Flight Resources for Teachers
Students at Neil Armstrong Elementary
prepare to fly ornithopters.
flight is an exciting way to get kids interested in science. By
studying bird flight, students will explore many important areas
of the science curriculum.
wing models are a versatile teaching tool that will get your students
excited about learning. Building
an "ornithopter" or flapping wing flyer from plans or from
kit instructions is a unique language lesson that teaches students
to read for information and understanding. They'll also learn math,
science, and technology skills through hands-on experience. Students
will want to carry out their own inquiry-based experiments to learn
more about flapping wing flight. Students from
the elementary grades through college investigate flapping flight
at their respective levels.
in middle and high school can build their own ornithopters using
a beginner-level model kit, which has been specially designed for
ease of construction. You will find education discounts on
these kits available at BirdKit.com.
out the free Teachers Guide for some lesson ideas and experiments
kids can do. Language arts teachers often use Rodman Philbrick's
book Freak the Mighty in their instruction. The title character
in this story builds an ornithopter, and some teachers offer this
as a project option for their students. It helps engage those students
who may learn better with a hands-on approach. The book also deals
with friendship, loss, accepting others' differences.
Guide in Adobe PDF format
Teachers Guide now includes suggested rules for a student ornithopter
contest! Students can use kits or their own designs and compete
for the longest timed flight in your school gym or outdoors. It's
a great way to motivate learning!