Education Resource List

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Lesson Plans

Why Teach Kites?

Kites in the Classroom - English version (in PDF)

Kites in the Classroom - Spanish Version (in PDF)

Education World - Kite Lesson

Kites as an educational tool

The names of the parts of a kite

Kite Lessons, Grades K-8

Kite Lessons, Grades 9-12

How to Fly Your Kite

Classroom lessons

 

Activities for Students

  • Build a kite and test it - students are given materials and a plan
  • Track the wind - track direction and wind speed each day at the same hour

  • Study motion - roll, pitch, and yaw

  • Study drag - as related to kites and flight

  • Study lift - how do kites generate lift?

  • Stability - What are 3 methods that kites use for stability?

  • What is meant by "sail loading"?

  • Fly a kite with and without tails

  • Move the tow point on the bridle higher and lower. How does it affect flight?

  • How does adding weight to the kite affect flight?

  • Artistic decoration - kites can be a canvas for the most beautiful artwork

  • Hold a kite festival - the students bring kites from home to fly at a given time

  • Kite parade - students walk while their kites fly. Kites can be held by their bridles or attached to poles

  • Kite contest for altitude - students must unspool the line quickly. The one that reaches the end of the line in the shortest time wins!

  • Smallest kite contest - student's kites must fly on 10' of sewing thread. Smallest wins. Kite tails are ignored.

  • Teams build kites - students attach multiple kites to the same line to create a kite train

  • Dual line lessons - students learn to fly a 2-line stunt kite

  • Quad line lessons - students learn to fly a 4-line stunt kite

  • Junkyard wars - students build a kite from only the scrap materials that are supplied by the instructor. It must fly when it's done!

  • Candy drop - the teachers kite is used to lift a bag of candy then drop the candy from above

  • Racing with the Bols - students race into the wind pulling 6' parachutes behind them

  • Other kite games

How to build a kite and lead a workshop

Kite Workshop Handbook (print version)

Kite Workshop Handbook (eBook version)

Kite workshop products

Kite plans

Kite building

20 Kids - 20 Kites - 20 Minutes (has a video of a paper kite that can be made with a drinking straw)

Kitekits.com

Kite kits

Kite kits

Kites in the Sky

Bridge Kite Shop for kits

Book for teachers with kite plans (in PDF)

Spanish Version (in PDF)

Kite Workshop DVDs

Building Free and Recycled Kites with 12 plans

Making kites from recycled materials

Kite-making retreats:

Fort Worden Kitemakers Retreat

Oregon Kitemakers Retreat

Junction Kitemakers Retreat

Maryland MAKR

How to Fly a Kite

Free book with the details of buying, setting up, flying (in PDF)

How to fly a kite

Professor Kites Flying Tips

Kite Flying 101

Kite launch and flight

Dual-line basics

Dual-line skills

Dual-line kite tricks

Quad-line kite tricks

 

History of Kites

Kites go to school

Kite history from National Kite Month

Kite history timeline

World Kite Museum

Science and Math

Kite Physics book

Why does a kite fly?

The forces on a kite

Lift is debated

Newton's First Law applied to kites

Kite Math

Interactive kite modeler

Wind

Types of Wind

 

Language

Names for kites around the world

The word "kite" in many languages

 

 

Art

Artistic kites

Photography

Kite Aerial Photography

Kite Aerial Photographs

 

 

Geography and Culture

Kites from around the world

Names for kites worldwide

Best Kite Festivals Worldwide

 

 

Videos

Kite Festivals on DVD

Activity TV kite videos

KiteLife Video Archives

 

 

More Kite Resources

Kite safety

Styles of kites

Knots for kites

National Kite Month (Every April)

Kite stores - where to buy a kite

Curious George kite - a PDF File from PBS

Miniature Kites

Kites Go To School

Kite Links from Kennesaw State University

Kite Crew in Australia

Colorful Aircraft Kites

 

Organizations

The American Kitefliers Association (AKA)

The Drachen Foundation

 

 

Magazines

Kiting magazine (with back issues)

Kitelife magazine (with back issues)

Kite Lines magazine (back issues)

Drachen Articles

Drachen Newsletter

Stunt Kite Quarterly

 

 

People to Contact

AKA Resources TBD

Kite workshop teachers

Clubs by Region

Kite Talk forum

Kites in the Classroom

Where Fun and Education Meet