From Unit Plan: Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

Books and Software

Grades K-3

A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart by David A. Adler (Grades 1-4)
Great Americans are brought to life in this critically acclaimed series. Each book introduces young readers to another historical figure in a sensitive, accurate, and accessible portrayal. Following each narrative is an author's note with further information, as well as a chronology of important dates in the life of the subject.

A Day in Space by Jolie Epstein, Suzanne Lord (Grades PreK-2)
This book takes children aboard the Space Shuttle with full-color photographs, an interview with an astronaut, and lots of facts to fuel their space travel fantasies.

Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes (Grades K-2)
Take flight with Elizabeth Coleman, the first African-American female pilot.

Grades 3-5

The Story of Flight: Early Flying Machines, Balloons, Blimps, Gliders, Warplanes, and Jets (Voyages of Discovery) (Grades 3-6)
A set of colorful books, which include illustrations with informative captions, transparencies, foldouts, and reusable stickers.

1000 Facts About Space by Pam Beasant (Grades 2-6)
Fun and informative, this colorful, oversized book is packed with facts on stars, moons, comets, planets, and more - plus sections on ancient and modern astronomy as well as the future of space exploration.

Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart by Patricia Lauber (Grades 3-6)
A fascinating look at the life of America's most famous female aviator by the Newbery Honor author.

Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Donald J. Sobol (Grades 3-7)
The story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who made aviation history at Kitty Hawk.

Grades 6-8

Usborne Book of Space Facts: RecordsListsFactsComparisons by Struan Reid (Grades 3-6)
Space is the place for fun facts and discovery in this book that mixes accurate scientific information with enjoyable graphics and "kid-friendly" design.

TimeLiner Collection (Grades K-12)
1-Computer License + Teacher Workbook
Get a jump on integrating TimeLiner 5.0 into your Social Studies, Science, or Language Arts curriculum with the TimeLiner Collection. This includes TimeLiner 5.0, over 170 ready-made time lines, and the TimeLiner Workshop for Teachers book.

Professional Books

Scholastic Book Guides: Lost Star, The Story of Amelia Earhart (Grades 6-9)

  • book summary and author information
  • vocabulary-builders
  • discussion questions
  • reproducible graphic organizers and writing activities
  • effective management ideas for whole class, small group, and independent instruction!

Check Out This Space Decorative Set (Grades PreK-3 )
This stellar set is perfect for creating an attention-grabbing zone on your classroom wall. Post student work, field trip plans, classroom visitors, and more special things on the bulletin board, bordered with the space-themed trimmer.

Quick & Easy Internet Activities for the One-Computer Classroom: Space by Mary Kay Carson (Grades 3-6)
Explore the far reaches of space with this educational, easy to use, and fun program.

Web Sites

Stimulate background knowledge with these related links:

Wright Brothers National Memorial
This National Park Service Site includes pictures of the Wright brothers, biographical information, a timeline, as well as a detailed description of the principles of flight.

Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation
This virtual museum includes lots of information about the Wright brothers' lives and experiments, as well as a virtual hanger of their airplanes. They also have a special "Help with Homework" section for students doing projects on the Wright brothers.

National Geographic Kids Magazine: Amelia Earhart Mystery
Students read the story of Amelia Earhart's life and her mysterious disappearance and then can vote on what they believe happened to her. Afterwards they find out how their answer compares to other students'.

NASA - Kids
This enormous website from NASA contains games and activities about space, space exploration, becoming an astronaut, building your own plane, and much more.

Off to a Flying Start - Parts of a Plane
This website allows students to learn about the parts of an airplane by piecing together their own! A simple, fun and educational activity.

Science Fun with Airplanes
This website from Ohio State University teaches students about air, flight, and controlling an airplane through interactive games. celebrates 100 Years of Flight
This Time Magazine website looks back at famous pilots as well as groundbreaking aircraft from 100 years of flight.

Plane Math Activities
This kid-friendly site teaches about the math and physics of flight through games and puzzles.

How Airplanes Work
These in-depth articles go through the aerodynamics and theory of flying as well as a look at the different parts of a standard airplane.