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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wright Brothers Memorial, Amelia Earhart Flight Anniversary, and Lessons for Students

When my family was in North Carolina, on the Outer Banks, we were fascinated and excited to get to visit the Wright Brothers Memorial. Though, the actual statue on top of the big hill, that I climbed pushing a stroller, wasn't the highlight for us; the informational lectures and the sculpture that the kids were allowed to climb and play on were the best. On top of that, the kids got a Junior Ranger patch for their efforts. If you're ever in Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area of North Carolina, be sure to schedule time for the Wright Brothers Memorial.

The history of flight is fascinating, and holds tons of possibilities for teaching so much more than just learning about airplanes and pilots. Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. She has other accomplishments as well. During her lifetime, she is said to have been fascinated with women who had gone before her to make a mark in society as lawyers, and other professionals otherwise noted to be a man's profession. This following article has tons of links to lesson plans, coloring pages, and museum information about flight, and women in history:

July marks anniversary of last flight for Amelia Earhart and women in history - St. Louis Homeschooling | Examiner.com

When you're done reading and researching the links, come up with your own study plan for your homeschoolers. If your kids are very young, this can include coloring pages, or dot-to-dots of an airplane picture. If your children are older, you could get quite detailed and even controversial by discussing possible scenarios as to what happened to Amelia Earhart during her last flight.

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