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Lesson 05 – Experiment: Build an Aircraft

Read The Experiment

Build an Aircraft

What You Need
What You Do
What You Need

  • Paper or plastic bags
  • Pipe cleaners, straws, craft sticks
  • Glue, tape, paper clips
  • Measuring tape, timer

What You Do

  1. Decide what type of aircraft you will build. For example, you might build an airplane, a spinner, or a glider.
  2. Draw a plan and list the materials you need.
  3. Decide how you will test the aircraft. Will you test the steering, time in the air, distance travelled, or all three?
  4. Build the aircraft and conduct flight tests.
  5. Record your findings.

Record your tests on a piece of paper using the same format as the table below.


Flight Time

Distance Travelled





Now Show What You Know!

Complete some questions about the reading selection by clicking “Begin Questions” below.