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Book 17: Flight: Control in the Air

Levels: 1-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world , Physical world icon. Physical world


Flight: Control in the Air covers the principles of flight and the structures and adaptations that make flight possible.

Children can relate to science concepts about flight through a variety of familiar experiences, ranging from flying kites to bird watching and travelling in aircraft. This book introduces the concept and principles of flight and provides opportunities to investigate the forces involved in flight as well as the structures and adaptations in animals and machines that enable flight.

Children may think that anything that is moving through the air is flying, for example, kites, birds, hot-air balloons, and aircraft. This book presents the concept of flight as controlled movement through the air using an object's own power source (that is, powered flight). This definition distinguishes flying objects, such as aeroplanes and birds, from those that are carried by the air, such as hot-air balloons and thistledown.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Flight: Control in the Air.

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Assessment resources

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