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A very impressive lesson plan on the Wright brothers and their place in aviation history. Learners discover many fascinating facts about the Wright brothers and their trials and errors regarding flight. Best of all, they get to build a sled kite. All of the instructions on how to build this simple kite are embedded in the plan, as is a nifty pre-building questionnaire which has them make predictions about how their kite will fly based on what they incorporate into it.
Eighth graders explore Bernoulli's Principle to airplane design. In this physic lesson, 8th graders explore and analyze primary source images of various examples of flight by grouping images by similarities. They explore how Bernoulli's Principle was applied to the Wright Brothers first flights.
A ten-lesson study of the history of flight awaits you and your charges. Learners get to do all sorts of great activities: they construct hot air baloons and scale models of the Wright Brother's Flyer, develop an understanding of the physics behind flight, and analyze data from a series of experiments using other things that fly. Outstanding!
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 publish their own news article about the event.
Learners identify the desired features of an aircraft and the limits that they, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists might face in designing one, and methods to solve these. They review parts of an airplane and what makes it fly. They construct an airplane using everyday materials. They chat with real scientists through a webcast interview and read bios about the scientists with whom they chat.
Students explore the lives of the Wright Brothers and creat a student-made documentary highlighting the factors that allowed them to succeed at flight. They develop an electronic portfolio to analyze and explain the factors that led to their flight. They work in groups to create these portfolios and a dramatic presentation for the class.
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 and the mechanics of flight. They determine how work by other people such as Da Vinci and Langley helped make this dream of flying a reality.
What would it be like to witness a historical event? Pretending they are journalists interviewing an eyewitness to the Wright Brother's first flight, young scholars choose vocabulary and figures of speech that communicate the experience clearly. They incorporate a full range of strategies to comprehend technical writing, newspapers, magazines, and primary source documents. The source material is incorporated into their final piece.