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Lesson Plans

This site is designed to provide you with an overview of the lesson plans and subjects covered in the Aerospace Team Online Web Site. Each lesson is listed by the title of the activity, subject and topic covered, and the grade level for which the lesson was created.

Aerospace Lesson Plans

The Aerospace Lesson Plans provide activities for all grade levels that focus on aeronautics and aircraft. They can be used as stand alone lessons or as part of a unit. The three mini-units: General Aviation Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft, and Research Aircraft provide students with a variety of activities that span across the curriculum.

 Title Subject Topic Grade Level 
Code Breaker Activity Problem Solving Word Puzzle K - 3
Wooden Helicopter Aeronautics Propulsion K - 3
Paper Whirlygig Aeronautics Propulsion K - 3 
"Maple Seed" Helicopter Aeronautics Propulsion K - 3
757 Glider Kit PDF Science Inquiry 5 - 12
Wind Tunnels: Laminar Flow, Turbulent Flow, Reynolds Numbers, Dynamic Similitude Aeronautics Definitions 9 - 12
       
General Aviation Aircraft History Aircraft 5 - 8
Forces on Aircraft Aeronautics Definitions 5 - 8
Wing It! Science Lift 5 - 8
Funnel Follies Science Bernoulli's Principle 5 - 8
Science Challenge Science Lift 5 - 8
Learning Windows Assessment Lift 5 - 8
       
Commercial Aircraft History Aircraft 5 - 8
Aerodynamics of Maneuvering Flight Aeronautics Definitions 5 - 8
Model Builders Math Dimensions 5 - 8
Slow Down! Science Drag 5 - 8
Science Challenge Science Drag 5 - 8
Learning Windows Assessment Drag 5 - 8
       
Research Aircraft History Aircraft 9 - 12
Loop Airplane Math Median, Mean 9 - 12
Loop - D - Loop Airplane Math Radius, Circumference 9 - 12
Aerodynamics of Maneuvering Flight Science Center of Gravity 9 - 12
Science Challenge Science Center of Gravity 9 - 12
Learning Windows Assessment Center of Gravity 9 - 12


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Centennial of Flight

Use these lessons in conjunction with the Centennial of Flight events or the archives.

 Title Subject Topic Grade Level 
K-2 - Problems and Solutions in Aircraft Design problem solving airplane design

K-2

3-5 - Features and Limits of Aircraft Design identify limits airplane design 3-5
6-8 - Criteria and Constraints in Aircraft Design identify criteria airplane design 6-8
9-12 - Testing and Refining Aircraft Design explain methods airplane design 9-12

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Planetary Flight

Use these lessons in conjunction with the Planetary Flight web site. After reviewing flight in Earth's atmosphere, students design airplanes for flight on Mars.

 Title Subject Topic Grade Level 
PDF Version of the Teachers Edition Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane

5-8

A Lift experiment Physics Lift 9-12
Using this Web Site Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Problem-based Learning in Brief Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
The Scenario and the Problem Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
(Anticipated) Student Outcomes Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
PBL and Mars Airplane Overview Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Step 1: Introducing the Problem Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Step 2: The Scenario and Student Roles Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Step 3: Crafting the Problem Statement Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Step 4: Developing Their Essential Questions Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8

Step 5: Performing Research and Instructional Activities

Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8

Step 6: Design and Refine the Prototype

Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Step 7: Presentation of Proposals Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Student Assessment Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8
Appendices Problem-based learning Design a Mars Airplane 5-8


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Wright Flyer

Use these lesson plans to teach your students about the Wright Flyer by looking at data from the AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer wind tunnel test. You may also access these plans and additional information about this project at Wright Flyer Online Lesson Plans.

Title Subject Topic Grade Level
Know All the Angles Math, Science Lift, Drag, Angle of Attack 4 - 8
"Wright-ing" Prompt: Newspaper Article Language Arts  Journalism 5 - 8
"Wright-ing" Prompt: Writing Your Own Ballad Language Arts Poetry 5 - 8
"Wright-ing" Prompt: Concrete Poetry Language Arts Poetry 5 - 8
Countdown to Flight! Language Arts Literature Unit 5 - 8
Aeronautical Experiment: Balloon Thrust Science Thrust 5 - 8
Aeronautical Experiment: Faster Air = Lower Air Pressure 1 Science  Air Pressure 5 - 8
Aeronautical Experiment: Faster Air = Lower Air Pressure 2 Science Air Pressure 5 - 8
Aeronautical Experiment: Aircraft Control / Student Project - Make Your Own Glider Science Aircraft Control, Surfaces 5 - 8
Wind Tunnel: Student Reading Science Reading 5 - 8
Wind Tunnel: Student Worksheet Science Comprehension 5 - 8
Wind Tunnel Experts Interview: Worksheet Science Comprehension  5 - 8
Computational Fluid Dynamics Experts Interview: Worksheet Science Comprehension  5 - 8
Making A Comparison: Wright Flyer vs. Modern Airplane Science Comparison 5 - 8
Timeline Activity Sheet #1: Wright Brothers Scavenger Hunt Social Studies Timeline 5 - 8
Timeline Activity Sheet #2: Gotta Problem? Find A Solution! Social Studies Timeline 5 - 8
Timeline Activity Sheet #3: That Happened, Too? Social Studies Timeline 5 - 8
Timeline Activity Sheet #4: High Tech Scavenger Hunt Social Studies Timeline 5 - 8
Historical Radio Interview of the Wright Brothers Social Studies Research 5 - 8
Parallel Timeline of the Wright Flyer's Development Social Studies Timeline 5 - 8
Wind Tunnel Averages Math Averages 5 - 8
Graphing the Four Forces  Math Graphing 5 - 8
Flying the Pythagoras Math Squares, Square Roots 5 - 8
Computing the Net Forces Math Force 5 - 8
The Aspect Ratio of Wings Math Aspect Ratio, Area 5 - 8
Getting the Wright Pitch Math Pitch, Lift 6 - 8
Watch Your Attitude Science Altitude 6 - 8
 Up, Up, and Away Science, Math Lift 9 - 12


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Regimes of Flight

The following lesson plans were designed for use as additional aeronautical information for students in grades 5-8. These lessons teach students about flight at different speeds in a variety of curriculum areas. These lesson plans are also available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free shareware) to download them. Download the Regimes of Flight PDF Lesson Plans. For more information about the Regimes of Flight Lesson Plans, visit the Table of Contents which provides goals, objectives, and correlations to National Standards.

Title Subject Topic Grade Level
Student Reading: Regimes of Flight  Language Arts Reading 5 - 8
Student Worksheet: Regimes of Flight Language Arts Comprehension 5 - 8
Student Reading: Speed of Sound Language Arts Reading 5 - 8
Student Worksheet: Speed of Sound Language Arts Comprehension 5 - 8
Student Reading: Aeronautics of the Space Shuttle Language Arts Reading 5 - 8
Student Worksheet: Aeronautics of the Space Shuttle Language Arts Comprehension 5 - 8
Aircraft Trading Card Language Arts, Art Make a Trading Card 5 - 8
Writing Experience: Sound Wave Travel Language Arts Writing 5 - 8
Writing Experience: Airplane Discussion Language Arts Writing 5 - 8
Mach and Mile Mathematics with the X - 15 Math Altitude 5 - 8
Aspect Ratio of Wings Math Aspect Ratio, Area 5 - 8
Experiment: Air has Weight Science Air Density 5 - 8
Experiment: Air Has Stuff In It Science Air Molecules 5 - 8
Experiment: The Force of Thrust Science Thrust 5 - 8
In-depth Mathematics Activity: Glide Slope Math Glide Slope, Scatter Plot 5 - 8
       
Mini Literature Unit: A New Regime: Language Arts Overview of Unit 5 - 8
A New Regime Language Arts Literature / Picture Book 5 - 8
Aeronautical Vocabulary Crossword Language Arts Word Puzzle 5 - 8
New Regime Vocabulary Crossword Language Arts Word Puzzle 5 - 8
Test Pilot: Strengths and Abilities Language Arts Comparison 5 - 8
Yeager: Bio Scavenger Hunt Language Arts Research 5 - 8
Reading Comprehension Questions Language Arts Comprehension 5 - 8
Ten Important Questions Language Arts Critical Thinking 5 - 8
Writing Experience: Writing A Newspaper Article Language Arts Writing: Journalism 5 - 8
Activity: TV News Report Language Arts Oral Language: Report 5 - 8
Activity: Historical Interview Social Studies Oral Language: Interview 5 - 8
Writing Experience: Concrete Poetry Language Arts Poetry 5 - 8
Activity: Commemorative Poster Language Arts, Art Make a Poster 5 - 8

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