The Wright Brothers' Flying Evolution

In this lesson, students explore the process and development of the Wright brothers’ earlier flying apparatuses leading up to and including their first sustained, controlled flight of 1903. They will analyze images from the Library of Congress Web site related to the Wright brothers’ aviation and investigate the flight process of the Wright brothers and the important steps they made during their design process. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
8.PS2.2
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.
8.PS2.3
Create a demonstration of an object in motion and describe the position, force, and direction of the object.
8.PS2.4
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an objects motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
8.PS2.5
Evaluate and interpret that for every force exerted on an object there is an equal force exerted in the opposite direction.
TSS.ELA.5.RI.KID.1
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
TSS.ELA.6.RI.KID.1
Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; cite textual evidence to support conclusions.
TSS.ELA.7.RI.KID.1
Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; cite several pieces of textual evidence to support conclusions.
TSS.ELA.8.RI.KID.1
Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; support an interpretation of a text by citing relevant textual evidence.
 
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Learning objectives: 

The learner will explore the early flight process of the Wrights, explore images from the Library of Congress Web site related to the subject matter that they are studying, and complete picture analysis worksheets. Each group will investigate one of the steps in the flight process and combine that step with other steps to produce a timeline of the important steps the Wright brothers made during their design process.

Essential and guiding questions: 

How did the Wright brothers’ methodical, systematic process in building the airplane demonstrating the steps in the engineering design process? 

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

MATERIALS:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Engineering Design Process Worksheet (H1)
  • Picture Analysis Worksheet (H2)
  • Picture Bibliography Page Worksheet (H3)
  • Poster Board (cut in half, long ways)