Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Wright Brothers, and supports students ’ understanding of the role perseverance plays in scientific innovation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


  • Display images of a Wright Brothers-style glider airplane, and a modern airplane.  Ask: What do you notice about each picture? How are the planes alike? How do they differ?


  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Gadgets,” “Real Life,” or “Trivia.”  Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: Apply

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a mini-documentary describing how the Wright Brothers responded to challenges they faced in developing the airplane. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies how the Wright Brothers used what they learned from others, and from their own attempts, to refine their airplane.
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag that represents the Wright Brothers’ experiences designing and building airplanes. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the Wright brothers.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did the Wright brothers respond to challenges they faced? 
  • Why do you think the Wright brothers were successful? 
  • How can you use what you learned from this story when faced with your own challenges?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Wright Brothers Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Continue analyzing the role of perseverance, as well as other social emotional skills like teamwork and communication, through BrainPOP’s Social Emotional Learning collection. 

Explore other STEAM topics, resources, and games with BrainPOP’s STEAM collection. 


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments