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* A is for Airplane
* J is for Jet
* P is for Pilot

Biographies >
Amelia Earhart:  A Dream to Fly

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*A Troll First- Start Biography:
Young Amelia Earhart:  A Dream to Fly

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The Pilot

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*Easy Paper Airplane 
*Styrofoam Airplanes

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*Aviation observances
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*Patriotic USA Holidays

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A Airplane

Transportation theme > Aviation


It is never too soon to present our children with the biographies of great men and woman that have made a contribution to the world at large.  Biographies are also an opportunity to present different careers and community helpers.  Let's introduce to our children a woman who had a dream to fly and she made that dream a reality:  Amelia Earhart.

There are a number of activities and crafts that can be spread out over a few days. 

The activities are appropriate to celebrate:  May - Transportation Month, November:  Aviation Month and to introduce a career & community helper theme: The Pilot and letter P is for Pilot.

Activity:  Book recommendation A Troll First-Start Biography:  Young Amelia Earhart: A Dream to Fly- Story  by Sarah Alcott, illustrations by James Anton

For the introduction & discussion you may want to print out the color poster, which features a woman pilot that could be Amelia, receiving a bouquet of flowers after one of her successful flights.  Start by asking the children if they can describe what they see in the poster.  Explain that this is a woman pilot and they will listen to a wonderful story about her and how she became one of the most famous pilots in the world.  Distribute the coloring page format after the story discussion or as a take home activity.

Amelia Earhart's story is a wonderful way to start presenting biographies to young children because both boys and girls will identify with her adventurous spirit and airplanes are fun!  Discuss Amelia's qualities and how her dedication to learn everything she could about airplanes was instrumental in making her the most admired woman pilot in the world.

These activities are also appropriate to celebrate many American patriotic holidays.  Amelia is an example of "the American spirit" -  her life is a celebration of the value of freedom, and she exemplifies the contributions that each and every American citizen can make to their country by pursuing excellence and being a role model to those around them. 

Activity #2:  Community Helper & Career:  The Pilot Online Source

Discuss the role of the pilot as a community helper and career description.  Ask the children what they think a pilot does.  
* What does a pilot do?
Review information at link #1 and #2 

Activity:  Airplane Coloring
Simple airplane coloring pages for the youngest children:  1, 2, 3-pattern    

Activity: Craft Option 1
Make a Paper Airplane - Very Easy (3+ with help)
Here is a very simple paper airplane.  Print and cut the template and then you can trace over other pages to make several for a large group.  Children may want to decorate the template first with crayons, stampers, etc.  Go outdoors and fly them!  

Activity: Craft Option 2 DLTK's Craft:  Make Styrofoam Airplanes - 2 types (3.5+)

This is such a great craft and you get to recycle those Styrofoam trays.  There are two types of plane: cargo and jet templates.  
You may want to try this alternative:  Print the template and trace the airplane body onto paper twice.  Have the children color and decorate them and then glue them to the Styrofoam pieces. 

Activity:  Alphabet Printable Lesson Plan Activities  Ages 3+
Select a letter to present:
* Letter J is for Jet

* Letter P is for Pilot


Activity: 
  Letter A Airplane Online Puzzle
Have fun with this 6-piece online puzzle to practice problem solving skills and letter A recognition.  Change puzzle pieces using the SHAPE button.


Amelia Earhart: A Dream to Fly
*color poster for display
*coloring page

Simple airplane coloring pages:
1, 2, 3-pattern, 4

Materials for crafts:
*paper
*something to color with
*printer
*scissors

For the Styrofoam planes:

*clean Styrofoam meat trays or the lid of egg Styrofoam containers

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