Introduction | Content Areas and Standards | Overview | Implementation | Resources | Entry Skills | Evaluation
This lesson began as a project to use when my students attended the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. Several teachers at different grades attend the rally with their students. At the rally the students view how a hot air balloon is inflated. They also take a tether ride on a balloon. Finally they watch the balloon deflate and put away. This lesson was developed for use with my 4th grade class.
This lesson provides the students with an understanding of how hot air
balloons are designed, tested, and the parts of a balloon. Hands
on activities have been incorporated to extend and reinforce the concepts.
The students will make two models of hot air balloons. There are
also color pages, frequently asked questions on ballooning, a virtual balloon
ride, a worksheet on the parts of a hot air balloon, and an exam.
Content Area and Grade Level
This lesson is a science lesson that also incorporates other content areas such as art and language arts. The target population for the activities is 1st-4th, but many of the activities included in this lesson can easily be extended to other grade levels.
This lesson meets the following New Mexico Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards in Language Arts, Art, and Science, K-4th.
Content Standard 2 – Students will listen and read for a variety of purposes.
Benchmark – Students will acquire vocabulary though listing, reading, observing and interacting with others
Content Standard 10 – Students will use state-of-the-art computer and other technology to gather, use and synthesize information, and to create and communicate knowledge.
Benchmark – Student will identify a variety of resources as learning tools, use available technology to locate information, and use appropriate software and computer skills to support writing and communication.
Content Standard 3 – Integrate understanding of visual art by seeking connections and parallels among art disciplines as well as all other content areas.
Benchmark – Visual Art – identify and apply connections between the visual art and other disciplines in the local curriculum.
Content Standard 2 – Students will use evidence, models, and explanations to explore the physical world.
Benchmark – Students will use evidence to understand interactions that
allow prediction of changes in natural and artificial systems, describe
different terms, and recognize models as representations of real
objects, and events, and explain how the models work.
Day 1 - Parts
of a Balloon
The teacher will go over the parts of the balloon with students. ***Note you must press the back button to return to this web site.***
Day 2 –Frequently
Asked Questions and Glossary
The teacher will go over the frequently asked questions and glossary with students.
Day 3 - Paper
Teacher will help students make first model of a Hot Air Balloon.
Day 4 - Hot
and Water Experiment
Teacher will help students with density experiments.
Day 5 - Decorate
Paper Mache Balloon
Teacher will help students decorate their balloons.
Day 6 - Float
and Sink Experiment
Teacher will help students with buoyancy experiment.
Day 7 - Recycled
Teacher will help students make the second model of a balloon.
Day 8 - Field trip orVirtual
Teacher will take students to a balloon rallyor on a virtual ride on the internet..
***Note you must press the back button to return to this web site.***
Day 9 - Write Story
Teacher will help students proofread stories.
Day 10 - Publish Story
Teacher will help students publish story.
Day 11 – Review
Teacher will review for the exam.
Day 12 - Exam
Teacher will administer exam.
Web Site Resources
Parts of the balloon http://pw2.netcom.com/~airhead/parts.htm
Cyber balloon ride http://www.hot-airballoons.com/cybride.html
Balloon Picture Gallery http://www.ballooning.net/morepics.htm
Links of balloon sites #1http://web2.airmail.net/markpowl/balloon.html#records
Links of balloon sites #2 http://www.special-events.com/lsballoon/other/other.htm
Quick time VR 3D panorama http://www.ptgd.com/bloon.html
Junior Balloonist Page http://www.stlmo.com/skyangel/junior.htm
Entry Level Skills and Knowledge
Students and teacher will not need to have prior knowledge of ballooning to complete activities.
Students will be able to label the parts of a hot air balloon. Students will be able to describe the force of buoyancy.
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Last updated May 3, 1999.
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