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The Wright Brothers Heroes of Ohio. ED 417 Dr. Helms Winter 2007. Jennifer Morrow. The Wright Brothers lesson is an introduction to a small group project based on the book: Heroes of Ohio by Rick Sowash. The lesson will:. be geared toward a typical third grade social studies class.

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The Wright BrothersHeroes of Ohio


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ED 417Dr. HelmsWinter 2007

Jennifer Morrow


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The Wright Brothers lesson is an introduction to a small group project based on the book: Heroes of Ohio by Rick Sowash


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The lesson will: group project based on the book:

  • be geared toward a typical third grade social studies class.

  • be introduced on day one of a six day lesson.

  • be the guide to the students as a suggested format for their small group report.


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Objectives of the lesson: group project based on the book:

  • to introduce the students to Heroes of Ohio.

  • allow the students to work creatively in small groups.

  • provide the class with new knowledge of the Wright Brothers and other Heroes of Ohio.


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Materials: group project based on the book:

  • Book: Heroes of Ohio by Rick Sowash

  • Pencil and paper

  • Computers (classroom or lab)

  • Other books on the Wright Brothers:

    • First to Fly by Peter Busby

    • The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Donald J. Sobol

    • Tall Tails: Wingin’ It with the Wright Brothers by Dona Smith

    • A Treasure of Ohio Tales by Webb Garrison

    • Ohio by Diana Landau


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Other possible materials: group project based on the book:

  • Power Point Presentation

  • Smart Board


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Websites: group project based on the book:

  • http://www.nasm.si.edu/wrightbrothers/

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers

  • http://www.first-to-fly.com/

  • http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/wright_brothers/

  • http://www.fi.edu/flights/


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Student Activities group project based on the book:

  • After an introduction to the book Heroes of Ohio by Rick Sowash the students will gain information on the Wright Brothers by listening to the 4 page selection read aloud.

  • Students will use the computer and books to gain other information about the Wright Brothers and discuss with small groups and then the entire class.


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Extended Activities group project based on the book:

  • Discuss the Ohio/North Carolina debate (last slide).

  • Research other types of transportation and who invented them (automobile, locomotive, etc.)


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Facts about the Wrights group project based on the book:

Wilbur Wright

Born: April 16, 1867

Died: May 30, 1912

"For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man." "It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill."


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Orville Wright group project based on the book: Born: August 19, 1871Died: January 30, 1948"We came down here for wind and sand, and we have got them."



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First flight, December 17, 1903. Wing-warping is shown in lower view.


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Postal stamp depicting the "Flight." Wing-warping is shown in lower view.


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Ohio/North Carolina dispute Wing-warping is shown in lower view.

Ohio and North Carolina both take credit for the Wright brothers and their airplanes - Ohio because the brothers developed and built their design in Dayton, and North Carolina because Kitty Hawk was the site of the first flight. With a spirit of friendly rivalry, Ohio has adopted the informal slogan "Birthplace of Aviation" (later "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers", crediting not only the Wrights, but also John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, both Ohio natives.) North Carolina has adopted the slogan "First In Flight" and both states include the themes on the standard-issue state license plates. Both states included an image of the Flyer I on their respective state quarters.

Who is right?


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The End Wing-warping is shown in lower view.


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