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Selected Grade(s): Grades K-4
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Principles of Aeronautics Beginner Text

Dynamics of Flight

Cyberchase: Top Flight
Offline Activity
Grade Range: 3-5
Create paper gliders and use a numbering system to judge them in flight to choose a winner. Learn why judges of sports performances use an agreed-upon numerical judging system for scoring to keep the competition fair.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/cyberchase/lessons/themes/mathandsports/educators.html

Lesson Plan Flying Free: Winging It

Explore flight and the science behind lift and wing shape by creating two paper airplanes – a monoplane glider and a ring-wing glider.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5, 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

How to Make a Good Paper Airplane Video – Easy Paper Plane Tips …

Front Cover

Follow the instructions in this handy video and learn how to make a good paper airplane. Get some great paper plane making tips that will help you create an
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/howto/paperairplane.html

– (Designed with Macromedia Flash 5 or HTML)
A quiz game which tests your knowledge of aeronautics as you “fly” around the world.
Play the HTML web based vesion of The Plane Game!

Lesson Two: The Shape of Things

Explore, recognize and define plane and solid geometric shapes in nature and in the world.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: K-2, 3-5 | Subject: Math, Science & Tech


Core Unit: Motion 20 Activities

In this unit the students will be involved with detecting motion and producing motion. They will be given opportunities to identify where motion exists around them and to describe the various types of motion. They will examine the relationship between force and motion.


Measuring Matter 11 Activities

In this unit students learn how to measure length, volume, and mass. A variety of different activities should be conducted to allow students to develop skill in measuring. The SI units are introduced as the preferred standard units of measurement.


  1. Grade 1 Science
  2. Grade 2 Science

A. The Scientific World View

By the end of 2nd grade, students should know that:

  1. When a science investigation is done the way it was done before, we expect to get a very similar result.
  2. Science investigations generally work the same way in different places.

B. Scientific Inquiry

By the end of 2nd grade, students should know that:

  1. People can often learn about things around them by just observing those things carefully, but sometimes they can learn more by doing something to the things and noting what happens.
  2. Tools such as thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, or balances often give more information about things than can be obtained by just observing things without their help.
  3. Describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
  4. When people give different descriptions of the same thing, it is usually a good idea to make some fresh observations instead of just arguing about who is right.

C. The Scientific Enterprise

By the end of 2nd grade, students should know that:

  1. Everybody can do science and invent things and ideas.
  2. In doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others.
  3. A lot can be learned about plants and animals by observing them closely, but care must be taken to know the needs of living things and how to provide for them in the classroom.

Lesson Title
Grade
Benchmark

Lunar Cycle
K-2
9B Symbolic Relationships

Magnify It!
K-2
3A Technology and Science

My Senses Tell Me…
K-2
6D Learning

Ramps 2: Ramp Builder
K-2
12C Manipulation and Observation

Sink or Float?
K-2
4D The Structure of Matter

Sky 1: Objects in the Sky
K-2
4A The Universe

Water 1: Water and Ice
K-2
11C Constancy and Change

Water 2: Disappearing Water
K-2
4B The Earth

Water 3: Melting and Freezing
K-2
4D The Structure of Matter

Weather 1: Weather Patterns
K-2
4B The Earth

Weather 2: What’s the Season?
K-2
4B The Earth

Source: http://sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.php


Lesson Plan

A Colorful Hypothesis

Understand and apply the term “hypothesis” while investigating the science of color. Practice predicting and mixing colors with colored water to test the students’ hypotheses about color changes.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/11/09 Grade: PreK, K-2 | Subject: The Arts, Science & Tech

Lesson Plan

Lesson Two: The Shape of Things

Explore, recognize and define plane and solid geometric shapes in nature and in the world.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/11/09 Grade: K-2, 3-5 | Subject: Math, Science & Tech

NASA Grades K-4



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