Hot Air Balloon Launch
Focus Question: How can we work together to build a working hot air balloon using math and science?
Project Description: Ms.Chris's 3rd grade, Ms. Holly's Elementary Flex class, and Ms.Nicole's 5th grade scholars all worked collaboratively together on this project that encouraged them to work as a team. First, they read and learned a lot about the first hot air balloons. They began designing and building these balloons with tissue paper, card stock and glue. They had to be super careful to not allow any spaces in the tissue paper to let air out, and they spent time discussing air pressure, and why hot air rises. They integrated math by measuring angles and literacy by interpreting technical directions and diagrams. This project pushed scholars to apply scientific and engineering practices such as testing, and revising multiple iterations of their work.
Standards: 4.MD.6, RI.5.3
Teacher Reflection: "This project helped us learn the value of teamwork and working diligently to accomplish a goal. Although our balloons in third grade did not fly, we learned that science doesn't always work the way we want, but the prcess is fun! We celebrated with those who were successful in flying their balloons. We had wonderful conversations about scientists whose first attempts had failed but kept going." -Ms.Chris