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Building Kites 10 day unit

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Elizabeth Homans Elizabeth Homans 535 Points

Hi, I am creating a lesson plan for a ten-day unit on building kites. Does anyone have any advice or resources that I could use for this project?

Megan Doty Megan Doty 11847 Points

Hello Elizabeth, What a fun unit! I found some articles within the Learning Center that may be helpful. Check them out here: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fsc06_044_01_16 http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fsc02_040_02_20 When you finish the unit, please let us know how the lessons went and what you think the students learned from it. I can't wait to hear! -Megan

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10433 Points

See this "20 Kites 20 Kids 20 Minutes" kite from Big Wind Kites. I have used it with 4 year olds who can do the first fold, draw on the paper to decorate their kite, cut the length of string, and use the hole punch to make a hole to tie the string. We often used a stapler to attach the string because the children were able to use staplers more easily than the hole punch. They were able to cut a length of newspaper strip or crepe paper ribbon and staple it on for a tail. The tail is both beautiful and it can stabilize the kite. Scroll down to see the illustrations and photos on how to fold and staple. http://www.bigwindkites.com/20kids/20kidsmatlist.html As the website states, a simple kite can be made from a plastic bag. The long bags that newspapers come in for home delivery work particularly well. Just tape a string to one side of the opening and run with the open end forward. Best wishes, Peggy

Elizabeth Homans Elizabeth Homans 535 Points

I just added these to my library, thank you! Right now I am still in school for elementary ed, so I am not sure when I will actually implement this unit in the classroom, but I will let you know what I find out! Thanks again! ~Elizabeth

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