How Planes and Other Aircraft Fly Lesson

This 2-DAY lesson and lab package on How Planes and Other Aircraft Fly begins with a look at the aerodynamic forces which affect flight - Thrust, Drag, Lift and Weight. It then looks at takeoffs, level flight, banking and landings. It ends with a look at hot Hot Air Balloons and Helicopters fly.

The package also contains an inquiry lab on paper air plane design which allows your students to connect what they’ve learned in class to a real life application.

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The package contains diagrams, examples and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint), a Bill Nye the Science Guy Worksheet with Video Link and Answer Key, a inquiry Lab, 8 embedded videos and a student lesson handout as a word document which follows the PowerPoint.

In order, the lesson covers:

- Thrust
–> Propellers
–> Turbo/Jet Engines
–> Rocket Engines
- Drag
- Lift
- Weight
- Flight
–> Taking Off
–> Flying
–> Banking
–> Landing
- Hot Air Balloons
- Helicopters

Included in the lesson package is:

- The teacher version of the PowerPoint
- The student version of the PowerPoint
- Inquiry Lab on airplane design
- Bill Nye Worksheet with video link and answer key
- 8 videos embedded into the PowerPoint
- Student lesson handout

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Created: Nov 20, 2015

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

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