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Lesson Plan 5
The lesson plans provided within this section are designed to help you further explore the subject of aviation in the classroom.
In addition to science and technology, these lessons also cover the subjects of language arts, history, civics and economics. Many of the lessons tie in not only with the "Chasing the Sun" series, but with content provided within other sections of the series' companion web site. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, education standards, procedures, and suggestions for extensions of the lessons. A summary of the lessons appears below.
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Education Advisor for "Chasing the Sun"
Summary of Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan 1: Here Comes Bernoulli
(Science - Grades 6-8)
Three simple classroom activities help students understand Bernoulli's principle about how air pressure affects a plane's ability to fly.
Lesson Plan 2: Fly Away
(Science - Grades 6-8)
Students learn about aerodynamics through the design, testing and redesign of paper airplanes.
Lesson Plan 3: Innovators in Aviation
(Language Arts, History, and Technology - Grades 6-8)
Students research, write and make a class presentation regarding an innovator in the field of aviation.
Lesson Plan 4: Debates in Aviation
(Civics and Economics - Grades 9-12)
Students will debate public policy issues relating to aviation, such as regulation of the airline industry.
Lesson Plan 5: The Write Stuff
(Language Arts - Grades 9-12)
Students will read first-person autobiographical narratives of aviators, then write their own non-fiction essay.
About the Education Advisor
Nancy McIntyre is a high school science teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California. She is the mentor teacher for the Panda Robotics team in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competition. Space and NASA-related projects include: summer teacher in residence at the Glenn Research Center (1999); NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Teacher; NASA Educational Workshop for Mathematics, Science and Technology (NEWMAST) teacher at the Dryden Research Center (1998); member of the U.S. Space Foundation; and participant in the Project Starshine.