Five In A Row Unit Study The Glorious Flight

Good morning  This week in our Five In A Row Unit Study The Glorious Flight. Charlie  is thoroughly loving this unit, as he is able to learn all about airplanes and the history of flight

The Glorious Flight 

Illustrator: Alice and Martin Provenson

The Glorious Flight tells the story about Louis Bleriot who, with great persistence and passion, built a flying machine to become one of the first to fly across a large body of water, the English Channel.

Before we begin our Lesson for today Please take the time to read The Glorious Flight with your students.

Social Studies: Family Relations

Ask you student, “What can you tell me about Papa Blegriot’s (BlAIR-yo) family?

What kind of things do they do together as a family?

Give your student a piece of Manila Art Paper or Construction paper and have them divide the paper in half have them draw something they do with there family on onside. And on the other side draw some thing’s Papa Blegriots’ family does.

Now if you plan on using Five In A Row for your Classroom I would suggest you purchase the book as it offers different Social Study Lessons but this is what we chose to do in our Homeschool.


Experiment: Rising Paper

The paper is supposed to rise when you  blow across the top because “the air beneath pushes harder than the fast moving air above.”

Make a paper airplane and see how fly it flies.


Discuss with your students what a channel of water is: A narrow body of water joining two larger bodies of water and we identified several on the map.

Have them draw a Channel they would like to visit.

Look up France and England Maps and have them create them for there classroom.

Math:  Roman Numerals

Charlie didn’t know his Roman Numerals so we spent time learning them by discussing  each of Papa Bleriot’s machines’ names.

I had Charlie practice writing out the Planes Names and we had a test on them on Friday.

As you go grocery shopping this week do not forget to pick up some Snacks to serve during the lessons you are leaning. As Five In A Row has a cookbook that offers recipes to go with each story you will be reading.

In France people buy there bread fresh each day. Even the smallest town has its own bakery, called a boulangerie (pronounced: boo lon zhur EE) Note of interest: This tradition of buying or making fresh bread each day is what led to the invention of French Toast. There was a need to use of some of the old bread, so putting the stale pieces of bread in an egg and milk batter, frying it and serving it with powdered sugar became the yummy solution.)

Here is a Recipe to make French Bread and if you have some left over you could try and make some French Toast.

French Bread


5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 (1/4 oz.) pkgs. active dry yeast

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups very warm water

cornmeal 1 egg white

1 Tbs. water


In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Add 2 cups warm water., and beat with an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook on low to medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes total. Shape into a ball. Place dough in greased bowl and turn once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled.

Preaheat over to 375. Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cover let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into a “15×10″rectangle. Roll up, starting from a long side. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat the egg white 1 Tsp. water, and brush on. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until nearly doubled, 35-40 minutes.

With a very sharp knife (with a adults help), make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4” deep across top of each loaf. Bake for 20 minutes. Brush again with egg white mixture. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to pre-vent over browning. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.


About Food Basic French Toast Recipe also would be nice to make with the children. And if David is off this week I think Charlie and I will make it for David as he loves French Toast and it would be a nice surprise for David.

Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

The Glorious Flight

Louis Bleriot’s arrival in Dover after his flight across the English Channel from France to England

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