Hot Air Balloons  

Links, history, models

Air Travelers from OMSI
    http://www.omsi.edu/exhibits/air/act/

    
Plans and activities (bonus activity) from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
     http://www.omsi.edu/exhibits/air/act/balloon.pdf

Hot Air Balloons, History and More from the Exploratorium
   
http://www.exploratorium.edu/lc/balloons/

Balloons from Eduscapes - lots of sites, vocabulary, hints
      http://eduscapes.com/42explore/balloon.htm

Balloon Vocabulary and Anatomy from More Than Just Hot Air
   
http://www.ummbf.com/MTJHA/03.%20Balloon%20Terminology.pdf

    
Balloon coloring sheets - http://www.ummbf.com/MTJHA/14.%20Balloon%20Coloring%20Sheets.pdf

Flights of Inspiration from Franklin Institute
    http://www.fi.edu/flights/

History - Flight to Reality - http://wings.avkids.com/Book/History/instructor/index.html

Hot Air Balloon Lessons - You're Going To Be An Aeronaut - many activities and worksheets
     http://www.successlink.org/GTI/lesson_unit-viewer.asp?lid=3383

Hot Air Balloon Webquest - Grade 4
       http://www.laplaza.org/about_lap/kellogg/taos/michelle/teacher.html

How Hot Air Balloons Work
     http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/hot-air-balloon6.htm

How Things Fly from the Smithsonian - 3 activities
     
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/how_things_fly/

Balloon Race Around the World from PBS
     http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/balloon/

Model Hot Air Balloons Theme Page from CLN
     http://www.cln.org/themes/hot_balloons.html

NASA Balloon Program Office - http://astrophysics.gsfc.nasa.gov/balloon/
                                   
http://www.csbf.nasa.gov/balloons.html

Overflite Balloon Ideas
     http://www.overflite.com/science.html

History of Ballooning - PBS and NOVA
     
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/balloon/science/history.html

Virtual Hot Air Balloon Ride - you don't have to leave your classroom - Dawn Treader
     http://hot-airballoons.com/cybride.html

Future of balloons - Aerobot from JPL
     
http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/systems/system.cfm?System=7

Aerobots from the University of Wales
     http://users.aber.ac.uk/dpb/aerobots.html

Full of Hot Air - activities to do at home
    
http://www.nasm.si.edu/education/pubs/full_of_hot_air.pdf
Civil War Ballooning -
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/civilwar/index.cfm


Activities to Try:

    
Hot Air Currents - http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/text/educators/activities/2001_2002/athome/hot_air.html
     Windy Wind -
http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/text/educators/activities/2001_2002/inclass/windy_wind.html

     Up, Up, and Away - http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/TRC/Aeronautics/Hot_Air_Balloon.html
     Balloons - http://42explore.com/balloon.htm


   Mrs. LeDuc's sites: 

Overflite - how to build and fly hot air balloons
Montgolfiers - "photos"

Balloons and Airships - a history -
http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aerojava/balloon2.htm
Ballooning links -
http://www.euronet.nl/users/jdewilde/

Pictures from Mrs. Abolins -
http://web.archive.org/web/20041014004305/http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/wyngatees/features/yr9899/balloon_ldgt_9899/
Science questions about hot air balloons from AIMS


    Plans for Making Hot Air Balloons:

1. Balloon Plans from The Balloon Explorium http://www.balloonexplorium.org/index.php?page=tissue-paper-balloons
     Tips and tricks -
http://www.balloonexplorium.org/uploads/documents/Basic_Tips_and_Tricks_for_Building_Paper_Models.pdf

2. Australian Hot Air Balloon directions -
      http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/science/famsci/activity/lateryr/earth/elyact2.htm

3. Hot Air Balloon made out of dry cleaner bag
      http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/TRC/Aeronautics/Hot_Air_Balloon.html
     

4. Hot Air Balloons from AIMS includes link to worksheet page
      http://web.archive.org/web/20041120084324/http://www.aimsedu.org/Activities/oldSamples/Balloon/balloon1.html

5. Balloon activities from JPL that explore earth, moon, Mars scale models
      http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/MarsSOI2012_Lesson2.pdf

6. Junior Balloonist Lesson Plan - http://juniorballoonist.com/lessonplan.pdf

7. Teacher Resources from the Exploratorium - http://www.exploratorium.edu/lc/balloons/resources.html

8. Hot Air Balloon activity from Lesson Plans Page -
     
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceExHotAirBalloonFloatsWhyMO68.htm

9. Make a hot air balloon
      
http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/tornact6.html

10. Lesson plan using The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr
     
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/2899

 The Great Round-the-World Balloon Race by Sue Scullard is an outstanding book to read aloud to your class.
 

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