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Our Grade Three Tour Program focuses on forces causing movement in relation to a bushplane. 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: There are several types of forces that cause movement. Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Investigate devices that use forces to create controlled movement.
Specific Expectation: Investigate forces that cause an object to start moving, stop moving or change direction.
How: Students will discover though observation as well as discussion how a bushplane starts moving, stops moving and changes direction. A mini lesson will be given in simple terms that show how the parts of a bushplane allow it to do its job.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Investigate devices that use forces to create controlled movement.
Specific Expectation: Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including push, pull, load, distance and speed, in oral and written communication.
How: We create an environment where students experience new terminology and where they see things they have never seen before. Our expert guides allow and encourage questioning while students discover all of this new and exciting information.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.
Specific Expectation: Identify a force as a push or a pull that causes an object to move.
How: Students will learn about thrust which is a technical term for the push or pull created by the propeller(s) and the engine which allows for the initial start movement of the bushplane.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.
Specific Expectation: Identify different kinds of forces (e.g., gravity - the force that pulls objects towards the earth).
How: Students will be given a mini lesson focusing on the forces that are acting upon a bushplane in taking off, in flight and in landing. We will especially focus on the force of gravity and its relation to how a bushplane flies.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.
Specific Expectation: Describe how different forces (e.g., gravitational force, friction) applied to an object at rest can cause the object to start, stop, attract, repel or change direction.
How: Students will be given a mini lesson focusing on the forces that are acting upon a bushplane in taking off and in flight. We will especially focus on the force of gravity and its relation to how a bushplane flies. We will also look at how friction plays a role in a bushplane's ability to fly.

Museum Tour

  1. Brief presentation on the Bushplane Heritage Centre
  2. Chalk Talk
  3. Hangar Tour
  4. Wings Over the North Object Theatre
  5. Flight Centre & Fire Tower
  6. 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:

  • Without air resistance, all objects would fall with the same acceleration, regardless of mass.
  • Gravity is the force that causes objects to fall.
  • Air resistance, a type of friction, works against gravity to decrease the acceleration of a falling object.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will Discover:

  • Friction is a force that opposes motion or makes it difficult for an object to move across a surface.
  • The amount of friction depends on the surface type and the force pressing two surfaces together.
  • Everyday life provides examples of how friction both helps and hinders everything we do.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Gravity is a Mystery,

Franklyn Mansfield Branley
Collins, 2007.

Forces Make Things Move

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Harper Collins, 2005.

The Magic School Bus Plays Ball: A Book About Forces

Joanna Cole
Scholastic, 1997.
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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