Oh, You’re Full of Hot Air

Today’s Activities

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Hot Air Balloon Adventures

Read the short story titled Adventure on a Hot Air Balloon and answer the comprehension questions following. (The answers are at the end of the text to check your understanding.)

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Scientific Notation

Practice writing numbers in scientific notation.

* Answers

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How Hot Air Balloons Work

Now that you have learned about Hot Air Balloons, let’s take a look at the science behind how they work. Copy this document to explore scientific phenomena, learn about it, and explain it.

(You will need to be signed in to your school’s Google account.)

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History of Ballooning

On November 21, 1783 the first free flight carrying a human occurred in Paris, France in a hot air balloon made of paper and silk made by the Montgolfier brothers.

Learn more about the History of Ballooning from the National Balloon Museum, Iowa.

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Extend

Try these six dynamic P.E. activities. Do each for at least 60 seconds.

First, have your child do some warm-up stretches: 10-15 arm circles (front and backward), 15 jumping jacks, running in place for 30 seconds, 10 leg squats, 10 push-ups, and sit-ups then go to GoNoodle and have your child pick a couple of PE/Dance videos. 

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Virtual Field Trip

Take a virtual visit to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Be sure to click forward to see the colorful array of balloons.

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