Objectives

  • Students will recognize the names of persons who have made major aviation contributions.
  • Students will see examples of success coming from hard work (try, try and try again).
  • Students will see examples where progress or improvements often involves numerous trials and errors.
  • Students will practice research skills.
  • Students will practice reading and writing skills.

Materials

  • Research materials
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Procedure

  • Direct the students� thoughts to facts about themselves by asking questions such as the following:
    • What is your name and age?
    • When and where were you born?
    • What are the names of your family members?
    • What thing do you like to do most?
  • Introduce a planned writing outline. Write an outline on the board such as the following:
    • Important Facts About Yourself
      • Your name
      • Your age
      • One thing you like to do
    • Your Own History
      • Where you were born
      • Date of your birth
      • Other places you have lived
    • Introduce Your Family
      • Give parents� names
      • Tell names of brothers and sisters
      • Mention other relatives or pets
  • Inform students that the outline will be used to write a story about themselves. After studying the planned outline, ask students to copy the outline from the board. Have students write simple sentences for each of the outline items. Have students read their personal stories to the class.
  • Explain to the students that stories about a person�s life are called biographies. Tell the students that they are going to develop a planned outline for writing biographies of famous aviation and space personalities. Ask that they use at least three major headings with at least two subheadings under each. Ask students to consider the following questions as they develop the outline:
    • When and where was the personality born?
    • How old would this person be today?
    • What did this person�s parents do?
    • Did this person�s parents have an effect on his/her life?
    • How and where did this person learn to fly?
    • What great contributions did this person make to aviation or space?
    • What kind of failures did this person experience?
  • Ask students to use their planned outline to write a biography about their favorite aviation or space hero or heroine. A suggested list of aviation and space heroes and heroines are:
    • Orville and Wilbur Wright
    • Amelia Earhart
    • Charles Lindbergh
    • Robert Goddard
    • Neil Armstrong
    • Christa McAuliffe
    • John Glenn
    • Chuck Yeager
    • Sally Ride

Extension

  • Develop an aviation and space hero/heroine bulletin board. Display students� biographies of famous aviation and space heroes/heroines. Ask students to develop drawings that depict accomplishments that made each hero/heroine famous.
  • Divide the class into six groups. Ask each group to select a famous aviation or space hero/heroine. Tell them to brainstorm and develop a creative presentation (show and tell, picture presentation, or play) as a way to inform the class about their selected personality.