Grade Level: 3, 8, 9, 12
Subject area: Science
Time Required: Preparation: 3-4 hours Activity: 2 class periods if reviewing, more if learning more than one motion principle for the first time
Ohio Standards Correlation: Force and Motion: Grade Three:
Summary: Discuss the forces of motion pertinent to the grade level and use the Wright Brothers development of the airplane as an example. Build paper airplanes, fly the planes, chart the flights, and if pertinent to the grade level, write a report on the data.
Objective: Students will: 1. Learn about the Wright Brothers and their achievements 2. Learn the basic principles of motion that are behind flight 3. Chart the data of the flights into simple or complex graphs, dependent upon the grade level. 4. Learn to interpret scientific data.
Materials: Typing paper (any color), pencils and paper for charts if necessary.
Activity: In the first class period, discuss the principles of flight pertinent to the grade level. Have the students construct paper airplanes. In the next class period, have the students fly the planes. If flown outside, students who have reached a higher level of mathematics may wish to calculate the correlation between the wind and the performance of their plane's flight by charting the data. Younger students can simply chart the data or find the mean and median of the flights and present their findings to the class or submit their charts to the teacher. Older students can chart the flights and write reports interpreting their data (ex. duration of flight, wind speed, length traveled, etc.).
Assessment/Evaluation Students should be evaluated based upon the charts that they create and their written reports, if applicable.
References: Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Wright Brothers Collection.
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