Learn how kites overcome gravity to fly. There are several lesson plans that use kites to introduce math and science concepts. Includes many instructions for making your own kite out of everyday materials. There is information about the history of kites and pictures of kites from different countries. Also learn why April is National Kite Month. Includes links to eThemes Resources on hot air balloons and basic weather concepts.
National Kite Month
Click on "Resources for Teachers" for links to simple kite plans, kite games and puzzles, a full history of kites, and pictures of kites from around the world. Includes information about the science and math behind flying kites, and much more.
ThinkQuest: Kid's Kite Site
This site has information on types of kites and how to make a kite. There is also a quiz about kites.
Learn about the history of kites and how they have been used throughout the years. There is also a section on how to make various kinds of kites. Click on "Basic Types" and then a kite name on the left for illustrations.
PBS Kids: Dragonfly TV: Kites
Learn how a kite's shape can affect how it will fly. Also includes some projects you can try to see how shape and size can affect a kite's flight.
This site has information about the history of kites, including how kites have been used in aerial photography. Click on "Mywave" at the bottom, then "History" to watch a short interactive movie about the history of kites.
Learn more about Benjamin Franklin's famous kite experiment.
eThemes Resource: Hot Air Balloons
These sites are about hot air balloons. Learn about wind currents and other principles that affect the balloons. Watch a video clip of students making balloons. There is a ballooncam and several hands-on activities.
eThemes Resouce: Weather: Basic Concepts
Learn how humidity, dew point, wind, visibility, and air pressure affect the weather. Includes hands-on experiments, graphics, movies, and interactive sites. There are links to eThemes Resources on clouds and snowflakes.
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