Airports Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson will help your elementary students describe the different types of airports and identify the parts of an airport. Students will read a text lesson, design a blueprint of an airport, and take a short quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and describe parts of an airport
  • differentiate different types of airports
  • design an airport


This lesson will take 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Materials Needed

  • graph paper
  • photos of terminals, gates, hangars, runways, control tower, and different types of airports
  • Index cards with vocabulary words written on them


  • terminal
  • gate
  • hangar
  • runway
  • control tower
  • domestic airport
  • international airport
  • military base

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