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Model Hot Air Balloons Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Hot Air Balloons. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.


Air Travelers
Student activities and ideas for teaching the basic principles of buoyancy, properties of gases, temperature, and the technology involved in hot air ballooning to upper elementary grades. In the Gallery section, you'll also find pictures/movies and a history page.

Balloon Race Around the World
This PBS/NOVA site documents the non-stop flight around the world by Bertran Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain March 20, 1999. Included are articles on the science of ballooning, its history, information on the atmosphere and the Jet Stream, as well as a teacher guide and resources.

Facts about Hot Air Balloons
A basic, one page, introduction to hot air balloons.

Hot Air Balloon
NASA Teacher's Resource Centre has this student activity in which an indoor hot air balloon is made out of a plastic film dry cleaner bag.

Make This: Hot Air Balloons
Instructions for making a hot air balloon from a dry cleaning bag.

Model Hot Air Balloons!
A site describing how to build many different model balloons.

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