#CelebrateWithDE – Women in Flight

May 21, 2018 marks the 76th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s solo transatlantic flight. With the recent success of Hidden Figures and the handoff of the command of the International Space Station to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2017, there is plenty to celebrate about women in flight! In fact, Sally Ride’s birthday is coming up on the 26th of May. Mark the special Earhart anniversary by taking off into resources about her historic career and then highlighting the achievements of other women in flight.

Amelia Earhart

History Kids: Amelia Earhart
(Canadian Version)
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Explores the aviation career of Amelia Earhart. The program discusses Earhart’s early life, her interest in flying, her impact as the first woman aviator to break multiple records, and her attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
Finding Amelia
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

A team of researchers and archaeologists led by Ric Gillespie delve into the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart during her legendary trip around the world. Features the following clip about Amelia Earhart’s fame…
The Fame of Amelia Earhart
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Amelia Earhart gains fame in 1928 for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger. The pilot soon hashes out a plan to fly around the world along its widest part, the equator, in order to prove herself as a female pilot in an industry dominated by males.

Other Notable Women in Flight

Reading Rainbow: Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Full Video

Host LeVar Burton shares stories about female pilots, including Ruth Law Thrills a nation, by Don Brown. The program explores the history of some of the first women to fly planes and become pilots.
Sally Ride, 61, Left Major Imprint on Space Program, Inspired Young Scientists
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Known for being the first American woman in space, Sally Ride dedicated her life to inspiring young people to engage in science, technology, and math through the thrill of space travel. The program looks at Sally Ride’s life and ground-breaking work within the NASA space program as well as her passion for science education.
Global Wrap: 2017-04-26: United States: NASA Record-Setter
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Astronaut Peggy Whitson sets the record for most days an American has spent in space – a total of 534 days.

SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Facebook
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy uses a well-known social media platform to encourage students to investigate and develop an understanding of a person of historical significance. Students create a profile page, requiring them to make connections to important events and individuals of a particular time and place. To encourage students to take the perspective of a woman in flight, have students create plausible posted updates from the featured individual in the assignment.


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One Comment;

  1. Diane said:

    Jessica, recheck the 76 year anniversary of Amelia’s flight, as you have it being 1942. As I recall she disappeared in 1937.

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