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Floating and Flying Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas
For the culminating activity for our five part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying, make ship and plane-themed dishes (recipes are included below) and present on famous planes or ships. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit. My lessons are geared toward 4th-5th grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 33 children between the ages of 1-13. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, after school club, camp, or co-op!
For our end of the unit presentations, you will present one famous airplane or ship. Presentations should include why the ship/plane was important and one interesting fact about the ship/plane. Please also provide a visual aide (a drawing, model, sculpture, etc.) of the ship/plane.
For a more in-depth report, you can provide a fact sheet that includes:
Ships: Name of ship, dates it was in use, purpose (what it was/is used for), total (overall) length, width (beam), draft (how much of the ship sits under water), weight (if available), water displacement in tons or metric tons (mt), and a short description of the ship's history and where it is now (e.g., decommissioned, sunk, scrapped, on display, etc.)
Airplanes: Designated name, dates it was in use, purpose (what it was/is used for), wingspan, length, height at tail, operating weight, max takeoff weight, fuel capacity, payload capacity, cargo hold (length, width, & height), and a short description of the ship's history and where it is now
Select from one of the below ships or planes:
USS Bonhomme Richard
USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) (1797)
Hunley, H. L. (1863)
Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer (1903)
Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane (flown by Red Baron)
Spirit of St. Louis (1927)
Lockheed Vega (1937)
B-17 (Airplane) (1938)
Enola Gray (1946)
Spruce Goose (1947)
Kon Tiki (1947)
U-2 (Airplane) (1955)
USS Nautilus (1958)
Alvin, DVS (1964)
Exxon Valdez (1989)
Bell X-1 (Airplane)
Ship and Plane Themed Recipes
After presentations, have a ship-and-plane themed lunch. Below are some recipe ideas to inspire you:
Sandwich Boats: http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Finger-food+9/Tuna-and-veggie-boats-recipe+4276.htm (You will have to cut and paste this link. I am sorry about the hassle. I am limited in the number of links that I can include on each page.)
Watermelon Airplane http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Artie-The-Airplane (You will have to cut and paste this link. I am sorry about the hassle. I am limited in the number of links that I can include on each page.)
Also remember bowls or bags of pretzels and peanuts!
Don't Forget Drinks
To make a fun punch for this lunch, create a blue punch. You can name it "Clouds in the Sky," "Titanic Iceberg Punch," or "Foamy Ocean Punch." Combine blue Hawaiian punch with vanilla ice cream. If you are serving a large crowd, you can dilute the punch by adding an equal amount of lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite). You can either prepare this in a punch bowl (and can add toy boats) or serve it root beer float style and add a scoop of ice cream to individual cups of Hawaiian Punch.
These are great cookie cutters for easily cutting cookies, sandwiches, or pizza. They are wonderful for creating themed snacks for this meal! Old River Road also sells a cookie cutter shaped like an airplane.
Field Trip Ideas
If you have a friend who owns a boat or plane, see if they'll give you a tour of their boat or plane. If you have an airport nearby, you can see if they offer field trips. During this unit we visited our local maritime museum, which has great ship models and some hands-on exhibits, and our state history museum, which offers numerous ship models (including ones the children can climb on) along with World War I & II plane models. We also drove by the airport and the marina to see some of the planes and ships from a distance. The second time we did this unit study, we attended our local air show.
What you could see at an airshow
Ready to see the lessons?
Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, create working models of various ships and a submarine, design and build a variety of airplane and parachute models, and more during this 5 part hands-on unit study on floating and flying.
- Buoyancy and Floating Lesson Plan - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is buoyancy (floating). Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, explore the relationship between density and buoyancy, and more!
- Floating Ships and Boats Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is ships and boats. Create working models of sailboats, submarines, and hovercrafts, test out jet power, examine the impact of density of liquids and surface tension on floating, and more!
- Air Pressure and Aeronautics Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Discover the properties and power of air as you watch as air pressure blows up a balloon, sucks an egg into a bottle, collapses a can, holds water in an upside-down glass, and more!
- History and Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Learn about the history of flight from the time of the Greeks through present day. Design and redesign foam fliers, balloon jets, parachutes, drag-chutes, and more as you examine the four forces of flight!
- Paper Airplanes & The Four Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. Have fun while creating various types of paper airplanes in order to examine the relationship between plane design and the four forces of flight!
- Floating and Flying Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas – This is the culminating activity for the five part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. The children made ship and plane-themed dishes (recipes are included) and presented on famous planes or ships. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.
Would you like to teach this way every day?
I use Konos Curriculum as a springboard from which to plan my lessons. It's a wonderful Christian curriculum and was created by moms with active children! This unit study was based on the Flight lessons that are part of the Trust Unit Study from Konos Volume I.
If you're new to homeschooling or in need of some fresh guidance, I highly recommend Konos' HomeSchoolMentor.com program! Watch videos on-line of what to do each day and how to teach it in this great hands-on format!