Overview

Kites are made and flown all over the world. This lesson introduces students to other cultures and customs through the making and flying of kites. After researching how kites are used in other countries, students present their findings to the class. They then make a kite and decorate it in the style of the country researched.

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Introduction

Kites are made and flown all over the world. This lesson introduces students to other cultures and customs through the making and flying of kites. After researching how kites are used in other countries, students present their findings to the class. They then make a kite and decorate it in the style of the country researched.

Student Outcomes

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

Content Area and Grade Levels

Grades 2 through 6.

Content area: Social Studies

Technology Usage

Resources

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Materials

Preparation

Tasks

  1. Ask class to brainstorm with a partner possible uses for kites throughout the world. (Examples are for pleasure, competition, festivals, etc.).
  2. Create a semantic map and record answers.
  3. Ask students, working with a partner, to choose a country to research.
  4. Distribute Record sheet and T-chart.
  5. Instruct students to use the Record sheet and T-chart to record information.
  6. Instruct students to plan a presentation based on their research.
  7. Ask students to write a story about kites and the country researched using factual information from their research.
  8. Have students draw a kite representative of the country researched, using KidPix™ or similar drawing program.
  9. Ask students to deliver their presentations to the class.
  10. Have students lead the class in construction of a kite using their diagram as an aid.
  11. Arrange for the students to present their research to other classes in the school. (optional)

Presentation

For their presentations, the students will present some information on how the country they have selected is similar or different from their own. The students will give at least 4 examples. They will also state how the kites are used in the researched country. The students will use word processing to type their information.

Assessment

See Rubric.

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