The advent of flight was, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest inventions in the transportation sector besides the automobile. The ability to fly like birds and get places fast is something that human beings have wanted to do forever. When we found out how to make it happen, it was like a new era began.
Flight is a great unit study to do with your kids because it incorporates so many aspects from math, science, and even history. If you are putting together a flight lesson plan, here are some flight unit study resources to help you.
Flight Unit Study Resources
Flight Lesson Plan Ideas
Check out these lesson plan ideas on How Things Fly from the Smithsonian. It has activities and information for putting together lessons on flight.
NASA has some lessons for grades 6-10 on Flight and the Wright Brothers.
Flight Lapbooks and Printables
This free 34 page printable PDF from NASA on the Principles of Flight might come in handy.
Star Materials has a free Bill Nye “Flight” worksheet to use.
Flight Activities and Crafts
These Paper Airplane Designs from PaperAirplaneDesigns.com can teach a lot in the way of how shapes of the planes and weights make things fly or glide easier.
About.com has a section on Flight Crafts with everything from parachutes to planes and everything in between.
Flight Videos and Clips
Great Planes is a documentary about the Boeing 747 that is pretty interesting. It’s on YouTube via Greatest Discovery.
This 5 minute clip on Why Do Things Fly? from UniTV is a great quick clip to show.
Additional Flight Resources
Teacher Planet has an entire page with worksheets, lesson plans and more on flight on their site.
About.com has a page with activities to do on Wright Brother’s Day which is in December. I think most of these could be done any time of year, though!
Check out the Federal Aviation Administration for information on lesson plans and teaching kids about flight.
The EAA has a great educational resource page with videos, clips, information and facts for those wishing to teach about aviation.
Flight Books for Kids
Being a Blue Angel: Every Kid’s Guide to Blue Angels by Mark I. Sutherland
First Flight: The Wright Brothers by Leslie Garrett