• Study the control surfaces of a kite.
  • Study the four flight forces—thrust, drag, weight, and lift
  • Compare tethered flight to free flight.
  • Compare Newtonian lift to Beroulli lift.
  • Compare gliding to powered flight.
  • What provides stability to a kite?

Kiting Ideas:
Choose a style or type of kite to build. Americans mainly know the Eddy Bow kite. Try making some mini-kites out of paper or leaves or some unusual materials

  • A Chinese kite
  • Try a huge nylon kite
  • A kite made from a black trash bag
  • A ladder kite
  • Kites shaped like people or animals or cartoon characters
  • Kites that advertise a local business (owner might be willing to finance the project)
  • Kites within kites
  • A box kite
  • kites
  • Triangular tetra kites
  • Signaling kites
  • Target kites
  • Weather kite that supports an instrument
  • Night kite lighted and/or made of reflective materials
  • Kite made of nylon scarfs or an old used coat lining

What ideas for using kites can you come up with? Sketch kites in your notebook - different shapes, colors, sizes and designs. Describe what use the kites will be put to and how they will work.

Through the ages kites have provided more than amusement and entertainment for adults and children alike. They have been used by scientists, spies, sailors, meteorologists, explorers, messengers, inventors, researchers and even by artists.

Have some high-flying fun!

Elece Hollis is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Ron of 30 years have 7 children and are in their sixteenth year of homeschooling. They live east of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and south of Tulsa on a 40 acre pecan farm.

This Unit Study was originally published in the March/April issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com