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Flight: Teachers


Lesson Plans and Power Points

Get lesson plans for teaching your flight unit from Sciencekids.

NASA has complete lessons plans on the "Four Forces of Flight" for grades K-4 and for grades 5-8, including this board game.

Women in Aviation has hands-on education materials for teaching the principles of flight. Check out their crossword puzzles too.

Get ready-made PowerPoint presentations on flight.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a wealth of educator resources, including How Things Fly, which explores aerodynamics, propulsion, flight dynamics, and more.

The Air and Space Museum has a terrific online exhibit about the Wright Brothers, with lesson plans for teachers and classroom activities.

NASA's Engine Technology site (UEET) has a Student Page that includes lesson plans for grades K-8.

Acrobatic flight


With this classroom activity from PBS Kids' Design Squad, students make a sky glider blimp using the design process.

The Exploratorium's Science Explorer has these activities for the budding aircraft designers:

Teach your students how to make a paper airplane.

Play with different birds' wings in this Airborne Experiment to learn about Bernoulli's Principle and other scientific principles that make flight possible. A great tutorial.

NASA has compiled a Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics, a very useful resource to help K-12 teachers with instruction on all things related to flight. You'll also want to check out the accompanying collection of K-12 Aeronautics Classroom Activities.

Balloon flight

Exhibitions and Explanations

America By Air is an online exhibit from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.

The Franklin Institute offers some unique resources on the Wright Brothers' experiments with airfoils and wind tunnels.

Here is another resource on flight aerodynamics and propulsion, including directions for making kites and model aircraft.

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