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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to flight. Topics range from how planes and birds fly, the aerodynamics of flying, and related activities for children. SCIS 1591457

See also: Inventions and Inventors; Kites.

Smithsonian Education

Presents lessons and activities adapted from the classroom and tested materials. These have been developed by the education department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds, and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives, and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term Flight and flying.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Dynamics of flight

This NASA site makes great use of colourful graphics to explain the science and mechanics of flight.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


This Science learning hub site contains groups of related resources about flight. Includes teaching and learning approaches (NZ curriculum), activities, resources, timeline, key terms and a very useful question bank.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Flight activities for kids

Kids will enjoy the flying demonstrations and activities featured here, as well as learning about interesting flight related principles and facts.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Forces of flight

A comprehensive site covering the forces of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft construction. Includes activities.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

How do planes fly?

Here is an explanation of how planes manage to stay in flight. This site has links to hot air balloons, other flight related websites, books, and video clips.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term flight.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information on many aspects of flight.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The adventures of Vin Fiz, Clive Cussler, 2006 (fiction)
Jean Batten, by Peter and Ruth Millett, 2000 (picture book)
Manu-rere-i-te-rangi, by Robin Kahukiwa, 2014 (picture book)


Ultimate planes for children: a collection of different planes. C Hughes. Youtube. 4.10.

How does a plane stay in the air? Naked science scrapbook. Youtube. 3.14

How to make a paper boomerang. Rob’s world. Youtube. 3.46.