Flying Wright

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

 

Our class is participating in two internet projects that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.  To see more about these sites click on their names here:  
Wright On
            Flight Forecast

To see the projects and results of our class's participation in each project, click below:

 Flying Wright

Flight Forecast

Our class has been studying about weather.  When we learned that wind is the movement of air, we realized that wind is very important to flight.  So we decided to find out more about how things fly.

   

We read the story, Wilbur and Orville and the Flying Machine, by Max Marquardt.  It was interesting to find out that Wilbur and Orville became interested in flying because of a toy their father gave them.  So we read more about Wilbur and Orville in excerpts from the following sources:                          

 

The Mini Page: Orville and Wilbur Wright 
by Betty Debnam  
Issue October 7, 2003

        Wilbur and Orville Wright by Louis Sabin

        The World’s Greatest Inventors by Sarah Leslie

        The Wright Brothers by Russell Freedman


We tested our knowledge of the history of the Wright Brothers by using this fact or fiction quiz on Kidspiration:

Download Kidspiration Template

 

 
Click on the picture to see 
a PowerPoint Show about 
the straw planes we created.
Click on the picture to see 
a PowerPoint Show of 
our published results about our straw planes.

 

Flight Forecast

Our class has to use the knowledge we have learned about weather this year and try to be weather forecasters.

Our job in this project is to predict what the weather will be at Kitty Hawk on the 100th anniversary of the first flight, December 17, 2003.
 

Here's our groups' predictions:

 

2nd BEST CLASS PREDICTIONS

Team #1: Tiara, Billy, Eligah, & Kaitlyn

Weather Conditions at Flight Time:     Clear
Temperature at Flight Time:    
         59◦F
Wind Speed at Flight Time:         18 MPH
Visibility at Flight Time:              10 Miles

BEST CLASS PREDICTIONS

Team #2: Kristen, Ray, Delaney, & Zadie

Weather Conditions at Flight Time:     Clear
Temperature at Flight Time:    
         52◦F
Wind Speed at Flight Time:         9 MPH
Visibility at Flight Time:              10 Miles

4th BEST CLASS PREDICTIONS

Team #3: Taylor, Semaj, Asa, & Todd

Weather Conditions at Flight Time:     Clear
Temperature at Flight Time:    
         49◦F
Wind Speed at Flight Time:         21 MPH
Visibility at Flight Time:              10 Miles

3rd BEST CLASS PREDICTIONS

Team #4: Blake, Natalia & Samantha

Weather Conditions at Flight Time:     Clear
Temperature at Flight Time:    
         45◦F
Wind Speed at Flight Time:         15 MPH
Visibility at Flight Time:              7 Miles

The actual data at Kitty Hawk on December 17th:

Condition at Flight Time = Raining
Temperature at Flight Time = 61 degrees F
Wind Speed at Flight Time = 9.2 MPH
Visibility at Flight Time = 5 miles
 

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