Scholastic.com's 100 Years of Flight allows your students to
explore the history, science and adventure of humankind's journey
through the air. The online activities include the first flight
of the Wright brothers in 1903, the life and times of pilot Amelia
Earhart, and the exploration of space. As students explore the
activities, they can build their own virtual plane, write a newspaper
article, build a timeline, and participate in a paper airplane
The components for 100 Years of Flight are broken down into:
The Wright Brothers: 38
Scholastic's "The Wright Brothers" helps students learn
about these unique inventors and also their important contributions
to aeronautics and the scientific method. "Meet the Wright
Brothers" recounts the story of Orville and Wilbur's life.
"Inventing the Airplane" explains how the Wright Brothers
designed the Flyer I airplane (as well as why other inventors
had failed). The "Build a Plane" game allows students
to make choices building their own virtual plane and then see
whether it flies.
Reporter Activity: 38
Students will write their own newspaper article about the first
flight of the Wright brothers. Using the introductory articles
from "The Wright Brothers" as well as other on-line
resources, students will draft and edit their article, add a caption
and photo, and finally publish it on-line.
Amelia Earhart: 38
Set against the backdrop of fascinating but volatile world events,
"The Flight of Amelia Earhart" provides a unique opportunity
for students to study the enduring legacy of an American hero.
An interactive timeline combines important events from her life
with major world events of the time to provide a historical context
for young readers. The story of Sylvia Barter, a female trailblazer
and contemporary of Amelia's, informs students further on the
challenges women faced in the early part of the twentieth century.
Finally, a news writing activity allows students to demonstrate
their grasp of the historical content.
Challenging the Space Frontier: 38
Scholastic's "Challenging the Space Frontier" Online
Activity gives students an opportunity to learn about the historical
impact of space exploration. A time line of space firsts helps
students learn about initial efforts to explore worlds beyond
our own. They can also find out about three space flights that
changed the public's perception of our world and the world beyond:
John Glenn's orbiting of Earth onboard Friendship 7 in 1963; the
first landing on the moon in Apollo 11; and Sally Ride's flight
aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. In addition, students
can read interviews with two of the most important figures in
the history of space exploration: astronauts Buzz Aldrin, the
second man on the moon, and Sally Ride, the first American woman
in space. Finally, students can build on what they have learned
by creating their own Space Exploration timeline using Tom Snyder
® Productions' Timeliner 5.0 Demo.
Scholastic's Online Activities are designed to support the teaching
of standards-based skills. While participating in 100 Years of
Flight, students become proficient with several of these skills.
1.Use Web technology to access information.
2. Draw a conlcusion based on the results of an experiment in decision making
3. Participate in active writing activities
and peer review
4. Distinguish between an observation and a fact.
5. Investigate change over time to gain
perspective on how the ability to fly has affected our nation's
politics and culture.
6. Interpret information from timelines.
7. Compare and contrast the accomplishments
of several pilots and scientists.
8. Create a timeline using information
and media from their own research.
9. Reflect on what has been learned after
reading by formulating ideas, opinions, and personal responses