Students have long had an interest in building papers airplanes. This project will provide them with the opportunity to access sites on the Internet that provide many different models for making paper airplanes. They will be provided to use hands on experience in studying aerodynamics. This project will enhance and illustrate many of the concepts and principals studied in the unit on Flight in the grade five resource, Innovations.
The students will be set up in groups of four. Each group will be assigned a model to build that they find on the Internet. All four children will build a model for the same type to account for the different levels of manual dexterity in students. Under the teachers guidance the class will set up questions which we will be attempting to answer. Each group will provide a written description of their model, prepared on the computer. When the modals are ready, they will test them out and following the criteria set up as a class, they will record and chart the results.
Finally each group will be required to present orally their experience and findings to the rest of the class.
As a follow up to the unit and this activity we would access the Internet site for NASA's Aeronautics Curriculum for K-6 to explore other information, possible experiments or activities to enhance out theme.
Main Curriculum Areas:
Connection to Overall Curriculum Plan for School:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Provincial Learning Outcomes:
These Learning Outcomes are all related to the Provincial Curriculum goals for Science, Mathematics and Language Arts.
ILO's of Technology Education:
By taking part in this project students will:
1. Use the computer to access the Internet to obtain information by:
2. Use a Word Processor to:
Stellar Schools Internet Connection:
The project will allow the students to be introduced to the Internet and use it to access information pertaining to their current science theme. While providing them with information, this opportunity will greatly improve their computer technology skills. Most of these students can only access these types of resources in the school setting and through programs such as the Stellar Schools Internet connection.
The previously listed learning outcomes will be used to determine the level of achievement by the students as a result of completing this project. There will be a use of checklists, anecdotal records and question sheets to record the observations of the teacher. The students will also do some self-evaluation and peer-evaluation within their groups.
This project will allow for hands-on learning and building of self-esteem and confidence in the students, as well as broadcasting the use of resources and technology in the school.