Cometas / Kites

In term 2 in 3/4A we began with a unit to learn about cometas / kites. We already knew that many kites are in the shape of a diamond and that they are made with sticks and different materials. We knew that kites need the wind to fly and some people knew kites are originally from China. This term we have been exploring how the power of the wind can make our kites fly.

We watched a presentation and learnt how kites have been used for over 5,000 years! People in China used them during war to scare their enemies and they were also used as a type of flag. Kites have also  been important for many discoveries in science and meteorology, for example Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning is electricity. Scientists also put a thermometer in a kite and send it to the sky, to discover if the temperature in the atmosphere was  different. This experiment lead to what is now weather forecasting. Kites were very important in developing planes! Big kites were made as ‘man-lifters’ and that way engineers and scientists understood aerodynamics and how to fly.

Image from 1908. Man-lifter kite designed by Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913)
Image from 1908. Man-lifter kite designed by Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913)

We learnt kites are used for sports, including sailing and for cultural celebrations. There are even kite festivals in many countries! But we still had a lot of questions:

  • Who invented kites?
  • How can I construct a kite?
  • How were they used to scare people?
  • Would my kite fly?
  • How can kites hold weight?
  • How can they hold ice skates?
  • How big can kites be?
  • How do you fly a kite?
  • Why do we have kites?
  • What type of colours do they use?
  • Do they make hand made kites?
  • How is it possible for kites to carry people?
  • What is the biggest kite in the world?

We could only make our own kites to find out some of the answers and have a better idea of how they have been so important for discoveries.

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It took us several weeks to decorate and assemble our kites, but we LOVED flying our kites!

Everyone felt very happy.

Do you like kites? What would you do different next time? How did the power of the wind affected the kite flying?

Harleen, Gurleen & Señora García

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