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the wright brothers 5 day resource unit by tara helton jay mccollum

The Wright Brothers 5 Day Resource UnitBy: Tara Helton & Jay McCollum

Who: 2nd Graders

What: Social Studies Lessons

Where: LaMendola Elementary & Holliday Elementary

content
Content
  • The students will learn, in an active manner, about the Wright Brothers.
  • The appropriate concepts include creating timelines, researching, writing, and using various resources.
vocabulary
Vocabulary
  • The vocabulary includes:
    • Airplane
    • Flyer
    • Kittyhawk
    • Dayton
    • Invention
    • Achieve
    • Flight
    • Machine
cognitive objectives
Cognitive Objectives

The students will:

  • Compare and contrast air travel from past to present.
  • Identify various aspects of the Wright Brother’s quest to be the first in flight.
  • Discuss differences between Kittyhawk, North Carolina and Dayton, Ohio.
affective objectives
Affective Objectives

The students will:

  • Relate to the Wright Brothers through research.
  • Share information with families and people in the community about the Wright Brothers.
activities
Activities

Day 1

  • Introduction:

-Perform a read aloud using the book The Wright Brothers by Pamela Duncan Duncan Edwards.

    • Discuss information about the Wright Brothers gathered from the story.
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Activities

Day 1 Continued

  • Development:
    • The students will research the Wright Brothers using various resources to create their own Wright Brothers book as a class.
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Activities

Day 1 Continued

  • Culminating:
    • The students will share their finished class book of the Wright Brothers with family and friends.
    • Have the book published, if possible.
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Activities

Day 2

  • Introduction:
    • The students will view various photographs of the Wright Brothers.
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Activities

Day 2 Continued

  • Development:
    • The students will create a poster of the Wright Brothers and can include information that they know about the Wright Brothers.
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Activities

Day 2 Continued

  • Culminating:
    • The students will display their posters around the school and classroom.
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Activities

Day 3

  • Introduction:
    • A scale model of the flyer will be shown to the class.
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Activities

Day 3 Continued

  • Development:
    • The students will be taken on a field trip to Wright State University, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, to observe a life-size replica of the Wright Flyer.
    • The class will compare and contrast the model of the flyer to the life-size and discuss the measurements.
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Activities

Day 3 Continued

  • Culminating:
    • The students will create their own version of the Wright Flyer using various materials available.
    • The flyers will be hung from the ceiling of the classroom.
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Activities

Day 4

  • Introduction:
    • The class will create a timeline of events for the current school year.
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Activities

Day 4 Continued

  • Development:
    • The students will create a timeline of their own life.
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Activities

Day 4 Continued

  • Culminating:
    • The students will create a timeline of the of the Wright Brothers.
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Activities

Day 5

  • Introduction:
    • The class will discuss what a museum is and what type of materials are included in a museum.
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Activities

Day 5

  • Development:
    • The class will gather material that they feel should be included in a museum for the Wright Brothers.
    • The students will create a museum of the Wright Brothers in their classroom.
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Activities

Day 5 Continued

  • Culminating:
    • The class will invite family members, members of the communities, and other classes to walk through their museum.
evaluation
Multiple Choice Questions:

When did the first flight take place?

a. June 9, 1993

b. July 4, 2002

c. December 17, 1903

d. December 1, 1950

Evaluation
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2. Where did the first flight take place?

a. Atlanta, Georgia

b. Dayton, Ohio

c. Kittyhawk, North Carolina

d. Nashville, Tennessee

3. What are the names of the Wright Brothers?

a. Fred and Rob

b. Jay and Tara

c. Orville and Wilbur

d. Bert and Ernie

Evaluation
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What was the name of the airplane they created?

a. The Purple Flyer

b. The Wright Flyer

c. The Flying Thing

d. The W.B. Flyer

How long did the first flight last?

a. 12 seconds

b. 50 seconds

c. 1 minute

d. 12 minutes

Evaluation
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Evaluation
  • Objective Questions:

1. The Wright Brothers only needed one attempt at the first flight.

True or False

2. The Wright Brothers owned a bicycle shop in Ohio.

True or False

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Evaluation
  • Short Essay Questions:

1. Describe the first flight that was performed by the Wright Brothers.

2. Discuss at least three new things that you have learned about the Wright Brothers.

instructional resources
Instructional Resources
  • Teacher References:
    • www.abcteach.com
      • This site is developed for teachers, parents, and students. It has a lot of resources to choose from and provides valuable information for thematic units and activities.
    • www.edhelpersnet.com
      • This site provides a various other websites and resources that teachers can use.
    • www.justfreestuff.com
      • This site has various amounts of free information and resources teachers can use for multiple themes.
    • www.lessonplanspage.com
      • This site provides information about lesson plans. The plans vary on the desired topic or unit.
    • www.schoolexpress.com
      • This site is free for teachers to join and is a great resource because it provides various information about thematic units.
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Instructional Resources
  • Student References:
    • www.first-to-fly.com
      • This site has an abundance of pictures and information for the students to look at and gain knowledge about.
    • www.wam.umd.edu
      • This site shows the biographies of Orville and Wilbur Wright. It also provides a short timeline of their life.
    • www.nasm.si.edu/wrightbrothers/
      • This site has a complete timeline of the life of the Wright Brothers.
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Instructional Resources
  • Student Resources Continued
    • www.firstflight.open.ac.uk
      • This site is very interesting for students. It has a flight simulator that gives you the feel that you are flying in the flyer.
    • http://sln.fi.edu/wright
      • This website provides a PowerPoint presentation and has a recreation of the first flight.
    • http://wright.nasa.gov
      • This is a great information site. It provides activities and CD-ROMs for children to use.
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Instructional Resources
  • Student Resources Continued:
    • www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/wright/AmericanExpeirence:TheWrightStuff
      • On this website, there is a very realistic movie of the first flight.
    • www.surfnetkids.com
      • Children can search for information about the Wright Brothers from this site.
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Instructional Resources
  • Student Resources Continued:
    • www.kidcyber.com/au
      • This site includes information pertaining to the Wright Brothers. It is designed in a very interesting and easy to read format.
    • www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/Wright.htm
      • This site is a Wright Brothers theme page. It includes pertinent information relating to the Wright Brothers.
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Media References

Videos

Peanuts: The Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk.

This video is about Charlie Brown and his friends going to Kittyhawk, NC. While they are there, they meet the Wright Brothers and witness the first flight.

Instructional Resources
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Videos Continued

Magic School Bus: Magic School Bus Taking Flight

This video discusses how things can fly.

Cassette Tape

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Friends take Flight

This song is about Jay the Jet taking his friends on their first flight. In the song they sing about what they see and how it feels.

Instructional Resources
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Posters

Planes by Phang.

This poster provides two different flyers that were created from the time of the Wright Brothers.

History Through a Lens – First Flight

This poster provides a description of the first flight and a very detailed picture of the Wright Brothers and their flyer.

Bulletin Boards

A bulletin board will be created by using photographs of the Wright Brothers.

Another bulletin board will be created to show the time line of events through the Wright Brothers’ lives.

Instructional Resources
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Instructional Resources

Websites

  • www.fi.edu/flights/first
    • This is a great resource because it provides various information about the Wright Brothers and their first flight. The site is broken down into sections which makes it easy to follow.
  • www.plainfield.k12.in.us
    • This website provides facts about the Wright Brothers and offers further resources to use.
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Instructional Resources

Websites

  • www.centennialofflight.gov/
    • This website offers a great amount of general information about flight.
  • www.thespaceplace.com/aviation
    • This site provides neat photographs of the Wright Broths and as well as general information.
  • www.learnnc.org/
    • Since this website is a homepage for North Carolina it provides information about the Wright Brothers from a different perspective.
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Instructional Resources

Websites

  • www.kiddomusic.com
    • This website provides books, videos, and cassette tapes for children, parents, and teachers about various units.
  • www.wrightstories.com
    • This website celebrates the success of the Wright Brothers by providing information and sharing stories about the Wright Brothers.
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Television Documentary

Legends of Airpower

This television documentary can be seen on Public TV and focuses on pilots.

Replica

Wright Flyer Replica

Assembling a Wright Flyer Replica would be great for a demonstration of how the Wright Brothers created their flyer.

Instructional Resources
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Instructional Resources
  • CD-ROMS:
    • Atmosphere Applet
      • This software allows students to see how an atmosphere can effect an airplane. This can help students relate to why the Wright Brothers were able to perform their flight.
    • Exploring Aeronautics
      • This software provides information and interaction with the principles of flight and aircraft design.
    • Johnny’s Airplane Adventure
      • This software walks children through the a pretend trip of going to an airport and flying on an airplane.
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Instructional Resources

Webcast and Videoconference

  • 12 SecondsThat Changed the World
    • This webcast and videoconference is provided by NASA. It is approximately one hour in length and provides students to the principles and development of the aircraft over the past 100 years.
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