Lesson Plan

Airplanes of the Future!

A 1910 Wirght Flyer in the sky
A 1910 Wirght Flyer being piloted by the Wrights

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
Aviation, History, Physical Science, Science and Technology
45 - 60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
Historical, Cultural, Social Contexts, Creative Expression, Communication, Analyzing and Responding.


Celebrating technological achievements by recognizing and creating artwork.


Students will be able to recognize and create artwork that celebrates technological achievements.

Visual Art Standard: Historical, Cultural, and Social Contexts.
Benchmark: Identify and describe the different purposes that people have for creating works of art

Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression and Communication
Benchmark: Use the elements and principles of art as a means to express ideas, emotions, and experiences.

Visual Art Standard: Analyzing and Responding
Benchmark: Apply comprehension strategies to respond to a range of visual artworks.


Paper, pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils will be utilized in this lesson plan.



The success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.

Alternatively, the rubric below can be used to rate each child's performance during the working period.

Art Rubric 
 Category Possible Points  Points Earned 
Craftsmanship  20   
Time on Task  20   
Following Assignment Guidelines
Use of Materials  20   
Clean Up  20   

Park Connections

History – The group can explore how the Wright brothers approached air shows, and how their achievements were celebrated in posters, advertisements, and other visual works of art.

Science - Students can research how engineers experiment with airplane design, and achieve particular results with their aircraft. 

Additional Resources

The History of the Airplane, by Barbara Somerville
Looping the Loop: Posters of Flight, by Henry Serran Villard and Willis M. Allen, Jr.
Return to Rhinebeck: Flying Vintage Aeroplanes, by Mike Vines
Space and Flight Experiments, by Louis V. Loeschnig


Advertisement – an image or message designed to show the best qualities of an event or article.

Barnstorming – an air show featuring stunts and feats in the air.

Last updated: February 19, 2016