In 1903, the Wright brothers made the first heavier-than-air powered flight—changing the course of humanity. However, people practiced aviation even before 1903—flying in airships, balloons, and gliders among other craft. Today, aviation is an integral part of our modern life.

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  • In 1903, the Wright brothers made the first heavier-than-air powered flight—changing the course of humanity. However, people practiced aviation even before 1903—flying in airships, balloons, and gliders among other craft. Today, aviation is an integral part of our modern life.

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time Field Trip Pre and Post Visit Materials - Wright Brothers - Spanish A mix of activities from experiments to writing activities. Expand learning on concepts connected to the Wright Brothers and Early Flight. These activities connect to standards of learning. https://s.si.edu/WrightBrothersPreandPostVisitMaterials_es_us Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Balloons, Aviation, Early flight, People, Records and Firsts

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: Field Trip Pre and Post Visit Materials - Air Show - Spanish A mixture of experiments and activities to expand the learning on the Air Show Storytime. Learn about Air Circuses and Air Shows with activities that connect to learning standards. https://s.si.edu/AirShowPreandPostVisitMaterials_es_us Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation

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