It was more than 100 years ago at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, that man first flew in an engine-powered aircraft. Before that time, such an event was thought to be centuries away! Included: Five lessons to celebrate the Wright brothers' achievement plus links to 20 more lessons.
It was on December 17, 1903, that Orville Wright stayed aloft in his engine-powered glider for 12 seconds; later that same day, Orville's brother, Wilbur, would travel more than 850 feet in a flight that remained airborne for 59 seconds.
This week, Education World provides five lessons about the Wright brothers. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Make a Model of a Wright Flyer
Create a model of the Wright brothers' engine-powered glider. (Grades 3-12)
The "Wright" Puzzle
Complete a crossword puzzle based on a brief biography of the Wright brothers. (Grades 3-8)
The Wright Brothers on "Hollywood Squares"
Test knowledge of the Wright brothers by playing "Hollywood Squares." (Grades 3-12)
"Wright-ing" Biographies for Young Readers
Older students write high-interest, low-vocab biographies for young readers. (Grades K-12)
Wright Brothers Timeline
Create a photo timeline of the lives of the Wright brothers. (Grades K-12)
Click here to access Wright Brothers' biographical information, timelines, and photographs plus links to more than a dozen additional lesson plans!