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Study Guide for

Girls Fly!

This study guide includes

cross curriculum exercises

in Writing, Art, Drama, Social Studies and

Technology

Word Search Puzzle

Trivia

Web site addresses for further research

Reproducible worksheets

Created by Pam Albers

Pelican Publishing Company


To the Moon and Beyond!!

Space is one of the last frontiers for women and we have made significant contributions to

space flight in a short period of time. Take some time and research the contributions of

women to space exploration.

• Learn about three space missions that women were involved in.

• Read a biography about a woman in space: Shannon Lucid, Sally Ride, or Mae Jemison

• Explore the space firsts of women in space.

• Make your own timeline of important events in space exploration.

Pretend that you are an astronaut on board a space station and write a postcard from

space. Draw a picture about what you think you would see in space.

Date___________________________

Dear___________________________,


Cross Curriculum Learning Experiences

Writing:

Pick one famous woman in air and space history. Have the students assume

the role of a newspaper or television reporter and write a newspaper story or

radio announcement about a history-making event for the person they have

chosen.

Purpose:

To organize their writing by importance, time, or sequence.

To explain why the accomplishments of their woman in history made her

an important American hero.

To demonstrate understanding of the structure of a news story

To demonstrate copy, editing, and revision of work skills

Imagine that you are Amelia Earhart on her flight around the world. Write

some entries into your imaginary flight log. What do you think she saw and

experienced?

Purpose:

Expand creative writing skills

Enhance journaling skills

Art:

Organize a poster display of a timeline of history during the lifetime of a

chosen woman in aeronautics history.

Drama:

Put on a dramatic interpretation of the news story written about the student’s

chosen woman in aeronautics history.

Have the students write an imaginary interview dialogue between a

newscaster and a woman in history for presentation to the class.


Social Studies:

Have students choose one location along Amelia Earhart’s route to explore.

Have them research the geography, history and culture. Pick one location to

do an in depth report on.

Research the birthplace of a chosen woman pilot.

Technology:

Have the students do Internet research on the lives of Bessie Coleman and

Mae Jamison, two African American women in the history of flight. Write a

short comparison and contrast about the lives and influence of these two

extraordinary women.

Do an Internet search on employment opportunities for women today in space

and flight

Find the email address for a female pilot. Compose a letter and email it to her.

Share any answers that you may get with your friends and classmates.

Something to think about –

According to NASA, each year there are more spaces available for women in

the astronaut-training program than there are women applying for the

program. Why do you think that is??


Connect the Dots and Color Answer


WOMEN IN FLIGHT TRIVIA

1. What was the name of the first licensed woman pilot?

2. What was the name of the first African American woman pilot?

3. What was the name of the first woman of Chinese ancestry to earn a pilot’s license?

4. Which African American pilot opened the first flight school at Harlem Airport?

5. What was the name of the first woman pilot from the former Soviet Union?

6. What was the name of the first woman pilot to fly around the world?

7. Who made her first flight in a “man-lifting kite” in 1902?

8. Which famous stunt pilot soloed her first airplane at age 12?

9. Which pilot owned an airplane named Little Stinker ?

10. Which pilot is the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatics Competition?

11. Who was the first female pilot to be sworn in as a United States airmail pilot?

12. Who was the first woman to pilot in the US Space Shuttle program?

To learn more information about these women, and other famous women in flight, visit

these Web sites:

www.ninety-nines.org

www.uh.edu/engines/womfly

www.sciencemuseumorg/flight

www.ctie.monash.edu/hargrave/skelton

www.aerobatic.com

www.gale.com

www.nasm.edu

www.iwasm.org (this Web site has links to many sites about women in aviation)

Answer Key

1.Harriett Quimby; 2. Bessie Coleman; 3. Katherine Cheung; 4. Willa Brown; 5. Valentina

Tereshkova; 6.Geraldine Mock; 7.Leila Marie Cody; 8. Betty Skelton; 9. Betty Skelton; 10. Patty

Wagstaff; 11. Helen Richey; 12. Lt. Col. Eileen Marie Collins


Find the hidden words in this puzzle!!

E H W E C A P S G W W B N H R

C L B A R I O Y X J N I O E I

P O T I G N O T L E K S I L C

Q A D T H G R G W E A U T E H

X M T Y I A S C O L E M A N E

B O Z T H L S T E B E T T Y Y

A O B R Y E L T A C V G S T B

L N A W I W I N I F R R K A G

I E D R L B N R O N F O R N F

E B A U E T D O I N K O F A O

L M C S N N B D S A N E K E X

O I S U A F E Y K E E A R J J

D I T V Q B R D S R O C H E X

E S Y D O U G S E T I K U S G

C R E G A E Y V Y E P V W B F

AIR

BARONESS

BESSIE

BETTY

CODY

COLEMAN

EARHART

FORCE

HELEN

JEANA

KITE

LEILA

LINDBERG

LITTLE

LUCID

MARIE

MOON

NAVY

PATTY

RICHEY

ROCHE

SHANNON

SKELTON

SPACE

STATION

STINKER

STUNT

WAGGSTAFF

YEAGER

Betty Skelton


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GIRLS FLY!

By Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly

Illustrated by Rosalie M. Shepherd

A chance conversation between young Charlene and her two brothers about what she wants to do

when she is an adult blossoms into an educational dialogue in which Charlene teaches her

brothers a thing or two about women and their participation in the field of aeronautics.

Beginning with her revelation that Leila Marie Cody flew in a kite years before the Wright

brothers created their airplane, Charlene continues with a “who’s who” of influential female

figures. Recounting history from Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who was the first American woman

to earn her glider pilot’s license, to Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman

astronaut, Charlene confirms that girls can be anything they want to be--and, in fact, they can

fly!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Partners in Homan and Reilly Design, authors Lynn and Thomas have extensive experience in

historical research, writing, and design. A licensed pilot, Reilly has served as an aviation

consultant and has flown both fixed-wing aircraft and hot-air balloons. Homan earned a B.A. in

history from West Virginia University and is involved in the creation of museum exhibitions,

functioning as editor, curator, and designer. They are the authors of Black Knights: The Story of

the Tuskegee Airmen ($23.00), The Tuskegee Airmen Story ($14.95), and Tuskegee Airmen:

American Heroes ($14.95). All are published by Pelican.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Illustrator Rosalie M. Shepherd is a landscape and portrait painter who works with oil, charcoal,

and watercolor and has worked extensively as a graphic designer. This is her third book with

Homan and Reilly. She also illustrated the late David Collins’s last book, Clarence Thomas,

Fighter with Words ($14.95).

GIRLS FLY!

By Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly

Illustrated by Rosalie M. Shepherd

32 pp. 8½ x 11

31 color illus.

ISBN: 1-58980-154-7 $15.95

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