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The Wright Brothers Unit Study


Personal Use Download. This item is for personal use only. You may use it for your own children as needed. If you are using the curriculum in a multiple-family co-op group or a school class, you will need to purchase the Classroom version of the curriculum.

Age Group: These unit studies are intended for elementary students ages Kindergarten - 5th or 6th grades.

Each of my scientist & inventor unit studies contains educational lessons, activities and a fun lap book that your students will work on as they progress through the study. The lessons also include book reports, vocabulary, character traits of these important figures, and critical thinking skills. I currently have 7 studies in this series. These studies are geared towards grades Kindergarten-4th, but can probably be adapted for older students as well.




The Wright Brothers were two American inventors and aviation pioneers credited with inventing the world’s first successful pilot-controlled, powered airplane. Orville Wright was born August 19, 1871 in Dayton Ohio, and Wilbur Wright was born April 16, 1867 in Millville, Indiana. The brothers most important discovery was the invention of three-axis control which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft well enough to effectively maintain its equilibrium.


Their first and very famous sustained human flight took place on December 17, 1903. The first flight was made by Orville and went a total of 120 feet in 12 seconds at a speed of 6.8 mph. The next two flights covered approximately 175 feet and 200 feet by Wilbur and Orville respectively. The brothers later started up The Wright Company to build and sell airplanes as well as train pilots. And just 66 years after their first flight at Kitty Hawk, a Saturn V rocket carried three American astronauts 240,000 miles to the moon! 





This study uses the Wright Brothers scientists and inventors series by Mike Venezia, but students are welcome to use any other researched information they can find as well. I would highly encourage older students to do some independent research on their scientist and inventor prior to completing their final report.


In this unit students will learn all about the Wright Brothers , their childhood history, lifetime achievements, characteristics, as well as some of their greatest inventions and contributions. Below is a sample of the Lapbook that students will create as they learn about the Wright Brothers. Activities for this unit include:

  • All About Orville Wright
  • All About Wilbur Wright
  • Inspiration
  • First Bicycle Company
  • Characteristics
  • New Discoveries
  • Wing Warping
  • Airplane Parts & Terms
  • History of Aircraft
  • Idea Book
  • Paper Airplane Activity
  • Vocabulary
  • A Final Report




The study also includes a final report on the Wright Brothers for students to complete. There are several different formats of the report to accommodate varying student grade levels that might be completing the unit.