Area 51 near Las Vegas, NV has been the subject of speculation for many years that the remains of an alien crew from a crashed spacecraft are hidden there. Rumors were rampant in the 1940s that a UFO crashed near Roswell, NM. The Air Force reported that a weather balloon went down at the alleged crash site and there was nothing to the rumors of a downed UFO and its occupants.
This lesson tasks students to sneak into Area 51, make their way into a guarded hangar, and report on what they find there.
This is the subject of a creative writing exercise, that also combines art and some basic math skills as found in teacher notes on page 2.
The procedure for obtaining official aviation charts from the New Mexico Aeronautics Division is mentioned. This chart is the only chart in the United States that has a UFO symbol upon it.
Research into the historical context of the Roswell event can be undertaken by students and reported to their classmates.