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Our Grade Two Tour Program focuses on the structures and mechanisms of a bushplane and the forces acting upon them. Students will have a chance to climb inside, play, touch and even "fly" with their classmates in an old Saunders passenger aircraft. Students will also discover how bushplanes help fight forest fires and will get a chance to climb a fire tower to put out a forest fire on their own. We will ignite your student's imaginations and interest. Your class will learn quickly that adventure takes off at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre!

Big Idea:. Measurement

Overall Expectation: Estimate, measure and record length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity, time and temperature, using non-standard units and standard units. Compare, describe and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard units and standard units.
Specific Expectation: Choose benchmarks - in this case, personal references - for a centimeter and a meter to help them perform measurement tasks. Estimate and measure length, height and distance, using standard units (i.e., centimeter, meter) and non-standard units. Record and represent measurements of length, height and distance in a variety of ways. Select and justify the choice of a standard unit (i.e., centimeter or meter) or a nonstandard unit to measure length.
How: Students will be asked to measure wing span of an aircraft through estimation, using nonstandard units of measure (large steps) and with a meter stick. Students will be asked to record measurements they take and then through an in class assignment they are able to represent the information they gathered in their own graphs. Students will discuss why they will be using a meter stick as a measuring tool and not centimeters or kilometers etc.

Big Idea: Geometry & Spatial Sense

Overall Expectation: Identify two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their geometric properties. Compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures. Describe and represent the relative locations of objects and represent objects on a map.
Specific Expectation: Distinguish between the attributes of an object that are geometric properties and the attributes that are not geometric properties using a variety of tools. Locate the line of symmetry in a two dimensional shape. Compose and describe pictures, designs and patterns by combining two-dimensional shapes. Compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes. Build a structure using three-dimensional figures and describe the two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures in the structure. Describe the relative locations and the movements of objects on a map. Create and describe symmetrical designs using a variety of tools.
How: Students will look at symmetry of an aircraft and this will aid them in the measurement of the aircraft by only having to measure from the tip of the wing to the nose of the aircraft. Students will be investigating the shapes that exist in a two dimensional aircraft and describe the shapes that exist. Students can use power polygons to create an aircraft-shaped image, using symmetry.

Big Idea: Data Management and Probability

Overall Expectation: Collect and organize categorical or discrete primary data and display the data, using tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs and other graphic organizers, with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed. Read and describe primary data presented in tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs and other graphic organizers.
Specific Expectation: Gather data to answer a question using a simple survey with a limited number of responses. Collect and organize primary data that is categorical or discrete and display the data using one-to-one correspondence in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs and other graphic organizers with appropriate titles and labels and with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed.
How: During tour students will investigate which aircraft is the largest of the four aircraft by measuring in groups which aircraft has the longest wing span. In class exercises will look at those results and see how that information can be displayed on a pictograph.

Museum Tour

  1. Brief presentation on the Bushplane Heritage Centre
  2. Chalk Talk
  3. Hangar Tour
  4. Return to Flight Centre to take up findings
  5. Wings Over the North Object Theatre
  6. Flight Centre
  7. Depart Facility after 2 Hour Tour

Lessons

Associated lessons are encouraged before and after the field trip. Many students may not have been to a museum and it is helpful to establish the rules of a museum as well as get them excited to come and experience all the fun adventures they are about to have. The following activities are all optional; our tours are developed to be stand-alone and pre or post lessons are not required to experience a field trip at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. You can use one lesson or a combination of lessons to aid your students in their experience. All the instructions for the activities are supplied and most of the suggested books may be lent out through our own library for up to one week. Some books are also noted to be in the Public Library for teachers to take out for longer periods of time.

Lesson 1

Students Will Discover:

  • What a museum is
  • What types of museums there are
  • How to act and behave on a field trip
  • Discuss the field trip to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to the students
  • What types of questions do we want to ask on our field trip
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will:

  • Reflect on field trip.
  • Place information from the field trip in a chart and interpret the data.
  • Compare data in pictograph and create their own pictograph.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 3

Students Will:

  • Use power polygons or pattern blocks to construct an aircraft.
  • Use symmetry in their aircraft shape.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Franklin's Class Trip

Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press, 1999.

Maisy Goes to the Museum

Lucy Cousins, Candlewick
Press, 2008.

The Fantastic Flight of the Silver Dart

Linda Brand, Canada Aviation Museum, 2009
Canada Aviation Museum, 2009
You may speak to someone for more information or to book your school tour at
Toll Free: 1-877-287-4752
Local: 705-945-6242
Email: Donna Barill
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