Amelia Earhart Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

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

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Students will be fascinated to learn about this pioneer in aviation through these engaging projects.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart is fascinating for several reasons. At a time when many women felt that their choices were limited, Earhart followed her dreams and adventurous spirit to test the boundaries of aviation. Her final flight and disappearance add to her legendary status as theorists continue to speculate. These projects will engage upper elementary and secondary students who are learning about Amelia Earhart.

Project: Amelia Earhart Award

In this project, students reflect upon the things that made Amelia Earhart so extraordinary.

Grade Level: 2-6

Length: 45-90 minutes

Materials needed: cardstock, markers, computer/printer

  • Read several short books or stories about Amelia Earhart to students.
  • Have students reflect on the following:
    • Earhart's record-breaking accomplishments
    • Earhart's character traits
    • Earhart's skills
    • Earhart's life
  • Based on this information, have students create an award certificate for Amelia Earhart that highlights her biggest strength. Students will design the certificate either by drawing on cardstock or printing it from the computer.
  • Have students share the award and reason for selecting it in small groups.

Project: Diary

On June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart embarked on her final flight. She wanted to be the first woman to fly around the world. This project explores what may have occurred on that flight.

Grade level: 5-12

Length: 60-120 minutes

  • Have students research various theories about what happened to Amelia Earhart.
  • Have students select a preferred theory when working on this project.
  • Have students write a diary from the perspective of Amelia Earhart that begins the day she began her final flight and ends on the day of her death. Students should explore:
    • How did she feeling about her journey?
    • What happened along the journey?
    • What went wrong?
    • Does she survive the crash? How?
    • What attempts does she make to get help?
  • Diaries must have at least five entries. Each entry must be at least a complete paragraph.
  • Have students share their diaries in small groups.

Project: Embellished Quotes

Amelia Earhart expressed many poignant thoughts, particularly about women's roles and adventures. In this project, students will highlight some of Earhart's most meaningful words.

Grade level: 3-8

Length: 45-90 minutes

Materials needed: computer/internet/printer, construction paper, markers/colored pencils

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