Friday, January 11, 2013

In Memory of Amelia Earhart

On January 11th, 1935, Amelia Earhart left Honolulu flying a plane bound for California. Eighteen and a half hours and 2,500 miles later, her plane touched down in Oakland. She became the first person to fly this trip solo.

But this was just one of many firsts that Amelia Earhart made during her lifetime. A free spirit with the determination to break records, Amelia is probably best remembered for her disappearance during her attempt to fly around the world. But she was also the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic and set three new records for speed.

In addition to being a pilot, Earhart was a speaker, a writer, a fashion designer, and she even helped start the airline industry here in the States.

So since we will be spending today studying Amelia and putting together a poster board about her, I thought I would share some of the resources we'll be using...

First off, Bright Ideas Press is offering free printable mapping and notebooking pages. And they've listed some great links, so be sure to check them out.

Scholastic has a great website about Earhart with lots of resources including lesson plans and this awesome interactive timeline.

Teacher Vision has a printable with interesting facts and fun activities on Earhart.

The FAA Kids' Corner has fun page will lots of activities divided up by age level.

I also really like this printable on what it takes to be a pilot. But this is best suited for older children.

America's Library has a nice section on Earhart that includes a timeline and various stories.

Good coloring pages can be found on Thinkquest & SuperColoring.

You can find a free booklet in Spanish available for download here in Vanessa Cavazos' TpT page. I have not downloaded it to check for accuracy. If you do, let us know what you think of it!

We also checked out several books from the library, but our favorite was Who Was Amelia Earhart written by Kate Boehm Jerome and illustrated by David Cain. It captivated my kids with the storyline (it tells the story of her whole life) and the illustrations. Guess what? It's available in Spanish, too!


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