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Up, Up, and Away: Airplanes

Activity Objectives

  • Students will practice flying airplanes, and will be given the chance to modify a basic design to make a plane that flies the way they would like it to.

Vocabulary/Literature Resource

  • Fly, glide, wing, nose, body, tail, lift

Materials Chart

Consumable supplies to gather and/or purchase:   

  • Pre-folded paper airplanes, simple design
  • Crayons
  • Paper clips   

Permanent supplies

  • Scissors

Activity Plan

Students and parents should be encouraged to take a paper airplane and try flying it. After a flight, students can be asked to think of ways to make their plane fly better.
Some ideas:

  • Paper clips can be added to the nose for weight.
  • Flaps can be cut in the tail. Angle up to increase lift, angle down to give less lift, see what happens when one is up and one is down.
  • Encourage children to come up with their own creative ideas, and try them out!
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