Helicopter Experience

Monday, February 13, 2017

On Friday, February 10, our class had a wonderful opportunity to watch a helicopter land and then tour the helicopter afterwards.
We all went outside at 8:45 and awaited the arrival of the helicopter from Haynes Ambulance in Wetumpka. We made predictions about what it would look like, sound like, and feel like when it hovered and landed. The kids each wrote up 3 questions they wanted to ask the pilots.
The helicopter came in at 9:10 and circled the building 2 times before landing in a big cloud of dust on our football field.
We waited a minute, then approached the helicopter. We walked around to the backside and lined up only to realize the helicopter is about as long as the length of our class!

The kids gathered around the pilots and got a chance to ask their questions. We spent more time afterwards sketching details of the helicopter - both the inside and the outside.

It was such a great learning experience for the children! They truly enjoyed our time with the helicopter.

Aircraft Models Finished Product

The children have been working hard on creating their 3D models of their chosen aircraft. For the past 2 weeks, they've been gathering recyclable materials, forming the body, paper "macheing", painting, and adding final details. Here are their finished products!



Blimp (flying over the American Ninja Warrior Stadium)

Fighter Jet

Rescue Helicopter

Black Hawk Helicopter



Cargo Plane

One of our second grade common core standards is "With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers."
So, our next steps are to create digital presentations that show our classmates detailed information about our chosen motorized aircraft. The kids can choose between Google Slides, Keynote, Little Story Creator/Book Creator, and Adobe Spark. 

Aircraft Group Work

Sunday, February 5, 2017

For the past 2 weeks, we have been busy working on researching and creating 3D models of our chosen aircraft. Check out how our project are coming along!

Stealth Bomber planning

Discussing how to make the wings of a Bi-Plane

Forming the rotor and blades of a Black Hawk

Outlining a cargo plane

Preparing the wings of a fighter jet

Making the body of a blimp

Putting some final touches on their sea plane before adding paper mache

Motorized Aircraft

Going back to the web we started at the beginning of our project, it was plain to see what we had covered and what we still wanted to find out. Taking a look at the standards we still had left, I narrowed down to three choices for the students:
1) Study of the employees that work at an airport or on airplanes
2) Research and build different types of motorized aircraft
3) Study animals that fly - butterflies in particular

The kids voted and it was a very close outcome - but we decided to pursue motorized aircraft, then follow it up with butterflies (stay tuned for those when the weather gets a bit warmer!)

We started by researching different types of motorized aircraft in the 20th century. The kids found some really neat airplanes that I never knew existed! We narrowed it down to about 15 and then the kids picked their top three!

Here are their aircraft groups:

The children will work in their groups to research their aircraft, draw up a design and list out all the materials they will need to make it, create a 3D model of their aircraft, and finally create a digital presentation to show their new learning about their chosen aircraft.