Norma Goddard
Grade 2
Lincoln Elementary School
La Crescenta, California


Our class has enjoyed our study of the Wright Brothers and their wonderful inventions.  We began our study of the Wright Brothers by reading several books.  We read: The Wright Brothers by Pamela Duncan Edwards, First Flight by Caryn Jenner, The Wondrous Whirligig by Andrew Glass, and First to Fly by Peter Busby.  After learning so much about Orville and Wilbur Wright, we watched a wonderful video: Charlie Brown: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.

After reading several books and visiting many web sites about the Wright Brothers, we wrote stories about the Wright Brothers.

The Wright brother's interest in flying started with a toy helicopter. First they started a printing press. Next they opened a bicycle shop. Then they started building gliders. Finally they built the famous flyer!

The Wright brothers tried many times to fly The Flyer. Each time they learned new things about flying. They learned that the Flyer needed to go uphill instead of downhill when taking off. They went to Kitty Hawk to fly the first airplane because it had strong winds and sand to land on. On December 19 1903, the Flyer flew for 12 seconds and went 120 feet.

 I liked their inventions a lot. It was important to the history of flight because they built the first airplane powered by a motor.

We wrote a character poem about the two brothers.

The Wright Brothers

Wilbur and Orville Wright
Curious, eager, inventive and fearless
Who loved to create new things
Who felt strongly about helping man build a machine that flew
Who needed lots of ideas to change the glider into a flying machine
Who feared that their idea would be stolen
Who'd like to see man flying through the air like a bird
Who dreamt of flying for long periods of time
Who ended up changing the history of flight.

Next we wrote 5 W's poems

Orville and Wilbur Wright
Made a plane
One hundred years ago
At Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
So man could fly
The Wright Brothers
Became inventors
After playing with the whirligig
In Dayton, Ohio
So they could make man's first flying machine

Then we made paper airplanes and went outside to fly them. It took us a little while to figure out the best place to fly our planes. The wind was blowing, so we tried several places on our playground before we found the best place to fly our planes. We measured our flight paths to the nearest inch.

Next we made a bar graph showing all of the distances the airplanes had flown. Then we wrote some questions about the graph.

Finally, we thought about the important things in the life of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Then we created a timeline about the two brothers.