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TeachersFirst Presents Air & Space
Discover four fabulous finds related to air and space, created and curated by TeachersFirst.
This collection of resources will help you research information about the universe and space. Site descriptions help you locate the information for what you want to know. View grade level suggestions and classroom use ideas too.
This curated list includes books about ways that people have used flying machines as well as the many creatures that fly. Find books about how flight works and share with students to supplement their study of the physics of flight and aerodynamics.
Honor the Wright Brothers and other figures in flight with these flight-related resources. Use as part of a unit on famous scientists and their discoveries and inspire inventiveness in your own students by having them complete a research project!
Delve into black holes or get to know famous astronomers with these books, organized by grade level. Launch into books about space and space exploration. Discover books for all levels, from young "astronauts to be" to high school space scholars.
Celebrate Aviation Day
National Aviation Day and Orville Wright's birthday are both celebrated on August 19. In honor of these two events, check out this trio of flight inspired resources.
Learn how Orville and Wilbur Wright changed the world. Follow the family timeline from 1630 to the famous Kitty Hawk flight in 1903. Be sure to check out the interactive experiments, classroom activities, and lesson plans at the bottom of the page.
Images and documents in this archive from The Library of Congress provide primary sources on the history of flight and the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Study the photographs, letters, and other documents in this collection to learn more.
Build and test your own airplane at this interactive creation activity that allows you to choose the wing shape and lift, the type of engine to use to power the aircraft, and how you will control the plane. The site tests the airplane and shares results.
Resources Beyond the Earth
Focus on space and the solar system as we commemorate the first photo of Earth taken from the Moon on August 23, 1966.
Search the NASA for Educators resources, divided by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 for interactives, printables, teacher guides, and more to support your STEM lessons. Be sure to visit the NASA Kids' Club area filled with activities and games!
Dig deep into this site to learn through images and short feature articles about women in space, the solar system, space exploration vehicles and history, and much more. Plus, there is an area dedicated to elementary-aged students.
Take a journey to the farthest regions of space with this interactive from BBC. Click to explore! Scroll down and move the rocket from Earth's closest cloud layer to the outer edges of our solar system--46 billion light years away!
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