Do your children enjoy learning about famous people in history? If you are learning about the history of flight, or space travel in your homeschool they will enjoy learning about these famous aviators and astronauts.
There are so many famous aviators and astronauts that have made a huge impact on history and in science. Their lives and stories are quite fascinating and can spark some excitement in your children. They will most likely want to study and learn more about these famous men and women. These human beings put their mark on history by risking their lives for the sense of adventure, and exploring science.
Learning About Famous Aviators and Astronauts with FREE Worksheets and Unit Studies:
There are many famous aviators that we could create a huge list of them. I am only covering a few that are well known, and have made history. They have made history by their accomplishments, and some have also made world wide news through tragic events.
Charles Lindburgh was famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. He flew on the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris without stopping! His baby was kidnapped for ransom, and murdered in 1932 which made worldwide news and brought him even more fame.
Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to ever fly across the Atlantic ocean. She was inspired by Lindbergh’s flight and the world wanted a woman to try it! Amelia was also the first woman to fly over the Atlantic and pacific Ocean. She mysteriously disappeared when flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
Check out all these Amelia Earhart Unit Studies and Free Printables.
Howard Hughes was a famous aviator, and famous director. He was extremely wealthy, and a party boy who enjoyed building airplanes. Hughes is credited with many aviation innovations, including the H-4 Hercules, which the press nicknamed the Spruce Goose! He withdrew from the public light after a terrible airplane accident in the 40s.
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. She was so determined to receive it that she had to leave America and go to France to to attend aviation school. She specialized in stunt flying and parachuting and wowed many in her short life. Bessie tragically died practicing for an aerial show.
The Wright Brothers:
Wilbur and Orville Wright were pioneers in aviation. They were inventors before they were aviators. These brothers built and flew the very first airplane in history.
We have a great round-up of FREE Unit Studies and Printables on the Wright Brothers.
Here are some books your kids will enjoy digging into:
Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator (Childhood of Famous Americans)Famous Women Aviators (Dover History Coloring Book)The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation (Landmark Books)Fly High!: The Story of Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot (Rookie Biographies)
I grew up in Florida, near the space coast. I have fond memories of watching the sky for the space shuttle and rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. There are many cities in Florida where you can see the trail from the rockets just by looking up! It’s so fascinating and the kids love looking for them, or watching them live online. When learning about space travel, it’s fun to do a study on the astronauts that risked their lives to travel there for us.
There are lots amazing astronauts that are just too many to list here. I have picked some of the more famous ones with names that you or your children may be familiar with. If your children like to research, they are for sure to find even more that they may want to study and learn about!
Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon.
If your children enjoy learning about astronauts, we recommend these books:
Space! A Kids Book About Space – Fun Facts & Pictures About Outer Space Exploration, Famous Astronauts, Space Ships & MoreEllen Ochoa: First Latina Astronaut (Famous Latinos)Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer (Childhood of Famous Americans)Heroes of the Space Age: Incredible Stories of the Famous and Forgotten Men and Women Who Took Humanity to the StarsI am Neil Armstrong (Ordinary People Change the World)Astronaut Mae Jemison (STEM Trailblazer Bios)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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