Paper Airplanes Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Paper Airplanes. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- From the volunteer editors at dmoz, The Open Directory Project, comes this
extensive list of paper airplane links.
the Best Paper Airplane in the World
- This model is the DC-3 of paper airplanes. The author provides detailed,
illustrated instructions on how to build it. Also included are specific instructions
on how to fly the plane and make modifications to its flight path.
- Bob McDonald, host of the CBC radio science program Quirks and Quarks,
provides instructions on making a new paper airplane each month. Previous
planes are archived in this CBC4Kids site.
Things Fly Resource Center
- Check their section titled "Science Activities" for a number of activities
to help demonstrate the various characteristics of air and how they are important
to flight. Also, there are links to aerospace websites and information.
Paper Airplane Gliders
- A lesson for elementary/middle students who first are challenged to make
a paper glider that will fly and then to experiment with the design to improve
- This designer of paper airplanes, who originally learned to make origami,
has decided to share six of his designs over the Internet. He includes instructions
on how to build and fly them.
to a Flying Start
- From NASA, the K-4 telecommunications project challenges students to build
paper airplanes, fly them, and share data with other classes. Instructional
materials provided within the site enable young students to learn about the
basics of flight, construct a "Falcon Flyer", and create their own design.
Kamikaze Water Flyer
- Online instructions (requires Java) for building a flying paper waterbomb
- Instructions on how to run experiments to determine how some variables
will affect the flight of paper airplanes.
Palmer Paper Airplanes
- No Cutting, no weights, no glue or tape. His planes are folded from a single
sheet of 8 1/2" X 11" paper. These planes are designed to fly and
they actually do.
Airplanes "Fliers Club"
- Instructions for building for different types of airplanes and tips for
- Considered the leading authority on paper airplanes, Ken Blackburn is an
aeronautical engineer, the author of three paper airplane books, and the Guinness
record holder for time aloft. His main web site is full of information (above
button) but teachers and students may be particularly interested in the following
three sections in his site.
a Simple Paper Airplane Clearly illustrated instructions on how to
build a simple paper airplane.
Airplane Aerodynamics Some of the issues discussed include tail and
wing shape, weight distribution, launching, ascent, and details for attempting
a world record for time aloft.
Airplane History The history section is a brief discussion because
he has found little documented references.
- A grade 2-7 lesson plan designed to encourage students to set-up an experiment,
collect data, test a hypothesis, manipulate a variable and test the results,
and organize the information after an experiment.
- In this lesson plan, intermediate students investigate the streamlined
shape of aircraft. Caution: expect a slow response from the server before
you can download the page.
- Similar to some of the airplanes, this plan allows students to easily experiment
with different design characteristics. The page includes an explanation of
how it works with air and how to play a game with roto-copters.
- This design of paper airplane that has been around for 30 years. The author
describes it as "the best paper airplane there is ... no hassles like paper
clips, scissors, or tape" and he provides easy-to-follow illustrated instructions
for its construction.
- The spinning blimp is a simple design of flying aircraft and allows students
to quickly and easily test a hypothesis. Make a change on the blimp, predict
how it might fly, then test it.
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