Late to school one morning due to an appointment, I discovered nearly 100 students attempting to fly kites in the field around our high school. They’d just finished reading The Kite Runner and building, decorating and flying was a senior project.
Here’s the problem. The kites didn’t fly. They were too heavy to get off the ground, or so unstable they flew into the ground or fell apart or… you get the picture. They were a huge disappointment to students, some of whom had put hours into creating them.
Those kites didn’t have the physics to FLY. And kites are hard to build and fly even when you do know what you are doing - unless you build a miniature kite! And I’m a minor expert in that field. So I offered this to my favorite English teachers.
This miniature kite will fly INDOORS on a short thread or outdoors up to 25 yards away, like a real kite. It is simple enough that a 6 year old can make it with a little help and interesting enough that my AP students are intrigued by it. Use this inexpensive (very) project in your ELA class as a follow up to the Kite Runner and turn your students on to kite flying!
• Teacher guide
• Pennies per student
• Supply list
• Kite pattern
• 2 versions of the student handout
• Trouble shooting guide
Key words: project, english, language arts, writing, kite, Kite Runner, essay