Our latest row was The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen. Amazon's synopsis of it reads, "Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this stunningly illustrated book depicts Louis Bleriot's historic first cross-Channel flight." Maggie thoroughly enjoyed it, finding Bleriot's many aviation attempts (with pictures to match) downright funny.
We talked about the geography of this book first, using DK's Children's World Atlas by Dr. Kathleen Baker to map the English Channel (page 51).
Using the English Channel printables found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/glorious_flight.php, Maggie mapped the Channel and colored the two countries it borders (England and France).
In the book, which takes place mostly in France, there is this illustration of a French woman with her baguette ...
... so, of course, we had to have a baguette to snack on!
After studying the beautiful artwork in this book (it received the Caldecott Medal) we talked about viewpoint and perspective, as a few of the illustrations in this book are painted from different viewpoints. I challenged Maggie to draw a picture from an aerial viewpoint. This is her picture, of a town far below, and a bird friend just beneath her.
I then challenged her to write her age in Roman numerals on this index card.
We found two more activities online at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/glorious_flight.php. For the first, Maggie wrote the hours of this clock in Roman numerals (the printout is at that same site), then drew in the hands to read 4:35, the time that Bleriot departed France for England.
After the two videos, we put together the model airplane we found at http://www.thetoymaker.com/Toypages/40BiPlane/40Biplane.html. (Follow that link to download the template below.)
We then watched the short clip showing actual video footage from the day of his voyage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjJZLUvSw08 (below). That was neat, too.
Then, using the picture of the plane at http://www.parents.com/fun/arts-
crafts/kid/simple-wood-crafts/?page=4, we fashioned a model airplane using a clothespin, three Popsicle sticks, and glue.