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Aviation Firsts Scavenger Hunt

Subject: Language Arts, Technology
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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Brief Description

Students use online or library sources to complete a scavenger hunt about fascinating aviation firsts.



  • define the term scavenger hunt
  • use Internet or library sources to research information about aviation firsts
  • use the information to correctly complete a scavenger hunt work sheet about aviation firsts.


aviation, pioneers, scavenger hunt, fascinating facts, transportation

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the term scavenger hunt. Tell students that they are going on a scavenger hunt to search for information about aviation history.
  • Provide each student with a copy of the Education World work sheet Aviation Firsts Scavenger Hunt and copies of printouts from Famous Firsts in Aviation.
  • For younger students: Work together as a class to complete the scavenger hunt.
  • For older students:
    Idea 1: Organize students into small groups. Tell students they must use print sources only, such as library books, magazines, or textbooks, to look for answers to the questions on the work sheet.
    Idea 2: Give students a time limit to complete the scavenger hunt.


    Evaluate students' scavenger hunt work sheet answers.
    Answer Key: 1. Commander Richard E. Byrd; 2. 1792; 3. Fritz von Opel; 4. Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier, 1783; 5. Janice made the first long-distance, solar-powered flight; 6. Baroness Raymonde de la Roche, 1909; 7. Wiley Post; 8. Samuel Archer King and William Black; 9. Paul MacCready made the first successful human-powered aircraft; 10. 1939.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Lois Lewis

    National Standards

    Language Arts: