The Wright Brothers

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The lesson introduces young students to the Wright Brothers, early flight, and shows how the two men did not give up even after several failed attempts at flight.  Often, students feel that failure is a reason to give up, but the lesson is a hopeful reminder that with effort and hard work, like the Wright Brothers displayed, everyone’s dream is possible.  The lesson may be adapted for older students as well.  The use of actual video of the Wright Brothers flight is available in the resources, and it is recommended students get the opportunity to view it.

The Wright Brothers Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about The Wright Brothers
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces young students to the Wright Brothers, early flight, and shows how the two men did not give up even after several failed attempts at flight.  Often, students feel that failure is a reason to give up, but the lesson is a hopeful reminder that with effort and hard work, like the Wright Brothers displayed, everyone’s dream is possible.  The lesson may be adapted for older students as well.  The use of actual video of the Wright Brothers flight is available in the resources, and it is recommended students get the opportunity to view it.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students to share about a time they worked hard, failed, but did not give up, and eventually was successful.  (Students may need to be prompted.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.  Ask students why they did not give up.  Ask students why it is important not to give up when the work is difficult.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion.  Ask students if they know anything about the first flight of an airplane.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.  Introduce The Wright Brothers.
  5. Distribute The Wright Brothers content pages.  Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page.  Use one of the following sites for paper airplane instructions for students: (http://www.funpaperairplanes.com/ or http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/09/16/how-to-make-the-worlds-best-paper-airplanes/) Read and review the instructions.  Once students construct one plane, ask them to try other designs, change the design, etc.  Allow students to experiment with flying the planes, measuring distances flown, etc.
  7. Once completed, hold a class discussion allowing students to respond to the activity questions.  Responses will vary.
  8. Distribute Practice page.  Check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the false statements.
  9. Distribute the Homework page.  The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Which of the brothers are you most like, Orville or Wilbur?  Why?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes):At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies