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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
The invention of the airplane sparked a revolution in modern technology. Beginning in the 1920s, a small number of determined black air enthusiasts fought against racial discrimination and formidable odds to realize their dream. They learned how to fly. Use these Smithsonian lessons and interactive activities to help students to explore the history of African American aerial pioneers.
One Life: Amelia Earhart
This online exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery introduces students to Amelia Earhart. The site includes rare film footage of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Milestones of Flight Teaching Poster
This teaching poster introduces students to seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the National Air and Space Museum’s collections. Students learn about the technological advances of these craft as well as their impact on society.
From Airmail to Airlines
This extensive National Air and Space Museum teacher guide features classroom activities that explore changes in air transportation from 1920 to the present.
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
Introduce students to the people, moments, technology and culture that helped aviation literally get off the ground in the 1920s and 1930s. This Smithsonian site includes a variety of fun, interactive games that put students in the cockpit and show them what it was like to be a pioneer of flight.
The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age
Invite students to complete interactive experiments and other classroom activities as they learn about Wilbur and Orville Wright, how they invented a flying machine and the beginning of the aerial age. All materials were developed by the National Air and Space Museum.
How Things Fly
Encourage students to learn by doing as they complete these activities from the National Air and Space Museum. Students will learn how wings work, design and make their own paper airplanes, take a distance challenge and see the forces of flight in action. They can even practice flying with a controlled flight simulator or by building a rocket in a rocket lab.
Do symbols mean the same thing in every culture?
In this Smithsonian Learning Lab collection, students will discover what stars mean to the Lakota and other Native people. Students will discuss how Western cultures think about stars. Students will use the star quilt pattern to create a symbolic quilt that represents their school.
Infinity of Nations Culture Quest
The Infinity of Nations Culture Quest website explores content from the exhibition Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Students can explore 25 works of art; the Culture Quest, which features interactive segments focused on 10 objects; and Meet the Artist, which introduces students to five Native American artists and their modern creations.
A Life in Beads: The Stories a Plains Dress Can Tell
Use this guide from the National Museum of the American Indian to explore traditional dresses made by Sioux women. Through their stories and their art, students will learn about the importance of preserving Native culture and see how families share and pass down traditions.