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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What Ever Happened To Amelia Earhart

According to a CBS news report, Hillary Rodham Clinton is part of a new investigation to look into what really happened to Amelia Earhart.

Read the entire CBS article here!

For some reason, this story has always fascinated me. Perhaps it's because I attended Lindbergh High School (named after the first solo pilot to fly across the Atlantic). In fact, just yesterday while we were at the library, we found a graphic novel about Amelia Earhart that caught my eye. My son, who really dislikes most books, was even excited about it.

Earhart was attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. Before she could complete this ambitious goal, her plane went down and she was never heard from again. For years, speculations about what really happened to her have circumnavigated the globe more times than her little aircraft ever could. And now, Hillary Rodham Clinton is part of an investigation to attempt to discover the answer to this mystery.

What an amazing unit study this would make. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when her name is brought up is the movie "Night At The Museum" (and "Night At The Museum: Smithsonian"). She was portrayed as a feisty, confident young woman. Her life opens up learning in every subject matter:

History - Of course, it opens up learning in history. She was a historic figure. She was innovative. It opens up more than just a story in history. It opens up talk about women in history. Find a brief biography of her here, at pitara kids network and another here, at Classroom, Jr. Or, one for the older set, from Purdue University.

Science - Science envelopes much of the comprised theories surrounding her disappearance. Science and mathematics make up much of flying an aircraft and would have been very much a part of Amelia's daily way of thinking. Here is a nice Powerpoint presentation for kids.

Math - Calculations of flight, how many hours a fuel tank would have lasted, and many more calculations can be made with the study of this event.

Geography - Where is it said that her plane went down? What was this island like? Where was she taking off from? Information on the Island of what is now known as the Pacific Island of Kiribati.

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