Who Was Amelia Earhart?

This month’s Poppins Book Nook theme is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  We had recently done an aviation night at our local science museum, so I chose Who Was Amelia Earhart? to be the the book that we read.

Amelia Earhart

Who Was Amelia Earhart? is part of a series of short, illustrated biographies for young readers.  I suspect that Firecracker could have read it by himself, but I read it aloud to both him and Rose.  It simply tells Earhart’s life story, from the beginning through the disappearance of her plane over the Pacific Ocean.

Of course, my children were most fascinated by the fact that no one has ever found the remains of her plane, so no one knows exactly what happened to her.

Of course, as part of our learning about aviation, we went to our local science museum.  They have an aviation exhibit, so we got to see a model of the Wright brothers’ first plane.

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We also got to see models from space ships because this exhibit of the museum is transportation up to present day.  We even got to take pictures of the children inside space helmets!

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This is an easy experiment on lift to demonstrate.  You tape a small piece of paper to a pencil.  Then, if you stand in front of a source that is blowing, you can see it lift the paper just like lifting a plane’s wings.  A simple variation of this experiment is also to practice blowing down on the paper.  You’ll still see lift.

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We also made kites.  Essentially, these are simply shaped pieces of paper or cardstock that have been reinforced on the sides with straws and tied with strings.

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Here’s another cute mini model of the first flyer.  What the children are going here is simply making themselves a poster with facts about the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart on it.

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We also made rubber band planes.  This was the highlight of learning about planes for Firecracker.  By the way, these planes are really fragile and easily broken, but they’re a lot of fun.  Monkey (who is only four) broke his and it was a great source of frustration for him.  Firecracker had a blast with these planes though for several days.

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They had a fun toy set up in their lobby for the little kids.  They got pushed around in a big wooden plane.  We stood in line forever to give Monkey and Owlet a turn at doing that.  It was totally worth it though because they really enjoyed “flying.”

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I’m trying to convince the kids that they want to further their study of Amelia Earhart at home.  Here are a few of the resources that I have found:

There’s several of these resources I’d love to use on the someday that my children decide to take the study further than the book and a night at the museum.  As I’m linking this post up with Poppins Book Nook, I’d like to remind you to take an opportunity to visit some of the other co-hosts!

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Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a Fort Magic Kit!  With Fort Magic you can bring all of the planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else your child can think of from your storybooks to life to interact with, play with, and make reading fun. The possibilities are only limited by your child’s imagination. Jump into a world of books today with Fort Magic! You can read a review of Fort MagicHERE.

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The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook, in partnership with the Fort Magic. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Good luck!  This looks like a really cool product!!  So what have you done to study Amelia Earhart?  If you don’t have a blog to link up with, just tell me in the comments.  I’d really like to know!

*Clip art graphics by Melonheadz

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3 thoughts on “Who Was Amelia Earhart?

  1. I love this! We almost did Amelia Earhart, as well. I had pulled 2 or 3 biographies that we have when I changed my mind. It is so hard to decide on just one subject! I love the night at the museum. It looks like so much fun. I love it when we are able to connect a book with a hands on, real life place like this. – Lori

    1. It was! I really wanted to do trains with my four year old, but I couldn’t help but take advantage of using the family science night to spark their interest 🙂

  2. Amelia Earhart is fascinating, but you really took that to the next level with family science night! It looks like your family had a great time!
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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