How a Sailboat Works

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An instructive slideshow presentation won't take the wind out of your sails! Alesson plan and the included presentation show how a sail works to push the sailboat downwind. It goes on to present how the sail and the keel work together in order to pull the sailboat upwind. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Build model sails to use with a fan to show how they react
  • Use the video to help explain how a sailboat sails upwind
Classroom Considerations
  • It is beneficial if the class knows how a wing works to create lift
  • The third lesson of seven in a unit
  • Resource contains multiple video links with further explanations if needed
  • The activity at the end of the resource will show pupils how the force changes based upon the position of the sail
  • None of the slides contain any notes for the teacher