Wednesday, June 15

How It Feels to Fly (Alicia Keys)

In this house, we do airplanes in a BIG WAY!  So it seems fitting to share this extensive unit study for National Aviation Day with you, our friends.  Of course...every day is aviation day here...  *chuckle*  National Aviation Day is August 19th
My grandfather would have been 86 this week...on Father's Day.  We always held a big family cookout and then the 'boys' would go to the airport for the afternoon.  Being the oldest grandkid, I tagged along with them, because I really really loved flying!!

Not a day goes by that I don't remember my grandfather's voice.  He was the 'one,' the one special grandparent that you connect to more than any of the others.  I'm sure each of you has one, too.  If s/he is still alive, would you pick up the phone and have a conversation with them today?  For all of those who can no longer do so.

This post, and unit study, are dedicated to him.
Since the Flying Ace, our resident pilot-in-training, has been wanting to visit the airport again, we popped into the airport I grew up in, while we were in the area.  A few faces are missing, and it was raining, but ......everything changes, right?
The oldest was most interested in all of the vintage aviation gear out in the sitting room of the airport.  When I was growing up, none of this was here....it was definitely a man cave back then!!
Here the boys are playing around in the plane a few years ago...and this trip.  They're just a tad bigger now!
This airport happens to house the local medical emergency helicopter for a larger hospital in the area.  We were able to see how helicopter controls are different from airplanes.
One of my uncles works on airplanes as a job, and builds them for fun.  I guess you could say this whole 'flight thing' is in the blood!  Here, he is showing the boys a plane he just helped finish.
The boys got to see how these light airplanes are built, from start to finish.  They also learned how to use navigational charts to create a flight plan.  They had the privilege of working with one of the best flight instructors in the area as part of our older son's Boy Scout Aviation Badge.
Ace had a chance to play around in the cockpit of a plane that was awaiting repairs.  Nothing like a real plane to fuel some imagination play!
We topped off our aviation tour this week with a stop at the Wright Brothers Museum in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Aviation Unit

Vocabulary Words
flight
wind tunnel
air flow
air pressure
force
flight simulation
prototype
propulsion
aviation
aircraft
paper airplane
aerodynamics
balloon
spacecraft
airplane surfaces
test pilot
military aircraft
airplane
aircraft design
wind
glider
boomerang
kite
Bernoulli's Principle
wing
lift
parachute
air resistance
Air Traffic Control
thrust
Peregrine Falcon
pitch
roll
gravity
drag
Venturi Effect
blimp
airship
balloon
Concorde
seaplane
warbird
experimental aircraft
home built
cargo plane
hanger
airline
helicopter

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Friday, June 10

Port of Morrow (Shins)

Today we're going with the Rowe family all the way out to the coast of Oregon!  Recognize the photo below....?
Papa Rowe writes :
All of the beach pictures were taken at Ecola Beach State Park. It's used as the scene from La Push in the first Twilight movie. An additional location in that park was used for the Goonies, as well as Kindergarten Cop, for the scene with the school fair.
The tidal pools were teeming with life. More starfish and sea stars than we could count, beautiful purple and yellow razor clams and even the occasional crab and jelly. The beach there is very flat which makes the tide changes quick and dramatic. The coolest life is found on the seaward side of the rocks where the retreating waves create depressions in the sand that stay full of sea water and support the mini ecosystems there.
It was a great trip - you'd love it. The day at the beach at low tide was the best marine biology exhibit I've ever seen!!

Wednesday, June 8

Building a Mystery (Sarah McLachlan)

What better place to study NC State History than the North Carolina History Museum in Raleigh?  Here, you'll find three floors of artifacts and exhibits spanning from pre-colonization to modern day.  Since we were heading to Roanoke next, our unit study for this trip was the Lost Colony.  (Scroll down for your free unit study!)
Most Americans know the story of the “Lost Colony.” The village of Roanoke was the one of the first English colonies to be established on the soil, however this village did not turn out to be a successful one.
 The Governor of this hamlet was John White. The small population of Roanoke complained about their lack of food and tools, and they believed that the Native Americans may launch a surprise attack on them. These complaints led to John White going to England, for nearly three years, to later return along with the proper supplies the colonists requested. 
When John White returned, he found a ghost town. The area which was once a village was stripped of its people. Houses and other shelters were nowhere in site. What was left behind were some small cannons, an opened chest, a tall fence built around the perimeter of the former village site, and a single word inscription carved on a fence post, “Croatoan.

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The museum travels through time to the days of slavery, and it also has an entire room on the Native Americans of North Carolina.
A very large room is dedicated to the Civil War, with many interesting artifacts from NC regiments of the Confederacy.
Travelling forward in time, we come to World War I and the Great Depression.
In the World War II section, you can learn about how the Coast Guard station in North Carolina twarted many German u-boats and potential threats to the United States.  We really enjoyed learning about 400+ years of NC history on this rainy afternoon!  
As the perfect ending to the day, we had a slumber party at our friends' home...it's always great to catch up with a glass of wine (for us) and running around being silly (for them)!

Lost Colony Unit