The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

Book Info

Grade Level
Elementary School
STEM Concepts
Aviation, The Science of Flight, Lift, Weight, Drag, Thrust, Aerodynamics
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN
978-1442451230

When a little boy loses his favorite toy airplane, he invests a lot of energy and time in getting it back. Read this wordless book and let your imagination soar! Then, take a journey with us to learn about the science of flight. Check out our activities on creating paper airplanes to demonstrate principles of lift, weight, drag, and thrust. We have templates and video tutorials for folding each style of airplane. Watch our video featuring STEM Outreach Associate Pettee Guerrero explaining the principles of flight.

I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer is a great companion read for The Boy and the Airplane.

Videos

Taking Flight with Pilot Rose Ellen May

STEM Read is all about flight while reading the books I Am Amelia Earhart and The Boy and the Airplane.  Rose Ellen May, pilot extraordinaire, talks about her experiences as a pilot, and one of her role models: Amelia Earhart.

Gyroplanes: Lawn Chairs in the Sky!

STEM Read is all about flight while reading the books I Am Amelia Earhart and The Boy and the Airplane.  Today we talk to Albert Dyer, a pilot who flies a very different contraption: the gyroplane!

How to Make a Bug Paper Plane

Learn how to fold a letter-size paper to create a Bug paper plane.  Learn more about what makes a plane fly: lift, weight, drag, and thrust (aerodynamics); and get free templates for paper planes on the Activities page.

How to Make a Dart Paper Plane

Learn how to fold a letter-size paper to create a Dart paper plane.  Learn more about what makes a plane fly: lift, weight, drag, and thrust (aerodynamics); and get free templates for paper planes on the Activities page.

How to Make a Glider Paper Plane

Learn how to fold a letter-size paper to create a Glider paper plane.  Learn more about what makes a plane fly: lift, weight, drag, and thrust (aerodynamics); and get free templates for paper planes on the Activities page.

How to Make a Jet Paper Plane

Learn how to fold a letter-size paper to create a Jet paper plane.  Learn more about what makes a plane fly: lift, weight, drag, and thrust (aerodynamics); and get free templates for paper planes on the Activities page.

Activities

Just Plane Awesome!

What makes a plane fly? The four forces that help planes fly (aerodynamics) include: Lift, Weight, Drag, and Thrust. Want to make and fly your own plane? Watch a video with engineer Pettee Guerrero to learn how!

Activity

Design your own paper plane.

  • Which one flies the fastest?
  • Which one flies the furthest?
  • Does using a heavier paper or different artistic media affect the flight? If so, why?
  • These designs are symmetrical, meaning that one half of the design is mirrored on the other half. Would an asymmetrical design (one that is not symmetrical) work for a plane?

Educators

Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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Get that Plane!

In The Boy and the Airplane, the boy must figure out how to get his plane out of the tree. In this engineering challenge, students will design an invention that will get things out of tress. Using the Engineering Design Cycle, students will design, discuss, and explain their inventions.

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Download the Engineering Design Process handout.

How Tall?

In The Boy and the Airplane, the boy’s airplane gets stuck on a roof. He is not tall enough to retrieve it and cannot do so with a ladder or other objects. In this lesson, students will compare items by their heights.

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Video Discussion Guide

Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.

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About the Author

Mark Pett

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett has practiced his craft in Philadelphia, Prague, Cambridge, and the Mississippi Delta. In addition to illustrating several books, Mark is the coauthor and illustrator of The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes and the creator of the syndicated comic strips “Mr. Lowe” and “Lucky Cow.” His most recent book is The Boy and the Airplane (Simon & Schuster). He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Tiffany, and their two children, Millie and Cleo. Other books by Mark Pett include The Girl and the Bicycle, The Girl who Never made Mistakesand This is my Book.

Learn more at markpett.com.

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