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Flight School Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Flight School will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of goal setting, this Flight School picture book by Lita Judge is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Flight School Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Flight School. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Flight School reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

FLIGHT SCHOOL SUMMARY

Penguin arrived at flight school excited to finally accomplish his dream of learning to fly. Despite his teacher, Flamingo, and her confusion to see a penguin in flight school, he joined the class anyway. Penguin went through all of the lessons with his classmates and it was finally time for their first flight. When it was his turn though, Penguin didn’t soar into the air like the others. Instead, he fell right into the ocean. Discouraged, Penguin decided it was time for him to go home.

As he was leaving, Flamingo called him back and had a plan. She allowed Penguin to experience flying by pulling him behind her. Although Penguin fell out of the air during flight, he was thrilled he finally accomplished his goal of soaring through the air. Soon after, Penguin returned to flight school with his friend Ostrich, who wanted to learn to fly too!

FLIGHT SCHOOL LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Flight School, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Flight School reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • making inferences
  • summarizing and retelling
  • plot (problem and solution)
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • goal setting

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • articles
  • nouns
  • irregular
  • verbs

FLIGHT SCHOOL  ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Flight School book companion
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Flight School writing activity

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Flight School?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD490L
  • Guided Reading Level: M-N
  • DRA Level: 20-24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6-2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Lita Judge. It was illustrated by Lita Judge.

What genre is Flight School?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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