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Countdown to Flight!


Author: Steve Englehart
Publisher: Avon Camelot Book
ISBN: 0-380-77918-8

A Supplemental Literature Unit

Literature Unit Introduction

This supplemental literature unit is to be used in conjunction with the tradebook (available in paperback) Countdown to Flight! (see the novel's description below). It was originally designed as part of the educational multimedia CD-ROM entitled Exploring Aeronautics for 5th through 8th grade. Teachers who wish to use this Wright Flyer web site along with an aeronautics-themed unit are encouraged to utilize the following materials.

This supplemental guide is formatted using an "Into, Through and Beyond" approach to literature, and attempts to engage the learner in critical thinking, exercises in creativity and writing activities. Choose from the assorted "Into" activities to get your students motivated to read the novel. Use your choices of "Through" activities to help your students interact with the elements found in the story while engaged in reading the book. Upon completion of the novel, the "Beyond" activities can extend your students' learning experiences as well as provide a link to elements found in other sections of this Wright Flyer web site.

We hope you find this literature unit to be useful in your classroom.

Exploring Aeronautics cd


and Wright Flyer Online

A curriculum in Aeronautics for the 5th through 8th grade level

aero-nau-tics \-iks\ n pl but sing in constr 1: a science of dealing with the operation of aircraft 2: the art or science of flight

produced by the
External Affairs Office
Ames Research Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


From dream to reality- This is an exciting story of the invention of the airplane. The story focuses on the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their remarkable work of creating a heavier-than-air, powered aircraft that could be successfully controlled during all aspects of flight. The book uses aeronautical terminology and discusses research by the brothers' contemporaries to tell a complete story about the invention of the airplane.

Susanne Ashby - Curriculum Specialist
Liza Alderete - Editor
Amberlee Chaussee - Production Assistant

Table of Contents

Into Activities

Student Activity Sheet: "And I Quote...."
Student Activity Sheet: "And I Quote...." Discussion Key
Student Activity Sheet: Circles of Knowledge
Student Activity Sheet: Circles of Knowledge Answer Key Example
Student Activity Sheet: The Beginnings of Aeronautical Knowledge
Student Activity Sheet: The Beginnings of Aeronautical Knowledge Answer Key

Through Activities

Student Activity Sheet: Important Dates in the Lives of the Wright Brothers
Student Activity Sheet: Important Dates in the Lives of the Wright Brothers Answer Key
Vocabulary List Chapter 1 The Wright Brothers
Vocabulary List Chapter 2 Five Years to Flight: 1899
Vocabulary List Chapter 3 Four Years to Flight: 1900
Vocabulary List Chapter 4 Three Years to Flight: 1901
Vocabulary List Chapter 5 Two Years to Flight: 1902
Vocabulary List Chapter 6 One Year to Flight: 1903
Vocabulary Activity 1: Vocabulary Cards
Vocabulary Activity 2: Visual Vocabulary
Vocabulary Activity 3: Aeronautical Vocabulary Crossword (Chapter 2)
Vocabulary Activity 4: Aeronautical Vocabulary Crossword (Chapters 4 - 6)
Student Activity Sheets: Comprehension Questions
Student Activity Sheet: Design a Billboard
Student Activity Sheet: Letter from Lorin
Student Activity Sheet: Propeller Motion
Student Activity Sheet: Newspaper Article

Beyond Activities

Student Activity Sheet: A Moment in Time
Student Activity Sheet: Evolution of an Idea
Student Activity Sheet: Interview with the Brothers
Student Activity Sheet: Solving the Problems of Flight
Student Activity Sheet: Writing A Ballad

References to Aeronautical Concepts Presented in Countdown to Flight!


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