Hot Air Ballooning
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Designed by
Michelle Chacon
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Introduction | Content Areas and Standards | Overview | Implementation | Resources | Entry Skills | Evaluation


Introduction

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.

Curriculum Standards
This lesson meets the following New Mexico Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards in Language Arts, Art, and Science, K-4th.

Language Arts

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.

Art
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.

Science

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.

Implementation Overview

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 Mache Balloon
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 paper model
Teacher will help students make the second model of a balloon.

Day 8 - Field trip orVirtual Ride
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 for Exam
Teacher will review for the exam.

Day 12 - Exam
Teacher will administer exam.

Web Site Resources

Ballooning:         Balloon Zone http://www.balloonzone.com
                       Launch.Net http://www.launch.net
                          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.

Evaluation

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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