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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Few Ideas for Teaching Grade Six...



Language Arts:

Super Hero Story

The class will venture into the world of super heroes with their next
project. This fictional writing piece will center on the author taking on
the identity of a super hero who through special means acquired super powers
for the good of mankind. Creative expression along with strong description
throughout will be the focus of this next assignment.

Assignment Specifics:
 Create a super hero persona with you as the “other” identity.
 Describe how the hero got their super powers.
 Create a villain who wants to take over your hometown of Bedford.
 Place a best friend as a sidekick in the story.
 Incorporate a hideout, special vehicle and gear into the story.
 Illustrate what the hero looks like in costume.
 Save the day, save the town.
 Due date: Friday, May 27th.



In groups, imagine you are an aeronautical engineer designing an aircraft or spacecraft in 2030. Use the knowledge you gained in our FLIGHT unit to create a model of your aircraft or spacecraft.

Your model should focus on the following:

What is the function of your aircraft or spacecraft? When considering this, ask yourself what society will be like in 2030. How will aircraft and spacecraft influence our lives? How might the needs of human being at this time in history influence the function and design of your craft?

How will your aircraft or spacecraft design consider the forces that act on an object in flight?

What type of propulsion will your craft use?

Design Criteria:

A: You can make your model any size and design you want

B: Your craft may use any type (s) of propulsion discussed in this unit.

C: Your craft must carry out a specific function. The design of your craft must help it achieve this function.

D: Your craft must have means of carrying out controlled flight as the forces of gravity, lift, thrust, and drag act upon it.

E: You must complete a presentation that explains the specific features your group considered during the design process.

Plan and Construct:

1) With your group, determine how you will construct your model to meet the design criteria. Have one group member record your ideas.

2) Draw a labelled illustration of your model.

3) Have your teacher review your illustration and design plan. Obtain your teacher's approval and build your model.

4) Work on your model until you are satisfied that you have met all the design criteria.

5) Create a presentation that explains the specific features your group considered when you designed your model.

6) Give your presentation and explain your model to your classmates.


  • What problems did your group encounter when designing and building your model?

  • How did you address these problems?

  • If you were able to redesign your model, what changes would you make?

  • Explain why you think your model is a suitable design for space or air travel in 2030.

  • Explain how you would test at least two different aspects of your model before building it as a full-sized aircraft or spacecraft.