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The following lesson plans are available through the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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FIRST CONTROLLED POWERED FLIGHT

This lesson could be used for units on technological and scientific advances at the turn of the 20th century, aviation history, or great inventors. It also could be used in a unit commemorating the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight on December 17, 1903.

TYPE: Lesson Plan
GRADE LEVEL: 8
STANDARD: National Standards for History: Grade 5-12: Era 6- Standard: 1a, 2c National Social Studies Standards: Theme: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
SUBJECTS: Geography, History, Social Studies

THE FIRST FOUR FLIGHTS: MATH UP!

This lesson plan will allow students to understand the path that led to the Wrights’ success on December 17, 1903 by relating the stories of their interest in flying from youth, the growing interest in flight in the late 1890s and the flight experiments that led to their first flights in 1903. The story of their dream to fly will be used as a backdrop for students to solve relevant mathematical problems and connect with Wright Brothers National Memorial.

TYPE: Lesson Plan
GRADE LEVEL: 4
STANDARD: National Standards for Math:4.OA.A.2,4 OA.A.3
SUBJECTS: Mathematics

NATIONAL PARK LEGACY VOYAGERS

This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed so students can explore National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, and presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for National Parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

TYPE: Lesson Plan
GRADE LEVEL: 9–12
STANDARD: California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, geology, school to career, United States History and language arts.
SUBJECTS: Biology: Animals, Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans

WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL: SITE OF THE FIRST CONTROLLED POWERED FLIGHT
A Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan

Using the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina, this lesson plan allows students to describe the status of human flight experiments at the turn of the 20th century and determine why the Wright brothers chose the Outer Banks of North Carolina to conduct their flight experiments and how conditions in this region impacted their efforts. Students will use historic maps, readings and photographs to describe the challenges faced by the Wright brothers.

TYPE: Lesson Plan
GRADE LEVEL: 5–12
STANDARD: Relevant U.S. History Standards for Grades 5-12: Era 6 – The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900) Standards 1A and 2C
SUBJECTS: Aviation, Engineering, Inventions/Inventors

Tuskegee Airmen

LESSON ONE: WHO ARE THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN?

In 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps began a military “experiment” to see if Negroes could be trained as combat pilots and support personnel. The first were trained in March 1941 at Chanute Field, near Rantoul, Illinois to be the mechanics. On July 19, 1941, twelve aviaition cadets and one student officer reported to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to begin primary flight training as the fi rst African American pilot candidates in the U.S. Army.

TYPE: Curricula
GRADE LEVEL: 6–11
SUBJECTS: African American History and Culture, Aviation, Civil Rights Movement, Education, Government, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies, World War II