According to Special Days in August , “Aviation” is one of this month’s themes. And, “Aviation Week” is the week with the 19th. The reason behind “Aviation Week” is in celebration of the accomplishments of Orville Wright who was born Aug. 19, 1867.
The following links are to the online resources we used as we took a week to learn about the Wright Brothers and aviation.
A biography of the Wright Brothers along with printables – http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdwrigh.htm
Learn about the Wright Brothers. See their house and shop as well as their famous flight in Kitty Hawk, NC. with this old and brief educational movie. http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/movies/wrightBrothers.html
We’ve been watching some of the animated series Adventurers – Masters of Time so we’re excited to see a Wright Brothers episode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJud1QjUvo8&list=PL608A5B35B7419A93&index=15 If you haven’t seen these before, I recommend you start with the first episode so you’ll understand the theme, then you can skip around to match them with your studies.
Aviation history timeline, projects, and more for kids – http://www.aviation-for-kids.com/
Exhibits from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/
Airplane parts and functions – http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/airplane.html
Victory Through Air Power – by Walt Disney – A History of Flight from the Wright Brothers to WW2 Aerial Defense Campaigns – (produced in the1940s, this contains some war propaganda that may seem wrong by today’s standards, but adds another historic learning element.)
Step-by-step instructions and videos of varying levels of difficulty for folding paper airplanes – http://www.foldnfly.com/#/1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2
A Bible based lesson which uses paper airplanes as a object lesson http://www.christianitycove.com/youth-bible-study-lessons-object-lessons/854/
Awesome links to aviation themed interactives and games http://www.2learn.ca/kids/listSciG6.aspx?Type=57
Airplane coloring pages and craft projects http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/artscraftsideaskids/coloringpages/airplanescoloringpages.html
So often I feel that our learning plans for a week are left “up in the air” and we just follow where the week takes us….
However, this time “up in the air” is all planned out!