Flight: A Virtual
Adventure for Grades 3-6
By Karen Krupnick: Teacher
Below are activities to use with the tour, but you may have many
more of your own. They are designed to cross all areas of the curriculum
and make use of the rich resources of the Internet as well as good
- Using adding machine tape, make a timeline
of the major inventions in the history of aviation. Use illustrations
of the inventions that can be found on the Web sites to make your
- Choose one of the pioneers of aviation and
write a report about him or her. Tell about that persons
- Research one plane that was used in World
War I and one that was used in World War II. Make a chart comparing
the two planes. How were they alike? How were they different?
- Research a modern-day fighter plane. How
does it compare to the airplanes you learned about in the above
- Using World Wide Web sites for large newspapers,
keep a journal of articles that are about flight in some way.
Are there still pioneers in the field? Tell who you think they
are and why you think so.
- Write a poem about some aspect of flight
that you have learned about.
- Write a fictional story that has an aviator
as its protagonist. Include three facts that you have learned
about flight in your story. Develop the plot well and be sure
that your story has a strong conclusion.
- Do an Internet search for Antoine St. Exupéry.
Learn about his background as an aviator. Then read his famous
book for children, The Little Prince. How did he include
his love for planes into the book?
- Make a list of vocabulary words that you
have learned in your study of flight. Use them to make a wordsearch.
- Use what you have learned to make an ABC
book about Flight. The site, The
ABCs of Aviation will be useful for this activity.
- After reading through Flight
Lessons, write a diary entry about your first flying experience..
- Use the facts that you have learned about
the principles of flight to make a picture book. Explain each
term used and include a colored illustration on each page.
- There is a measurement activity located at
this PBS site: Balloon
- Calculate the difference in years between
the events that you placed on your timeline. Which two consecutive
events had the greatest number of years between them?
- Do a search to find the speed, altitude or
weight of a variety of different airplanes. Make a bar graph to
show the comparison.
- This site is filled with math activities that are related to
flight. Don't miss it!
- Create your own design for an airplane. Follow
the principles of flight that you learned and use your wing invention
discoveries to make your plane functional as well as attractive.
Make a model of it out of paper and test its ability to fly.
- Design a hot air balloon.
- Design a spacecraft.
- Pretend that you are aboard a spacecraft
Paint a picture of what you see out the window.
- Observe the artwork at this Web page:
- Using a medium of your choice, create a picture
about something that is flight-related.
- Compose a song about flying.
- How many songs can you think of that have
something to do with flight? Make a list of all that you can think
- What piece of music would you like to be
listening to if you were in a hot air balloon moving over the
land? Why did you pick that piece?