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The Launch

March 4th, 2009 2 comments

I’ve been teaching about “States of Matter” recently in our 1st grade science curriculum.  So, today we learned a bit more about gases, more specifically about hot and cold gases.  Since Albuquerque is famous for the balloon fiesta, what better way to learn about hot air then by launching our very own hot air balloon?

Each of the 1st graders helped make and decorate the balloon, as well as helped me tape it together.  Once it was ready to go, we brought it outside, and filled it up with hot air:

Filling with Hot Air

It didn’t go very high, but at least it did go up for a little while:

Floating Away

We ended up “launching” two balloons, the one we made, and another slightly smaller one that was already made in the kit I used for this lesson.  Got the kit from work – cool stuff :)

Colorful Balloon

The kids had fun chasing after this one after we let it loose.  This had to be one of the more exciting lessons this year:

The Chase

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