This lighthearted, heartwarming Cold War reading activity and worksheet tells of American Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen who flew supplies over Germany during the famous Berlin Airlift of 1948.
After the Soviet Union cut off Berlin from West Germany, the US plan to fly in supplies rather than break the blockade famously embarrassed the Soviet Union. This tension eventually led to the building of the Berlin Wall.
During his flights, Halvorsen would drop candy out of his plane to the children of Berlin, earning him the nickname "Uncle Wiggle Wings the Candy Bomber".
This resource includes the 1-page story of Uncle Wiggle Wings, featuring details on the Berlin Airlift, Allied Powers, President Truman, Stalin, and more. Following the reading is a set of Common Core aligned reading questions. My students really enjoyed this story and were able to relate very well to the children of Berlin. Just the title of the story had them laughing and anxious to read it!
An answer key is included for your convenience.
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