History of Flight Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the history of flight with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz to follow up, and participate in four hands-on activities to reinforce main concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this text lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Explain how aviation changed rapidly after the world wars
  • Name some famous pilots throughout aviation history
  • Recap a timeline of major moments in aviation since 1783


1.5-2 Hours


  • Colored markers
  • Copies of the text lesson History of Flight & Aviation: Timeline & Evolution along with the related lesson quiz
  • Image of Chuck Yeager
  • Image of Jacqueline Cochran
  • Internet access
  • Poster board, one large sheet per student
  • Two preprinted worksheets, one with ten aviation milestones and one with the corresponding dates, not in the correct order

Key Vocabulary

  • Amelia Earhart
  • Bell X-1
  • Chuck Yeager
  • Giffard Dirigible
  • Kitty Hawk
  • Montgolfier Brothers
  • Red Baron
  • Space Race
  • Sputnik I
  • Wright Brothers

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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