Objective: The learner will measure the
distance and duration of flight . The learner will compare and
contrast the Blunt Nose and The Dart.
Approximate time: 45 minutes.
for the Blunt Nose
Paper (preferably stiff paper)
Lab Observation Form
1. Fold up one corner of a sheet of paper
to the opposite side. Unfold the paper.
2. Fold up the other corner of the paper.
3. Fold up the bottom edge of the paper so
that the crease goes through the spot where the first two creases
cross. Unfold the paper.
4. Fold the paper along the creases like an
5. Fold down both corners of the pleat
toward the center tip.
6. Fold up the two bottom points of the
first layer of paper.
7. Fold up the bottom tip of the second
layer of paper so that it covers the other points.
8. Now comes the tricky part. Look for the
two pockets. Underneath these pockets are two, triangular flaps. Tuck
these flaps into the pockets to hold them securely in place.
9. Turn the paper over. Fold both wing tips
toward the center.
10. Fold out the edge of each wing.
11. Crease the center, front of the plane
to give it a gentle, upward curve. You're ready to launch.
12. Predict what will happen when you
launch the Blunt Nose. Use Science Lab Observation Form.
13. Launch the Blunt Nose. How long does
the Blunt Nose stay in the air? How far can you throw it?
14. Observe and record observations on the
Science Lab Observation Form.
15. Teacher will elicit discussion as to
how planes can be altered. What effect will each variable have on the
flight of the plane?
16. Allow flight time with variables and
have students record their new observation.
17 Closure: Discuss what changes were made
and what effect they had on the flight time and distance. Compare and
contrast the Blunt Nose and The Dart .
Math Extension: Graph flight
results of the two planes. Write a paragraph to interpret the graph.
Use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the flights of the two
Evaluation: Information found
on the Science Lab Observation Form and graph regarding duration and
distance of flights.