The Wright Brothers Unit Study

Hi everyone, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes over here to create a new set of unit studies! This series is all about famous Scientists & Inventors! As usual each study includes fun hands-on activities to go along with the unit to help students remember what they’ve learned, and also provide them with a fun reference too to review and recall each person they’ve learned about.


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.

Today I’m pleased to present The Wright Brothers Unit Study.


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.

Click here to see a video of the Wright Brothers Lapbook:


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.


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  • Robyn April 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I would love to learn about Thomas Edison with my sons:)

  • Rachel April 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    We’re starting a unit about the Wright brothers this week, so winning this would be wonderful!

  • Amanda April 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    The Wright Brothers are definitely two people I’d like to learn more about.

  • Kristina April 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    We’d love to learn about Benjamin Franklin!

  • Maryna April 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Would love to learn about them all, as they all made such a big impact on history and how we live today 🙂

  • Daily Woman (Lacey) April 15, 2013 at 1:07 am


  • Marla April 15, 2013 at 2:03 am

    My daughter recently checked out a book from the library about airplanes and LOVED it! She keeps asking more and more about planes, so we would love to learn more about the Wright brothers.

  • Lori Harvey April 15, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Leonardo da Vinci. I know he was known for his art but was also interested and worked in Science as well.

  • Denise Smith April 15, 2013 at 4:56 am

    They all look great! Love to study them all :0)

  • BeckyAll April 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

    We are exploring the Wright Brothers this week with a trip planned to a local airplane museum. All the packs look amazing.

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