Aviation and the Elementary Student: An Alternative Unit to Teach Forces and Motion

Aviation and the Elementary Student: An Alternative Unit to Teach Forces and Motion

1 graduate credit
Instructor: Erron J. Sagen

This course will provide the elementary/middle teacher with the background to teach the four forces of flight to the intermediate grade student to meet the forces and motion benchmarks or learning targets of their district. It will provide the teacher with the ideas and the format to develop and integrate literature and hands-on science experiences for their students. The classroom teacher of today needs to teach science in connection with the other content areas in order to fully utilize the ever-shrinking minutes of the elementary day. This course will stress the importance of integration and the benefits of hands-on science experiences with the student learners while meeting basic physical science standards/learning targets through the exciting world of aviation.

Instructor Bio

Erron J. Sagen

Erron J. Sagen has been a classroom teacher for 25 years. She co-authored and teaches a year-long aviation curriculum in her Third Grade Aviation Charter Classroom in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the past nine years.

Erron has also co-developed and trains teachers on a six-week aviation kit taught by teachers throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Rocky Mountain region and Singapore.

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction

This course will provide you, the intermediate elementary teacher, with the background to teach the four forces of flight to your students to meet the forces and motion benchmarks or learning targets of your district. It will provide you with the ideas and the format to develop and integrate literature and hands-on science experiences for your students. The classroom teacher of today needs to teach science in connection with other content areas in order to fully utilize the ever-shrinking minutes of the elementary day. This course will stress the importance of integration and the benefits of hands-on science experiences with the student learners while meeting basic physical science standards/learning targets though the exciting world of aviation.

Objectives:

  1. Explore the four forces of flight and the theories behind them that allow man to fly.
  2. Explore the different teaching theories when teaching science that can be applied by the classroom teacher.
  3. Recognizing the standards that each individual teacher has to meet in the area of science education and the types of student activities and products that could show student mastery of those standards.
  4. Explore the opportunities available to integrate literature to enhance and solidify key concepts in science education.

Course Composition

In the first lesson, you will investigate the methodology when teaching science to the elementary student, promoting scientific inquiry, but also keeping in mind the reality of multiple curriculums being taught within a day.

The next four lessons, you will learn about four forces of flight and how they act upon the airfoil of the wing, allowing the airplane to fly. You will explore simple hands-on activities that will teach lift, gravity, thrust and drag that your intermediate-aged students can perform, and historical people who were innovators in the field of aviation. The lessons will introduce the use of literature that will further explore aviation topics and people, allowing for the integration of literacy standards/learning targets.

You can discuss your progress through the six-week unit with your teacher who teaches aviation in her classroom in the field on-line, and share ideas or concerns via the Internet at your own convenience.

Course Requirements and Recommendations

  1. Course participants will be required to actively participate in five "lectures" focused to cover the above objectives within a six-week period.
  2. Course participants will complete a ten-question assessment based on the information that they gleaned from each of the five lectures with 100% mastery. Opportunities to retake each assessment will be provided with in a six-week period.
  3. Participants will develop one or more lesson plans that will compliment their understanding of the course and their grade level science standards. This lesson plan should include a method of assessing their students' proficiency levels in rubric form. This will be completed by the last day of the six-week period.

  4. Topic:______________________________

    Summary of Lesson Plan:
    1. Identify the content standards(s) and/or Benchmarks for Literacy and Physical Science involved : (You may use your state or district guidelines for this requirement) For help, use www.cesa7.k12.wi.us Click Depts & Services; Click School Improvement Services; Click Curriculum, Click Standards, and Click Benchmarks by Grade and Benchmarks by Standards.
    2. List what you want the students to know and do. (Student Friendly Objectives)
    3. Identify what teaching strategies, activities, or demonstrations that will be used. (Procedure)
    4. Describe or document how you will know how the students have mastered your objectives. (Evaluation or Assessment Of/For Learning)

  5. As your final assignment, please complete the electronic course evaluation at the end of the course and provide us with any comments or suggestions that will help us improve this learning experience. Thank you.

Textbooks

Picture-Perfect Science Lessons
NSTA Press (Purchase through Amazon.com)
Amazon.com     ISBN#  10 0873552431      ISBN# 13 978-0873552431

Adult learners will complete the reading provided in each of five on-line lectures.

Browser Requirements

You will need to utilize either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web Browsers. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version to include important security updates. Students that use other web browsers, such as Safari, do so at their own risk.

Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

To be eligible to receive credit, students must do the following:

  1. Pay the online course fee by purchasing a course activation code on this web site (AdamsStateOnline.com).
     
  2. Pay the tuition fee by registering as a student on the Adams.edu web site. Pay tuition by visiting the Adams State College registration form.
     
  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

Course Dates

Students are given a 2-month period in which to finish each course. Courses are offered continually throughout the year. Each enrollment period starts on the 1st of the month and ends two months later. Enrollment periods are listed below.

Students can enroll in a current enrollment period anytime between the 1st through the 10th of the month. Enrollments submitted after the 10th of the month will be moved to the next enrollment period.

For example, if a student registers for a class on January 2nd, he/she will be enrolled in the Jan.–Feb. enrollment period. If a student registers for a class January 11th, he/she will be enrolled in the Feb.–Mar. enrollment period.

Students moved to the next enrollment period will have to wait until the 1st day of the month to obtain access to their course.

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SKU SCED589-V104
ASC Tuition 55.00
 
Online course fee: $140.00
 
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