This lesson package on The Properties of Air and its relation to Flight starts with an overview of the main characteristics of flight including weight, its place in space, movement and atmospheric pressure. It then looks at how moving air creates lift for flight, why we need air as well as some applications for the properties of air.
The package contains diagrams, examples and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint), an inquiry activity, 5 embedded videos and a student lesson handout as a word document which follows the PowerPoint.
Included in the lesson package is:
- The teacher version of the PowerPoint
- The student version of the PowerPoint
- An inquiry activity
- 5 videos embedded into the PowerPoint
- Student lesson handout
In order, the lesson covers:
- Characteristics of air
–> Air has weight
–> Air takes up space
–> Warm Air Rises and Cool Air Falls
- Atmospheric Pressure and whether
- Moving air creates lift
- Why do we need air?
- Application for the Properties of Air
The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.