How Planes and Other Aircraft Fly - Google Slides and PowerPoint Lesson

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6th - 9th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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This 2-DAY lesson and lab package on How Planes and Other Aircraft Fly begins with a look at the aerodynamic forces which affect flight - Thrust, Drag, Lift and Weight. It then looks at takeoffs, level flight, banking, and landings. It ends with a look at hot Hot Air Balloons and Helicopters fly.

The package contains diagrams, examples, and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the presentation), a Bill Nye the Science Guy Worksheet with Video Link and Answer Key, an inquiry Lab, 8 embedded videos and a student lesson handout as a word document that follows the presentation.

Additionally, each resource comes as a Google document or slide which has already been formatted and is ready to upload to your Drive with a single click.

In order, the lesson covers:

  • Thrust
  • Propellers
  • Turbo/Jet Engines
  • Rocket Engines
  • Drag
  • Lift
  • Weight
  • Flight
  • Taking Off
  • Flying
  • Banking
  • Landing
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Helicopters

Included in the lesson package is:

  • Google and Office versions of each resource
  • The teacher version of the presentation
  • The student version of the presentation
  • Inquiry Lab on airplane design
  • Bill Nye Worksheet with video link and answer key
  • 8 videos embedded into the presentation

The package also contains an inquiry lab on paper airplane design which allows your students to connect what they've learned in class to a real-life application.


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This lesson includes both Office and Google formats for ALL resources. The presentation is in PowerPoint and Google Slides while all documents contain Word and Google Doc versions.

  • Your resource is perfect for distance learning and integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom as I've included a link that will automatically create a copy of the resources and put them directly into your Google Drive with one click.
  • Purchase --> Open --> Click --> Assign to your students

Having both options allows you to use either without worrying about formatting issues as all the work has already been done for you. It safeguards you in case your department or school decides to go Google 100% and allows you as well as your students to access everything no matter where you are or what kind of equipment is being used.


The student version of the presentation contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.

Within my complete Flight Unit you can find the following lesson packages:

Lesson 1 - The History and Future of Flight

Lesson 2 - How Planes and Other Aircraft Fly

Lesson 3 - Improving Flight

Lesson 4 - How Living Things Fly

Lesson 5 - The Properties of Air

Lesson 6 - The Environmental and Social Effects of Airlines

I also have a range of assignments and lessons/units from other grade levels at my store. Please CLICK HERE to have a look around and don’t forget to follow if you like what you see.

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. Emphasis is on balanced (Newton’s First Law) and unbalanced forces in a system, qualitative comparisons of forces, mass and changes in motion (Newton’s Second Law), frame of reference, and specification of units. Assessment is limited to forces and changes in motion in one-dimension in an inertial reference frame, and to change in one variable at a time. Assessment does not include the use of trigonometry.


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