ERIC Number: ED480603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
History through Primary Sources--Stories of the Wrights' Flight. Smithsonian in Your Classroom.
When Orville and Wilbur Wright began their studies of aviation, they did not overlook the great experts on the subject the birds. The brothers became interested in flight as children, when their father brought home a little flying toy powered by a rubber band. Later, they corresponded with the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) which sent them pamphlets and a book about flight. On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright flew in a motor-powered craft for 12 seconds across 120 feet of sand near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This lesson plan, "Who, What, Where, Why," offers a background essay; presents preparation information and a vocabulary; and provides a step-by-step procedure for classroom implementation. The lesson plan also addresses assessment and curriculum enrichment. Contains photographs, letters, a magazine interview, and a newspaper story about the flight (the primary sources). Lists six Web sites, five books for teachers, and several books for students. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Air Transportation, Aviation Education, Curriculum Enrichment, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, National Standards, Primary Sources, Social Studies, Student Research, United States History
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, Arts and Industries Building, MRC 402, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012 ($5). For full text: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/wright/wright.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Office of Education.