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These lessons are adapted from Smithsonian in Your Classroom. Publication of Smithsonian in Your Classroom is made possible through the generous support of the Pacific Life Foundation.

Have you ever dreamed of flying? As a child, you may have run full speed with your arms stretched and flapping, hoping that--just a little faster--you could take off. Most of us, including your students, have probably had these dreams. These lesson plans embrace that spirit of adventure and discovery by having students draw upon their own experiences and sense of movement to understand the basic physics of flight. They'll even learn that they can fly, if only for a moment at a time. All lessons and activities have been adapted from classroom-tested materials developed by the education department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

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