icurio 1.0 March Newsletter: Ready for the New Season!

Kites: So Much to Learn from Them!

Spring Kite

March 20, 2015, is the first day of Spring! The warmer weather brings many of us outdoors to enjoy the changing season after a long winter of snow and cold temperatures. For many, these activities include flying kites.

Kites are not only a fun activity to do outside but they can also provide a theme to learn and apply math, language arts, science, and social studies skills. This month we will explore several resources that teach students about different types of kites, why they fly, and how they have been used in history.

Elementary – Build, Listen and Learn

Interactive Resource: "The Insect Kite"
Interactive Resource: The Insect Kite
  • Make a Giant Insect Kite – This interactive resource gives step-by-step instructions on building a kite using the items many classrooms already have.
  • Days with Frog and Toad: The Kite – One of the “Frog and Toad” children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. In this story, Frog and his friend Toad spend the day together flying their kite and having lots of fun.
  • TeachEngineering: Will It Fly?– Your students can explore what makes a kite fly through this lesson plan. They will learn about the four forces that affect flight and variables involved in the engineering design of airplane models as they build their own balsa glider.

Middle – Physics and Electricity

PBS Teachers - Kite
Video: PBS Teachers – Kites
  • PBS Teachers: Kites – Danielle and Jasmin love to fly kites. Through this video, students will learn that kites come in all kinds of shapes and designs. They will enjoy watching Danielle and Jasmin prepare for a kite flying contest as they test a variety of kite styles to see how each will perform.

High – Math and History

Franklin's Electricity
Franklin’s Electricity
  • CK-12 Foundation: Geometry: Kites – Using geometry skills, students can explore why a kite is a quadrilateral, along with other properties of kites and how to apply them.
  • Engines of Our Ingenuity: Franklin’s Electricity – Some research puts Franklin’s electrical work in the scientific and political context of his day. An interesting point of view, one not usually found in comments of Franklin and electrostatics.

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