History of flight lesson.

This lesson wasn’t as fun to put together as some of the other ones. But here it is:

We started by reading the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus (captured by a King, built wings to fly out which worked, but then Icarus flew to close to the sun).

Then we talked about the early efforts of people for flight. This included:

1. The Chinese flew kites about 400 BC for fun and to test the weather.

2. Leonardo daVinci designed the Ornithopter to show how people could fly, but never built it.

3. Joseph Michael and Jacques Montgolfier made the first hot air balloon.

Then we took a break and we build hot air balloons out of our hot air and balloons and then let them loose and let them fly all over the yard.

While doing this we learned how force (the air leaving the balloon) makes the balloon move.

4. Otto Lilienthal (German) made the first gliders that could carry humans long distances.

5. 1903 was the Wright brother’s 1st flight: They went 120 feet in 12 seconds.

After doing all the history we made a list of all the things we knew that flew, and then drew pictures of them on the list. It is amazing how much a

Here are some of the flash cards I made. The full words are in English on one side and German on the other. The split words we only did in English.

butterfly and ladybug look alike.

Then we did our flash cards. I made flash cards with the full word of various flight things (plane, helicopter, gravity, star, planet) and then took the words and cut them in half (a different set of cards). So there were two sets – one with the full word in English on the front (German on the back) and one set with the words cut in half. Nicholas had to flip over one of the ones with the full word and then use the split words to make the full word. Then we said the words in German. It is amazing to me how long we can go with just 5 words.

I also made a set of cards with drawings to go with the words. So then we did the same game as above, but then he had to find the correct picture to go with the words.

Then we strolled around NASA’s website dedicated to the Wright brothers.

We also visited Stanford’s “How Everyday Things Are Made” website to look at airplanes. We got distracted while we were there with all the other cool objects. It’s a great website.

Here are the websites I used:




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