Manna Moment- Working for the lord
Colossians 3:23-24- "Whatever you do , work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."
It is not possible to know the true motives behind the Wright brothers determination to discover and invent a heavier-than-air flying machine that can be controlled and sustained. However, it is possible to know the 'why' you do certain things or why you are interested in certain things.
Paul tells the Colossians to do everything for the Lord and serve Him. So if you are doing your least favorite subject in school-do it well for the Lord, or are having to do your least favorite chore, do it well, with diligence for the Lord. Jesus' rewards are greater than any rewards we could receive here on earth and they are worth the effort and diligence a hundred times over. Jesus is better!
Rubber band Powered Flyer
Some students love to build things and others prefer not to so I made this activity optional. Plus, this requires glue to set overnight which makes it impossible to accomplish during class.
Here are some pictures of my son and I building and flying a rubber band flyer. I built one by myself over the summer to test it out. It didn't work as well as I wanted it to so I changed some things to see what would happen in my students flyers.
In my opinion, the latest version works better.
I substituted the balsa wood which is very trendy and fun for just some simple compressed cardboard to make the flyer lighter. I also reduced the size of the fuselage by half making it lighter as well.
Instead of using a long rubber band, I chose to use two shorter rubber bands which seems to add more thrust.
Here is how we did it:
These are the materials we used including the Glue All that works just fine for this project.
The pattern to cut out the wings and stabilizers is in the Mysteries of Flight Student Guidebook. For my students, we went ahead and glued the craft stick end to the fuselage.
We started with the fun part; placing the plastic propeller on the craft stick in the front of the fuselage.
Then, we glued the wings to the fuselage.
My son enjoyed using his finger to smear the glue to match the width of the wings that he was gluing.
Here, he is trying to make sure that he places his wings in the middle so that each side is of equal length.
After applying the wings to the glue of the fuselage, we added some weight to it so that there would be a consistent amount of pressure while the glue dried.
Then we waited a while for the glue to dry before we affixed the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical rudder.
After securing the horizontal stabilizer, we let it sit for a little bit. We then glued the vertical rudder to the stabilizer.
After all the pieces that were glued were able to sit all night to set, we measured by the rubber band where the eyelet should go in order to use it for the power.
Here is where the rubber band reached to so this is where you take a small screw and place it through the eyelet to secure it to the fuselage
This is what your finished flyer should look like.
.After you finish your flyer, you can wind up the rubber band and see what it does. It is wise to let go of the propeller one second before you thrust it out of your hands. The flight seems to turn out better when the propeller has a second to acclimate.
We played cooperative jeopardy as our final exam today. The students all worked together to answer questions and together acquired a pile of candy. I had assigned a certain type of candy to each category that they answered. For instance: 100 questions received candy pumpkins, 200 questions received bite size snickers etc.
At the end of the game, we divided up the candy and if there were extras students had to answer more questions to get the candy.
It was fun AND we reviewed the information from these past 12 weeks!!! Win Win!
Mysteries of flight Curriculum
Here is this 12 lesson bundle for sale for $40.00 on our TpT page. This is 12 Lessons that are full of investigations and information about flight and how Orville and Wilbur Wright invented Heavier-Than- Air Flight.