Our Introduction to Flight lesson plan explores introductory concepts related to flight, as well as how it relates to airplanes, kites, and balloons. During this lesson, students are asked to work creatively on a hands-on activity in which they create a paper airplane, fly it, and then explain the flight of your plane using the vocabulary from the lesson (drag, lift, weight, thrust) or explain why it may not have flown well, including the length of the flight in inches/feet, and how long it stayed in the air in seconds; they are then asked to visit a website with paper airplane designs and repeat the process, and then compare and contrast the two different airplanes and what might have made one more successful than the other, engaging students with the lesson material in a fun and interactive way. Students are also asked to answer questions related to flight in order to test their understanding of the lesson material.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify and define concepts related to flight, as well as how it is associated with airplanes, kites, and balloons.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7