Airplane Tails and Wings: Are You in Control?

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Keep everything under control. The lesson, the 16th segment in a 22-part unit, provides a more detailed look at the parts of a plane, specifically the control surfaces. Pupils learn about the construction of the wings and the tails and how the control surfaces of each affect the flight of the plane.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show a video of making control surfaces for a model plane
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes the class has built paper airplanes
  • It is beneficial if individuals are familiar with the parts of an airplane
Pros

  • Provides a simple extension activity using a basic paper airplane design
  • Includes questions to use as a post-lesson assessment
Cons

  • None
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