Brief DescriptionStudents experiment with gravity as they follow directions to create parachutes that will carry paperclip passengers safely to the ground.
Keywordsfollowing directions, parachute
For each student's parachute, you will need
Lesson PlanParachute Drop is a unique lesson that is introduced with the story of Gilberto and the Wind, by Marie Hall Ets. After students discuss the wind and its effects, they move on to the topic of parachutes. They then build parachutes out of napkins, string, and paperclips. The students gradually add more paper clips and make assumptions about how the increased mass will affect the flight of their parachutes. They time their flights and discuss their findings.
Evaluate students on their ability to follow directions, measure, and record data.
Lesson Plan Source
National StandardsLANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-DATA.3-5.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
NM-DATA.3-5.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
NM-DATA.3-5.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data