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Aviation Activities!

Ready, set, take off! For thousands of years, people have been fascinated with flying. This week, Education World offers a cargo of lessons about aviation that are just "plane" fun! Included: Lessons in which students complete experiments about air flight, design model airplanes, and do much more!


1. Charles Lindbergh
2. Amelia Earhart
3. Hindenburg
4. Igor Sikorsky
5. Ellen Church of Cresco, Iowa

May is associated with several notable aviation-related events. Do you know the answers to these questions?

  1. Who became the first person to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20 to 21, 1927?
  2. Who became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20, 1932?
  3. What airship exploded on May 6, 1937?
  4. What pioneer in the development of the helicopter was born on May 25, 1889?
  5. Who made history as the first flight attendant on May 15, 1930?

Students will learn the answers to those questions and more with five lessons from Education World! Below, read the brief descriptions for each lesson. Click any headline for a complete teaching resource!

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  • Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame
    Students write short biographies about pioneers in aviation.
    (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)


  • Wind and Wings
    Students participate in simple hands-on activities that demonstrate Daniel Bernoulli's principle of air pressure and air flight. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)


  • Aviation Firsts Scavenger Hunt
    Students use online or library sources to complete a scavenger hunt about fascinating aviation firsts. (Grades3-5, 6-8, 9-12)


  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: Past, Present and Future
    Students create displays showing types of aircrafts that might include airplanes, helicopters, balloons, blimps, and rockets. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)


  • Design a Paper Airplane
    Students study examples of paper airplanes and then create their own paper airplane models. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)




Updated 11/04/2013