A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. When was Amelia Earhart born?

July 24, 1897. Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. Her mother was Amy Earhart, and her father was Edwin Earhart. Amelia's younger sister, Muriel, was born in 1900.

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2. What year did Amelia Earhart first see an airplane?
1908. Amelia first saw an airplane when she was eleven years old in 1908. Just five years earlier, in 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful flight. Amelia commented about the first airplane she saw, saying it was just "a thing of rusty wire and wood...not at all interesting."

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3. What year did Amelia Earhart take her first flying lesson?
1921. Amelia Earhart went to an air show on December 25, 1920, in California. Three days later she took a ten-minute airplane ride. Amelia took her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921. She bought her first airplane for her birthday on July 24, 1921. It was named, Canary. In 1924, Amelia sold this airplane to buy a sports car and drive her mother to Medford, Massachusetts.

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4. True or False: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
True. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger and as a pilot. On June 17, 1928, Amelia Earhart was a co-passenger aboard the airplane Friendship with Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon. Stultz was the pilot. Amelia checked the maps and kept records of their speed and altitude. The flight lasted 20 hours and 40 minutes. They landed on June 18, 1828, in the harbor of Burry Port, Wales. Amelia became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. She returned to New York as a hero. She wrote a book and articles, and she gave lectures against war and for women's rights. Amelia wanted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean again -- this time she wanted to fly solo. On May 20, 1932, Amelia took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and landed the next day in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Amelia become the second person and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Charles Lindbergh was the first person to do so in May, 1927.

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5. What year did Amelia Earhart die?
1937. Amelia Earhart wanted to be the first person to fly around the world. On June 1, 1937, Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, began their flight. They flew from Miami, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to South America, Africa, India, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Guinea. They had completed over three-fourths of their trip. On July 2, they took off from Lae, New Guinea, on their way to Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. Amelia knew this was a very difficult leg of the trip because Howland Island is only 2 miles long and less than a mile wide in the middle of the largest ocean. Amelia's plane never arrived in Howland Island, and it was never found. On July 3, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared in the Pacific Ocean.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Airplane: A heavier-than-air craft kept aloft in the air

Solo Flight: When a person makes a flight alone

Transatlantic: Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Aviation: The design, development, production, operation, or use of a heavier-than-air craft

Aviator: A pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air craft

Pioneer: One of the first persons in a particular field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. Who were the Wright brothers?
They were the first people to fly an airplane. Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1948) were brothers from Dayton, Ohio. On December 17, 1903, Orville made the first successful flight in a heavier-than-air craft at
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight lasted 12 seconds. Visit the Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation.

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b. Who was Charles Lindbergh?
He was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 20, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) flew from New York to Paris. This was the first time a person made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight
. His airplane was called The Spirit of St. Louis. The flight took 33 hours and 39 minutes. Lindbergh landed in Paris on May 21. Today, his airplane is in the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Milestones of Flight Gallery in Washington, D.C. Did you know Lindbergh's nickname is "Lucky Lindy?"

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c. Name ONE of Amelia Earhart's achievements in aviation.
Broke women's altitude record when she rose to 14,000 feet (October 22, 1922)
First woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane (June 17-18, 1928)
Set women's autogiro altitude record with 18,415 feet (April 8, 1931)
Second person and first woman to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean (May 20-21, 1932)
First person to fly from Hawaii to California (January 11-12, 1935)
First person to make a solo flight across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (May 20-21, 1932, and January 11-12, 1935, respectively)
First person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City (April 19-20, 1935)
Did you know Amelia Earhart's mother was the first woman to climb to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado? It is 14,110 feet high.

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d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:
I flew in an airplane for the first time from Michigan to California when I was 3 years old.

Charles Lindbergh made a solo flight from New York to Paris.

My parents went on a transatlantic cruise.

I want to study aviation when I grow up.

Amelia Earhart is my favorite aviator.

The Wright Brothers were pioneers in the field of aviation when Orville Wright made a solo flight in 1903, and became the first aviator in an airplane. Unfortunately for my sentence, it was not a transatlantic flight.

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e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Amelia Earhart:
Official Amelia Earhart Web Site
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Amelia Earhart: Women in Aviation & Space History (Smithsonian)
Women in Aviation: Amelia Earhart
National Women's Hall of Fame: Amelia Earhart
National Aviation Hall of Fame
The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots
Women of NASA

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