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Amelia Earhart FREE Unit Study

Amelia Earhart was a woman who pushed the limits.  She admired other women who stepped outside of traditional roles.  At a young age, she became a famous aviatrix or female pilot. She enjoyed setting new records in her airplane and dabbled in many jobs and businesses.

In this FREE unit study, you and your children will learn all about Amelia Earhart and the early days of aviation.

Grab the Who Was Amelia Earhart? book, sign-up to receive the FREE printable unit study and then explore the other resources below!  And if you like this unit study, check out our 30+ other FREE Unit Studies here.

2024 Update: Deep sea divers think they may have found the wreckage of Ms. Earhart’s plane.  We cover this as one of our current events in our weekly Homeschool Trivia classes.  If you enjoy this unit study, then definitely check out the Homeschool Trivia episode about it.  The section on Amelia Earhart starts at the 30 minute mark.

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The Book about Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart unit study is based upon Who Was Amelia Earhart?. This book shares about Amelia’s childhood and how she became fascinated with flying. Learn about the records she broke, challenges she faced and about her tragic and mysterious disappearance.

You could use this book as a read aloud or have 3rd-5th graders read it on their own. The book works well spread out over 3-5 days.

Who Was Amelia Earhart?
  • Jerome, Kate Boehm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 106 Pages - 11/11/2002 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Amelia Earhart FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Amelia Earhart’s life.

A timeline activity to chart Amelia Earhart’s life and work.

A History of Flight Timeline activity.

What Do You Think Happened? writing prompt.  Students are encouraged to write a fictional account of Amelia’s last flight or to research the theories as to what happened to her plane and decide which they think is the most accurate.

Flight Instrument Crossword Puzzle: Learn about some of the instruments Ms. Earhart used on her plane.

Following Directions with Amelia Earhart: Help your children develop their listening skills and their world geography knowledge while learning about Amelia’s flights.

Printed noteboPrinted crossword, map and following directions pages from Amelia Earhart FREE unit study.

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Videos about Amelia Earhart

This short video will give your children a good introduction to Amelia Earhart. (Approx. 5 min.)

Your children can research more about Amelia Earhart at

For a longer documentary about Amelia Earhart, check out the American Experience episode about her.

For moms: History Chicks Podcast does a great job of deep diving into biographies of historic women.  Here is their episode on Amelia Earhart, which fills in a lot more details of her life. (Note: These episodes are for adults.)

Other Famous Aviators

Charles Lindbergh was another famous aviator of Amelia Earhart’s time and served as an inspiration to her.  Here is a short biography of him.  (5 min.)

Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with making the first successful manned flight of a heavier-than-air craft under its own power. Less than 20 years later, Amelia would begin flying.

See if you can find an airing of Breaking Through the Clouds, The First Women’s National Air Derby, on PBS or rent the movie here.

Learn about Flight

Humans tried to fly for centuries before becoming successful.  It still seems like a miracle to many that heavy airplanes stay in the sky!  Have a physics lesson by watching the videos below and then designing your own airplanes!

Here is a short video that explains how a plane is able to stay up in the air and moving. (3 min.):

If your children want a more technical explanation of how modern planes work, check out this video. (6 min.):


Now try airplane design yourself!  This video guides you through building paper airplanes with your own supplies using the principles you learned above.

Or you can buy a paper airplane kit:

Paper Airplane Kit
  • Airplanes UFOs Space Shuttles Spaceships
  • Hardcover Book
  • Publications International Ltd. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 08/15/2016 (Publication Date) - Publications International, Ltd. (Publisher)

Another fun activity is to experiment with these gliders:

Zwish 2 Pack 17.5" Airplane Toys, Boy Toys, 2 Flight Mode Foam Glider Plane for Kids, Family Yard Game Flying Toys, Birthday Gifts for 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old Boys Girls Kids Toddlers Party Favor
  • 2 FLIGHT MODE --- Glider mode and loop mode. There are two holes in the plane's tail. Insert the small wing to the below hole, the plane will fly in glider mode. Insert small wing to the upper hole, Plane will fly in reversal mode. Interesting glider planes. And it’s easy to assemble for kids. Fun family toy for kids boys girls or the whole family.
  • INTERESTING OUTDOOR TOYS, GOOD FOR KIDS' HEALTH --- Outdoor sports are good for children' health. Give your little ones a chance for flying these glider plane, they will get away from computer, TV, play with them outside or in your yard for hours. Kids will learn how to launch and control the airplane toys during playing, help them develop coordination, critical thinking skills with a practical way, also improve their hand-eye combination, observation, coordination, sense of direction.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIAL, EASY TO ASSEMBLE --- These airplane toys for kids made of EPP high-polymer safe material, light weight, good flexibility, impact resistance. Product tested safe for kids. Foam material glider plane will not harm your kids, even if the foam glider hits him/her during landing. Easy to assemble - Don't need a battery, just insert the wing and tail to the right place, you will be allowed to enjoy the flying game immediately.
  • FOR ALL AGE --- Not only for kids, the whole family can enjoy the happy hours in open area such as backyard, sand beach, grasslands, yard, front door, park and other places. Helps promote parent-child relationships. 2 pieces foam inertia airplanes included, allow children race together or start a family game. Which will encourage your kids to share and negotiate, let them learn about friendly competition while playing.
  • BEST GIFT CHOICE --- Best outdoor toy gift to plane lover, perfect for aviation and airplane theme parties. Also this will be a cool foam airplane for kids, when they are in family picnics, BBQ party, air-show, school party, or just as a decoration for kids' room. Also you can use these glider planes as prizes or good behavior rewards at home. Best birthday Christmas gift for 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 year old boys kids girls.

Women’s Rights Movement

Amelia Earhart encouraged women to take on new roles that were not traditional for women.  She even kept a scrapbook throughout her life of a variety of women who accomplished non-traditional female achievements.  Here is a recording of a speech she gave about how science had benefited women in her lifetime. (4 min.)

Amelia Earhart was 23 when women gained the right to vote.  Here is more information on how women won this right.  This had a big influence on how Amelia viewed her role in society. (5 min.)

To learn more about the Women’s Rights Movement:

What Is the Women's Rights Movement? (What Was?)
  • Hopkinson, Deborah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/16/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Or check out these Who Was… books about women in history!

Have you used any other fun resources to learn about Amelia Earhart?  Let us know!

Other Resources

Great books about Amelia Earhart for younger children:

I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Meltzer, Brad (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 01/14/2014 (Publication Date) - Rocky Pond Books (Publisher)
Amelia Earhart (Volume 3) (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 3)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Sanchez Vegara, Maria Isabel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/09/2016 (Publication Date) - Frances Lincoln Children's Books (Publisher)
National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart (Readers Bios)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Gilpin, Caroline Crosson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/06/2013 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Kids (Publisher)

Great coloring book:

Famous Women Aviators Coloring Book (Dover World History Coloring Books)
  • LaFontaine, Bruce (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 08/21/2013 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

For the adults to broaden their knowledge:

Fly Girls
  • Book - fly girls: how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history
  • Language: english
  • Binding: paperback
  • O'Brien, Keith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

More Women’s History:

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Tina Gladbach

    This unit study would compliment a trip to Atchinson, Kansas! December 16, 17, and 18 the parks and museums relating to Amelia Earhart in her hometown of Atkinson were shared on Learning with Parks.

    1. Randi Smith

      Thanks for sharing!

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