compare the mass of an airplane to the mass of a paper clip airplane to see if the mass determines the best flight. Students complete 5 trials for each.
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Principles Of Flight: Wings That Spin

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners discover how flight is possible.  For this physics lesson, students investigate the properties of a blimp and gyro-copter, comparing rotating wings and fixed wings of aircraft.  Learners create their own model aircraft and...
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Things that Fly

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore things that fly.  In this cross curriculum physics lesson, students generate a list of things that fly, locate images on the Internet, and share their pictures.  Students complete a graphic organizer to compare and...
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If Peter Pan Can Fly, Why Can't I?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students redesign a human, using data in research, so that s/he can fly. For this flying lesson, students examine the characteristics and adaptations of groups of animals that can fly.  Using this research, students work cooperatively to...
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Bernoulli's Principle and Winged Flight

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study Bernoulli's Principle and Winged Flight. In this biology lesson plan, 3rd graders to see how the decrease in air pressure which occurs when air is moving allows birds to fly.
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Understanding the Four Forces of Flight

For Students 4th - 5th
In this four forces of flight worksheet, students read a 1 page article on flights, answer 5 questions with multiple choice answers, draw a line to connect the four forces to their definitions and answer 1 short answer scenario.
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The Four Forces of Flight

For Students 5th - 6th
In these science/physics worksheets, students gain an understanding pertaining to flight. By constructing an aircraft, students synthesize the forces of flight including lift, weight, thrust, and drag.
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Flights of Fancy?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students reflect on the dynamics of human flight and how objects fall through the air and how science principles are used in flight. They create a How-It-Works poster diagramming the science behind one method of flying. In addition,...
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The Physics of Flight

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discuss how the invention of flight changed the way people live today. In groups, they compare and contrast the differences between weight, lift, thrust and drag. Using these principles, they create a glider and propeller with...
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Bernoulli's Principle

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners explore Bernoulli's principle, how it is related to flight, and the effect of lift, thrust, and drag on flight. They design and develop an experiment that tests for distance traveled by their paper airplane, and record and...
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Mankind's Fascination With Flight

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students read various novels and articles about the contributions of the Wright Brothers. Individually, they are tested on their comprehension of the material and discuss. In groups, they research the role of the people in their life...
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Understanding: Flight

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review the principles of flight before performing a series of simple experiments. Working in small groups, they complete hands-on activities that demonstrate the principles that make it possible for an airplane to lift into air...
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The Shapes of Flight

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore interaction between mathematics, science, and technology as they look at process of researching, developing, testing, and evaluating airplane design. They calculate glide ratio for model paper airplane by using data...
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A Life Without Flight

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore impact of Ohio's aviation pioneers on life in America, discuss what life today would be like without people like the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong, and brainstorm and research list of items that space...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use the Internet and other resources to word process a log book describing their "flight" through our solar system. During their "flight," they discover a new planet. They study and describe conditions on this planet. Then the...
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The Wright Stuff

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this lesson plan, students design an exhibition on the history of aviation for a science museum. For homework, they write short stories envisioning the future of flight in the year 2014.
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The Case for Space

For Teachers 6th - 12th
For this lesson, students share what they know about gravity and flight, and then develop marketing strategies promoting careers in aerospace to young people. Using what they have learned, they then write recommendation letters to the...
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Paper Airplane Contest

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars research principles of flight. They design their own paper airplanes and make predictions about the performance of different designs. Students keep track of their findings in an electronic journal.
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B-29 Frozen in Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners view a video clip about members of a B-29 flying group. They complete a chart while viewing the video. They work together to develop ideas to help solve the crew's problems during flight. They share their ideas with the class.
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Glide Away

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students design and construct a gliding aircraft. They use the Internet as a research tool to gain background information about specific flight principles.
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Flight

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students are introduced to the four forces of flight--drag, lift, thrust, and weight--through a variety of fun-filled flight experiments. They "fly" for short periods and evaluate factors that might either increase or decrease their...
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Design for Flight

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research aerodynamics using Web sites. Working in groups, they design paper airplanes, test them, and choose a final plane to fly against the other groups. They graph flight results using a spreadsheet program.
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Gliders

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and build a small glider. They see how the flight of a bird is similar to the flight of a sailplane. They explain how birds get their thrust and how they control their direction of flight.
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Determining Center of Gravity

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students complete calculations involving the structure and properties of matter. They engage in a variety of problem solving activities to help them determine the center of gravity.
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Woman on a Mission

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the July 1999 space shuttle mission while learning how to cite Web sites in correct MLA bibliographical format. They discuss the mission's goals and historic importance as the first American space flight commanded by a...
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Soda Straw Rocket Activity

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students construct a rocket using soda straw. In this physics lesson, students determine the nose cone length that produces the best rocket. They explain the importance of using a control in an experiment.
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Pilots

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students read books, learn about the letter p, and have 'p' snacks all to learn about pilots. Students also pretend to fly and draw what they would see if they were flying up in the air.
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How Plane Can Fight?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and explore how planes can fly. In this plane flight lesson plan, students discover the physics behind flight and discuss how planes are important for our society.
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Learn to Build a Rocket in 5 Days

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore physics by participating in an engineering activity. In this rocket activity, students define a list of scientific vocabulary terms such as "re-engineering" and "trade-off." Students identify the rocket creation process...
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Principles of Flight

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study flight and compare various flights.  In this measurement lesson students complete a lab activity and record measurements. 
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Full of Hot Air

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore physics by reading a story with their class. In this flight lesson, students read the book Full of Hot Air and discuss the possibilities of flight without wings or an engine. Students define vocabulary terms from the...
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The Big Balloon Festival

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Pupils explore physics by reading a book about hot air balloons. In this flight lesson, students read the book The Big Balloon Festival and discuss the concept of flying without wings or an engine. Pupils define a list of balloonist...
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Excited About Flight!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students create flying objects by using materials given in 3 different flight centers. In this flight lesson plan, students go to each center and have a discussion about each one.
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One Two three Isaac Newton and Me

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders study Newton's Laws and apply these concepts to travel in space.  In this space lesson students complete several lab activities. 
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Space Exploration

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders compare flight apparatus. In this space exploration lesson, 6th graders view images of the first aircraft and a space shuttle and complete a Venn Diagram.
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A New Century of Flight- Part 2

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore airlines and flight. In this flight lesson, students discuss the size of aircraft and how that impacts travel. Students view online travel sites to determine fare pricing and record data in a chart. 
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Proportions in Flight

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders calculate wingspan and the body length of the birds and understand how they relate to how the bird flies. In this wingspan lesson plan, 6th graders also calculate their own "wing span" with their arms.
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Designing Kites

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders sketch their own kites by creating a scale drawing of an original design.  For this designing kites lesson, 6th graders draw a rough sketch, then accurately draw their design on large paper with a ruler, measuring precisely...
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Understanding Bernoulli's Principle

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explain why we fly. In this space science lesson, 5th graders discuss Bernoulli's prinicple and its relation to flight.
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What's A Mammal?

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine mammals understanding what a mammal is and reviewing the eleven mammal groups. In this science lesson, students play a game known as Mystery Mammal Game. Yet, first students research about the mammal and then give...
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Kites

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students build a kite while integrating math and science. In this kite building lesson, students construct a blueprint and apply mathematical formulas while constructing a kite. They use appropriate flight and kite terminology to...
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Sled Kite

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars make and fly a sled kite out of plastic garbage bags, dowel rods, and more. In this kite lesson plan, students plan the kite to have symmetry and make adjustments as they test it.
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Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars practice reading comprehension, note taking and writing skills. In this literacy and writing lesson, students read about the invention of airplanes, women pilots and the space race before writing their own news article on...
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Flying is a Real Drag!

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this flying worksheet, students use a diagram to answer 4 questions about lift and 2 about gravity and drag. A reference web site is given for additional activities.
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What's Your Angle?

For Students 5th - 6th
In this flight instructional activity, students read a passage describing wing shape and the Bernoulli Principle. Students cut and paste 4 wing shapes with the correct descriptions of the flight of different birds.
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Four-Wing Paper Boomerang

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students build a four-wing paper boomerang. In this aeronautics lesson, students construct a paper boomerang and identify the forces at work during flight.
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Finger Boomerangs

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students construct boomerangs. In this aeronautics lesson, students use a file card, scissors, and pencil to develop their own boomerang.
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Make a Helicopter

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this paper folding worksheet, students cut out a pattern before folding it into a helicopter. They determine how changing the configuration of the flaps make the helicopter fly differently. They also add different amounts of weight to...
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Airplanes

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders experiment with gravity and lift by building paper airplanes. For this physics lesson, 4th graders compare the falling rate of a crumpled vs. flat sheet of paper. Then after class discussion and demonstration of...
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How Things Fly

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explain basic principles of aeronautics such as gravity and lift. In this How Things Fly lesson, students visit the interactive, hands-on How Things Fly gallery at the Smithsonian. Students perform three experiments that...
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The Aerial Age

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students infer America's attitude towards aviation in the early 1900s. In this The Aerial Age activity, students analyze early 1900s literature, music, advertisements, and popular culture in reference to aviation. Students represent...
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History of Flight Timeline

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students research flight timelines and record their findings. In this flight lesson plan, students brainstorm with a KWL chart on what they want to learn about the history of flight. They then make a timeline of their findings, and...
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Lift and Drag: Principles of Flight and the Soaring Imagination

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students construct models of early gas balloons and gliders. In this balloon and glider lesson, students create models of early gas balloons and gliders, discover how the forces of lift and drag effect aircraft in flight, and put on...
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Birds

For Students 8th - 12th
In this birds worksheet, students review the characteristics of birds including their adaptations for flight. Students review the diversity of bird adaptations. This worksheet has 4 short answer, 7 true or false, 6 matching, and 3 fill...
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Measurement Word Problems

For Students 8th
In this measurement worksheet, 8th graders solve 10 different word problems that include illustrations to match. First, they determine how long ago the railway coaches started on the tracks in the US. Then, students determine the number...
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Internet Inventors Scavenger Hunt

For Students 4th - 5th
In this inventors scavenger hunt worksheet, students research 10 different significant inventors known to history. First, they read each question to determine which inventor to search for using the Internet. Then, students write a...
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Watch tt Glide

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
In this reading a diagram worksheet, learners observe an illustrated picture of a flying squirrel. Next, they read short facts explaining the function of each illustrated body part. Students match the body part to the defining...
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From Future Flight to Past Flight

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students complete a set of CD-ROM's to introduce them to the flight program at NASA. In groups, they research a topic related to flight and put their information on a CD-ROM. To end the lesson, they share their material with other...
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Celebrating 100 Years of Flight for Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study the history of flight of the past one hundred years, focusing on the invention of the airplane, the introduction of women pilots and the space race. They conduct research and then write and publish a "100 Years of Flight"...
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Flying The Friendly Skies

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students investigate the science of flight while creating their own gliders and test them with the lift supplied by wind in the outdoors. They create a chart to make observations of the flight patterns of different gliders taking note of...
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Kites of Japan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students perform research into the designs of Japanese kites in order to appreciate them for their aerodynamic designs. The appreciation builds student interest in order to produce their own similar designs.
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Wright Brothers Timeline

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students research the events that were important in the Wright brothers' lives. They develop an accurate timeline of those events and discover why the Wright brothers are important in history.
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Dayna Lykins, Leanna Prater

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare and contrast gliding flight and true flight. They investigate the basic principles of aeronautics. The class participates in activities to observe lift and the effect of air. Students design and fly their own...
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Science is a Breeze: Using Wind Tunnels

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars consider wind tunnels and their importance in the development of flight. Through computer animation, they examine and observe the parts of a wind tunnel. Students evaluate the concept of lift and drag. They build a wind...
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Vocabulary Wars

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students use educational software to improve their spelling retention using a visual approach based on helicopter flight. They research helicopters, play Battleship, or design a creative presentation after they research an aspect of...
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Things That Fly

For Teachers All
Students examine animals that can fly and discover that those animals need wind and wings to be able to leave the ground. They create a chart with two sides and they divide animals and objects that fly.
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Flight 2

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars are introduced to two of the four principles of flight: drag and thrust. As the class watches a video on these principles, they utilize ballons, straws and clothepins to simulate what they're seeing in the show. Nice,...
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Introduction to Flight

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils discuss flight, define flight, lift, drag, weight, and thrust, and discover Bernoulli's Principle.
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What Do You Know!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners experiment using a compass for navigation and consider how various instruments affect how we travel.
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The Lift Equation

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students use the FoilSim educational software program to complete an activity regarding lift. They solve a multivariable equation for each of the variables and apply the results to various problems in different situations.
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Center of Gravity Problem Set

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students read a NASA Web-based text, then demonstrate an understanding of the text by using it to complete an activity on the center of gravity of a commercial cargo airplane.
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Airplane Parts/Functions Problem Sets

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Pupils label and describe the functions of the parts of an airplane. They access a NASA Web-based textbook and read a series of lessons before labeling the parts of an airplane.
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Wing Area

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to the calculations involving the area of a wing. They use an online textbook to help them calculate the area of the surface of wing planforms.
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Energy Problem Set

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners calculate the potential energy of a glider, the kinetic energy of a moving glider and the change in velocity when potential energy changes to kinetic energy.
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How Does Altitude Relate To Density?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter by applying them to density, pressure, and temperature. The educational software program, "Foilsim" is used in this inquiry.
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Turbojet Thrust

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students, after reading the Web page Turbojet Thrust and completing the activity, explain how jet engines use air to produce thrust. The educational software ""FoilSim" is used in this lesson plan to help students calculate thrust.
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Upside-Down Wings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use FoilSim to demonstrate that the graphic analysis of the airflow around one object can be used to hypothesize airflow graphs for objects as they are elongated from a sphere to an airfoil shape.
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Things that Fly Science Lesson Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students create books about Things That Fly. Start by having the children name everything they can think of that flies. Talk about wings.
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Untitled Document Aerospace Team Online:

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils explain the historical significance of use of the scientific method in developing the first airplane and appreciate the process involved in developing a new technology.
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Look Mom, No Wings!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explain how drag, weight, lift and thrust work together to make something fly. In this physics lesson plan, students measure their jump height and record data on the table. They reason out why they can't remain airborne for long.
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Get a Lift!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explain the principles of flight. In this physics lesson, students perform a series of exploration activity on Bernoulli's principle. They relate this principle to airplane flight.
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PERSISTENCE OF VISION

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore how vision effects viewing.  In this vision lesson plan students build a persistence of vision model of flying birds.
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Newton's Third Law of Motion

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders are introduced to Newton's Third Law of Motion.  In this physics activity students examine the concept of thrust as one of the forces acting on aircraft. 
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The Science of Airplane Flight

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students  define terms, explain Bernoulli's principle and identify the control surfaces of an airplane.  In this investigative lesson students complete a lab activity.
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THE FLIGHT PLATFORM

For Teachers All
Students examine forces that effect flight.  In this flight lesson students answer questions that are asked of them and the ones that they ask themselves. 
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The Ringer

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Young scholars discover what a ringer is and make different alterations to it.  In this aircraft lesson plan students determine the best design for accurate, long distance flight. 
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A New Century Of Flight

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students study an article on high speed travel.  In this investigative lesson students students read an article, answer questions then work in groups to calculate problems. 
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The Wrights' Flight: History Through Primary Sources

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students read primary source material about the Wrights' first flight such as a journal and a telegram. In this The Wrights' Flight instructional activity, students select the most reliable primary source and compare the pros and cons of...
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The "Wright" Puzzle

For Students 8th - 11th
In this airplane worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the answers to 12 questions about the flying machines created by the Wright Brothers.
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Up Up and Away

For Students 4th - 5th
In this technology worksheet, students find the words that are related to machines that fly and the answers are found through clicking the link found at the bottom of the page.
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Rocketry in Motion

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate why a balloon flies in one direction as air escapes in the opposite direction, which helps them understand the nature of rockets and fireworks. Individually and in teams, students conduct research to create a...
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Beginning with Inquiry

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners identify details in various types of photographs of aviators and airplanes. They also generate a list of questions based on the details of the photographs about aviators and aviation to guide them through the lesson. Finally,...
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The Effects on Flight Characteristics/Performance Due To Variations in Design of Sled Kites.

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students expand upon previous lessons with sled kites by varying the dimensions or materials while building a news sled kite while working in a team. They fly their original kites and the new ones under similar conditions to determine...
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Assembling an Aircraft

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students practice reading directions from a task card to assemble a paper aircraft during their Moon, Mars and Beyond mission. They relate the activity to their mission work and recognize the importance of reading directions.
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Pioneers In Space

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners discover the meaning of the word pioneer by using a variety of different activities. They are introduced to some of the pioneers of aviation in Ohio. They use coins and conduct research about some of the persons who accomplished...
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John J. Montgomery: Controlling flight

For Teachers K - 12th
Students research the history of aviation while looking at how gliders and airplanes fly. This lesson is the perfect way to intertwine Science and History. It has variations for all grade levels K-12.
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Four Forces of Flight

For Teachers K - 12th
Young scholars explore the four forces of flight. They investigate the four forces of flight: lift, drag, thrust and weight (gravity). They experiment with flight-testing various objects commonly found around the house and constructing...
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Wright Brothers Centennial: North Carolina, Creation and Development of the State

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine technological advances and how they influenced the quality of life in North Carolina. Using maps, they locate the city of Kitty Hawk and discuss why it was chosen for the first flight. They read primary source...
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Flying Objects

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners apply measurement techniques to create a flying object. They measure, draw, and cut out a flying wheel out of a six inch card.
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Flight Unit Culminating Activities

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a variety of culminating activities surrounding a unit on flight. They design and test a plane at an interactive website and then write a paragraph explaining what the qualifications are for their ideal airplane...
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A Time For Flight

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students visit the Henry Ford Museum to view an exhibit on flight. They take notes using a pilot log worksheet and create a timeline. They share their timeline with the class and use the internet to gather more information.
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How Things Fly

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners, by drawing on their own experiences, discuss and examine the basic physics of flight. They participate in a variety of activities regarding flight.
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An Uplifting Experience

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the forces that affect the flight of airplanes through the use of paper airplanes. They conduct Internet research, conduct experiments demonstrating Bernoulli's Principle, and design and construct a paper airplane.
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Come Fly With Me...Aviation

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students conduct internet research on aviation and pioneer aviators. They create an alphabet book r with flight related terms, write a short biography of a pioneer aviator and take part in a paper plane flying contest.
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Similiar Triangles in Flight

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students, using the Internet, examine similiar triangles in remote sensing photography. They make a clinometer to measure the height of items around the school.
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Air It Out

For Teachers K
Students practice writing their names and print it in bold color ona piece of paper which is taped to a kite. They watch their names flying in the sky while running with their kites.
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How Things Fly

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Learners research the mechanics of flight and create a slideshow with one slide dedicated to each of these topics: lift, drag, thrust, and weight. They create a short quiz regarding the material that they presented and give it to their...
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What Makes Airplanes Fly . . . Why Me

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the historical development of human attempts to fly and the practice of keeping recorded data for historical reasons.
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Mimicking Nature; Science, Aviation, Flight, Wings

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students consider the relationship between form and flight and investigate the history of man made flight and how wing shape and flexibility affects the maneuverability of an aircraft.
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Airspeed Problem Set

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students demonstrate an understanding of aircraft launch airspeed requirements. They read a selection on relative velocities from a NASA Web-based textbook, then calculate airspeed launch requirement problems.
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Wing Area Effects Problem Set

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils read an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook on lift and an explanation on the FoilSim software package given below. They use FoilSim to evaluate the relationship between wing area and lift.
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Aircraft Trajectory Problem Set

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read text from a NASA Web-based textbook then demonstrate an understanding of the text by using it to complete an activity on aircraft trajectories.
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Using Graphs to Compare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the FoilSim computer simulation program, and demonstrate an understanding of the lift variables by explaining their graphical representations. They demonstrate an understanding of forces and motion.
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Demonstrate Flight

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners measure the distance and duration of flight . The learner compare and contrast the Blunt Nose and The Dart.