Lesson Plan

First Controlled Powered Flight

The Wright brothers' camp on the Outer Banks with the flyer in 1903.
The Wright brother's camp.

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Grade Level:
Eighth Grade
Geography, History, Social Studies
National/State Standards:
National Standards for History:
Grade 5-12: Era 6- Standard: 1a, 2c

National Social Studies Standards:
Theme: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
first flight, airplane, Wright Brothers, technology, Inventions, Wright Brothers National Monument


This lesson could be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in units on technological and scientific advances at the turn of the 20th century, aviation history, or great inventors. It also could be used in a unit commemorating the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903.


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Last updated: April 14, 2015