Project Goals/Expectations

The main goals of this project are:
  1. For students from around the world to learn about themselves and others by sharing kite traditions.
  2. For students to use digital media to share their experiences of building and/or flying kites.

Possible learning expectations include:
  • Use math concepts to design and build kites that fly. (Concepts could include measurement, perimeter, area, symmetry, division, fractions, etc.)
  • Build and fly kites with the supervision of local experts.
  • Use writing or digital media to share the process of making the kites.
  • Use writing or digital media to share global kite traditions or different kite styles from around the globe.
  • Learn about global kite traditions and kite styles.
Here is a pdf with more specific guidelines for the project, if you are not sure how to proceed:

Please consider this as a loose guide and feel free to add suggestions or comments. Ultimately, teachers should use this project to meet their own unique goals as they see fit.

Kites are flown by people all over the world. Many people fly them during festivals, celebrations, and for cultural traditions. Some fly kites as a sport - competing against other kite fliers. Kites are also used in extreme sports like kite surfing. Many people, however, fly kites just for enjoyment. There is something magical about launching a kite and watching it dance in the sky - especially a kite that you have made yourself!

Kite traditions can be very different around the world, but they can also show us how much we have in common. Children love flying kites, so hopefully this project will be an exciting way for them to learn about themselves and their world while using math and communication skills that are essential to 21st century education.