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If you have a suggestion or information you wish to share with other ACE 5th grade teachers, please submit it by email to  Please specify whether or not you prefer your name, school, and/or email address to be listed on this page so that other teachers may contact you if desired. 

NOTICE: Please make the following CORRECTIONS to the ANSWER KEY for the "How Far from the Sun?" worksheet located in Academic Lesson #7 Scaled Solar System:
Mercury = 4 cm;  Venus = 7 cm; Jupiter = 28 cm

Consider “Hatchet” as a 5th grade literature selection:

Toward the end of the school year, my class finished reading the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  It is about a teenage boy who is in a Cessna 406 that crashes.  Some of the vocabulary words were altimeter, rudders, fuselage, altitude, instruments, turbulence, transmitter, and elevators.  Due to the lessons we completed through the ACE program, my students recognized those particular words and were able to do well on the vocabulary test.  I was excited to see how much they remembered.  The students didn't realize they had learned so much about planes until we discussed the book.  The ACE Program can expand a student's understanding of so much more than just the particular lesson.  (Marilee Taylor, Otondo Elementary School)

Southwest Adopt-A-Pilot Program

Did you know Southwest Airlines has an Adopt-A-Pilot Program for 5th grade teachers and students?  Registration occurs in September, so don't delay reading Southwest Adopt-A-Pilot details.

Academic Lesson #1:  Lighter Than Air

Academic Lesson #2: Forces of Flight

  • A great resource for this lesson is How Things Fly.  You may wish to watch the short video as a class, and/or you may wish to let students explore this site on their own in the computer lab.  In this interactive online exhibition, visitors can explore the flight environment, aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and materials, flight dynamics and see the forces of flight in action.  It is very age/grade-appropriate!

Academic Lesson #4:  FPG-9 Glider

  • Make the FPG-9 glider yourself so that you understand the need to make small slits in the tail area of the glider and in the back of the main body of the glider in order for the tail to fit snuggly into the back of the glider.  Some students make the slits the same size as shown on the pattern, which makes it too large to fit snuggly.  Also, the glider does perform better by modifying the elevons so that they are wider than what the original pattern shows. 
  • As an extension, allow students to learn about and practice pitch, roll, and yaw by flying a virtual airplane at  

Academic Lesson #8:  String of Planets


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