The kids unanimously agreed that they wanted one of their next unit studies to be about flying. As I began typing up all of the activities we’ve been doing, I realized that my post was getting super long, so I’ve once again separated our study into parts. This first part will encompass our study of the four forces of flight and kites. Our projects with hot air balloons, gliders, airplanes, and more will be coming soon.
I thought it would make the most sense to talk about the history of flight in chronological order. Thankfully, I stumbled on Explore Flight! by Anita Yasuda. The book starts with flight in nature–the inspiration for humans who wanted to fly–and ends with rockets. Included are “25 great projects”–though I had issue with a few, particularly the ornithopter project, which was really just a glider with some added feathers.
Of course, I can’t just use one book and leave well enough alone, so I did quite a bit of supplementing and elaborating by using additional materials. Continue reading