Have you ever thought of anyone in the airport as a community helper? Well, check out these free ways to learn about airline workers, our community helpers in the air.
This post is part of the Getting to Know Community Helpers Series
It just so happens that I have been on a plane as recently as a few days ago. I was thinking of this very subject. Airline workers – are they community helpers or not? I say YES.
From the moment I arrived at the departing airport to leaving the destination airport, from the ticketing personnel to the security guards, I had an amazing experience.
I started thinking about the importance of each person I came in contact with and that each one had my best interest in mind. They all wanted to help me get to my destination and do it safely in an organized manner.
Airline workers indeed help the community and have super cool careers as well.
Check out these free ways to learn about airline workers our community helpers in the air:
Help kids learn about the different roles of airline workers:
A pilot is a community helper airline worker whose role it is to fly a plane and get the passengers from one point to another safely and on schedule. The pilot does all sorts of things to make sure we are safe in flight like checking security, checking the weather, preparing flights from the operations office, communicating with flight attendants, and so much more.
Commercial Airline Pilot: What I Do and How Much I Make | Khan Academy
Pilot Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
What Does the Pilot Do? | Fun Kids Live
These community helpers explain all safety equipment and verify that passengers are following safety signs and procedures. They greet passengers, monitor carry-on baggage, and direct passengers to assigned seats.
Flight Attendant Job Description Template | Talent Lyft
5 Interesting Facts About Flight Attendants | Going Places
Flight Attendant Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs):
These community helper airline workers are pretty awesome and crucial to aviation. The ATCs are ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air. They prevent crashes and make sure airplanes are running on time and on schedule.
All About Air Traffic Control | Kidz Search
Air Traffic Control Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
History of Air Traffic Control | NATCA Kids Corner
FREE Air Traffic Control Simulator Activity | Smart Skies
Who are Air Traffic Controllers? FREE Coloring and Activity Book | NATCA Kids Corner
FREE PDFs on Air Traffic Controllers | NATCA Kids Corner
(These are pretty cool resources from NATCA Kids Corner!)
Your visual learners will enjoy these videos about airline workers alongside the lessons:
Video of Air Traffic Control (Behind the Scenes) | Fun Kids Learn
How Air Traffic Control Works | Wendover Productions
Amy’s Aviation: Day in the Life of a Pilot! | Fun Kids Learn
This Pilot Teaches Children How to Fly | Smithsonian Channel
Flight Attendants Job Description | GadBaller
Teach your kids about the history of flight:
History of Flight for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Provide a study on a famous pilot like Amelia Earhart or the Wright Brothers:
Amelia Earhart Mini-Unit FREEBIE | In All You Do
Engaging Amelia Earhart Unit Study for K-2 | Teaching with Children’s Books
Amelia Earhart FREE Unit Study | Peanut Butter Fish Lessons
Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers | Starts at Eight
Use airplane/aviation themed printables for learning:
FREE Airplane Printable Pack for Kids | Fun with Mama
Learn Everything About Airplanes (FREE Printable) | The Natural Homeschool
Awesome Lessons on Air Transportation for Kids FREE Printables | The Natural Homeschool
FREE Airplane Nomenclature Cards | The Pinay Homeschooler
Airplanes and Helicopters FREE Lesson Plan for Kindergarten | Bright Hub! Education
Craft Stick Airplane Sight Word Matching Puzzle | Chalk Academy
Paper Airplane Math | Our Journey Westward
Flying Into A Letter Recognition Activity! | How Wee Learn
Little Pilots Tot Pack | Our Little Monkeys
Explore activities, experiments, and STEM all with an aviation theme:
Paper Airplane Science – An Experiment Designed and Tested By Your Kids | Feels Like Home
How to Make the Best Paper Airplane | Bounce Back Parenting
Paper Airplane Engineering Challenge | STEAMsational
Build An Aircraft Engineering Challenge | The Homeschool Scientist
Paper Fliers – Rainy Day Boredom Busters | Science Kiddo
STEM Paper Airplane Challenge and Airplane Books | Line Upon Line Learning
Paper Airplane STEM Challenge for grades 3–6 | Teacher Blog
Pretend play areas will be super fun as kids learn about the airport and airline workers:
Printable Pretend Play Set: Airport | Learn Create Love
Pretend Play Printables: Airport Set | Playdough to Plato
Airport Dramatic Play Center | Fairy Poppins
FREEBIE: Printable Play Plane Tickets | Barley and Birch
Airport Dramatic Play | Play to Learn Preschool
Assign reading material about pilots and aviation to check out at the local library or online:
Airplane Books & Activities | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Kids Books About Airplanes and Aviation | Embark on the Journey
Pilots: Books for Kids | BookRoo
On top of being a service to our community, airline workers face another set of challenges. For instance, competition for these jobs is pretty thick, they work extremely long hours, their work has a lot of requirements, and they have to pay special attention to detail.
Airline workers are community helpers worth learning about with your kids.
Check out other resources for studying more community helpers with your students:
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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