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Amelia Earhart Activities Mini-Unit

A new movie about Amelia Earhart has been produced -- and it opens in theaters October 23, 2009. Use the following activity ideas and up-to-date links to explore the math, science and history of Amelia Earhart's famous and mysterious flight!

Biography of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Museum of Flight, Seattle - Amelia Earhart Exhibit Opens October 24, 2009

Language arts, social studies and history activities:

Write a News Story
Read The Earhart Gazette. Contribute your article.
Meet a Pioneer Pilot
Meet Sylvia Barter, a pilot who remembers the Earhart era.
The World of Amelia Earhart Timeline

Vocabulary words and terms:

Aeronautics: The science and art of flight including the designing, constructing, and flying of aircraft.
Aviator: a person who flies aircraft for pleasure or as a profession
Equator: an imaginary line dividing the Southern and Northern hemispheres of
Homing: orienting or directing homeward or to a destination
Log: written record of events on a journey or flight
Navigator: member of an aircrew responsible for the aircraft’s course
Pontoon: float that enables a plane to land on water
Transatlantic: a flight that crosses the Atlantic Ocean
Twin-engine: powered by two engines

Aviation math problem solving ideas with distance, rate and time:
http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/smart_skies/flyby/index.html
http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/smart_skies/lineup/index.html
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1988/6/88.06.11.x.html

Health and Safety:

Learn about flight plans and their importance in aviation.
Learn about emergency preparation for long distance flight in small aircraft.

Try different flight routes with this online flight distance calculator.

This is a favorite site -- learn about navigation with compass reading skills... and terms like declination, triangulation and more!
Compass Dude

Funschooler Unit Study on Flight

Books:

Clear the Cow Pasture, I'm Coming in for a Landing!: A Story of Amelia Earhart
Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart
(Here is a printable VOCABULARY guide for 'Sky Pioneer')
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
Amelia Earhart: A Legend in Flight - Printable Guided Reader with Classroom Activities

More interesting links...

Saipan Mystery Theory of Earhart's Disappearance
Printable - What it Takes to Be a Pilot
Ages 12 and up - Fly NOW with Civil Air Patrol!
FREE Issues of AOPA Flight Training Magazine
An Airborne Science Mission for Kids


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