NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – WEEK 19 – December 16, 2018
Wrapping up the last classroom of 2018, we will take a look a the American aviators, the Wright Brothers. From a historical, technical and business aspect, the Wright Brothers weave an intriguing story from Dayton, Ohio to Kittyhawk, North Carolina and far beyond.
Check out the classroom projects and assignments, crossword puzzles and word finds that help your classrooms #CelebrateEveryDay! The archives on the main classroom page feature a crossword puzzle from National Mudd Day, as well.
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LESSON 1 – Wright Brothers Day
Challenge the class to create the best paper airplane. They will need to study a little bit about aerodynamics. We have provided some of the basics. Students will want to experiment with size, shape, and weight, much like Wilbur and Orville Wright did. They will need to test and record their results.
Thrust is the force that moves a body through the air. On a paper airplane, your hand forces the plane forward. Engines create the thrust on commercial airplanes. Other propulsion systems create thrust for other aircraft.
Lift is a force opposing the weight of an object. Larger wings create greater lift, but a heavier body will require more lift.
Gravity is a force pulling the plane toward the earth.
Drag is a force caused by wind or air resistance pushing in the opposite direction of the plane.
GREAT PAPER AIRPLANE BOOKS
The World Record Paper Airplane Book by Jeff Lammers
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes by Doug Sillinger
Whoosh! Easy Paper Airplanes for Kids: Color, Fold and Fly! By Amy Naylor