In this activity, students discuss what things can fly and how this happens. They work towards identifying some key characteristics of flight.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • identify what can fly and what these things have in common
  • suggest some possible definitions of flight and what things might fit into these definitions
  • appreciate that a wing structure is needed for many things to fly
  • understand that, to sustain flight, the wings must be moving through air.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student worksheets.

There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

 

Nature of Science

Scientists sometimes disagree and can have different definitions and answers for questions such as “What is flight?” There are not always easy answers. By thinking about evidence and discussing each other’s ideas, they can often come to some agreement.

    Published 21 September 2011