Johnny Moore and the Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

From the Series History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Before December 1903, flying in the air was just a dream for most people. That year, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright went to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They were determined to make history with their motorized flying machine. Young Johnny Moore was one of the few people who believed in them. As a crowd gathered on the stormy beach, Johnny helped the brothers prepare for flight. He also wondered: would the Wrights succeed?

In the back of this book, you’ll find a script and instructions for putting on a reader’s theater performance of this adventure. At our companion website——you can download additional copies of the script plus sound effects, background images, and more ideas that will help make your reader’s theater performance a success.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.5
Text Type Fiction—Historical
Dewey 973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10.25
Lexile 530
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142470
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Pronunciation guide, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Illustrator: Doug Bowles

Doug Bowles is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He has been a freelance artist for 19 years and has produced a wide range of advertising, corporate, and editorial projects in addition to his illustrations for children's books. Doug lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife and two children.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

Bring to life important stories from U.S. history with the History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader’s Theater. These books bring together illustrated picture books with reader’s theater scripts for students to practice fluency. In the back of each book, you’ll… View available downloads →