Lesson Plan

Talking about Parachutes

Students let the parachutes explain the results of an engineering task.
Jenny O.
Classroom teacher
A.D. Henderson University School
Boca Raton, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to use the a photo app to explain the results from testing variables when dropping parachutes

English Language Arts
Grades 5
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1 Attention Getter

Show students a video clip of earth/space engineers to capture their interest

2 Computer Simulation

ExploreLearning Gizmos
Free to try, Paid

Assign students the parachute simulation and allow them to explore variables that change how a parachute falls.

3 Engineering is Elementary: Designing Parachutes

4 Explain results

Ask students to have a picture of the parachute they made explain the results of the variable testing that they did as a team.

(Other possible app: YakIt Kids)

5 Share Results

Free, Free to try, Paid

Students should post their Chatterpix videos to a class Padlet website for discussion and sharing.