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The Aeronauts Lesson for Upper Elementary: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge

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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Activity, Handout, Lesson Plan, Worksheet
Attributes
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

Check out The Aeronauts lesson for upper elementary for a fun way to engage your students in learning.

Overview: Engineering Design Challenge 

Using only the materials provided, student teams will design and create a hot air balloon that will lift off of the ground and ascend to a designated height. 

Learning Targets: 

  • Students will collaborate to achieve a common goal. 
  • Students will design and build a working model of a hot air balloon. 
  • Students will describe the properties of gases and how a hot air balloon works. 
  • Students will learn and implement the Engineering Design Process while creating a model of a hot air balloon. 

 Created by the AFT Science Cadre.

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Resources

Files

Aeronauts Upper Elem 6E_Outline copyedited.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Design Challenge Evaluate.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
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Design Portfolio for Hot Air Balloon.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
371.48 KB

EDP escape room directions.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
101.48 KB

EDP guiding question display.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
789.9 KB

EDP puzzle 2.docx

Activity
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366.25 KB

EDP puzzle 4.pdf

Activity
February 13, 2020
1.98 MB

EDP puzzle 5 cryptogram.pdf

Activity
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100.12 KB

EDP escape room directions.docx

Activity
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16.37 KB

puzzle 4 phone message.docx

Activity
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puzzle 3 edp.pdf

Activity
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puzzle 1 pdf.pdf

Activity
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EDP puzzle 6.docx

Activity
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EDP puzzle 7.docx

Activity
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EDP puzzle 2 post it.docx

Activity
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EDP puzzle 5 version 2.pdf

Worksheet
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100.33 KB

EDP puzzle 5 version 2.pdf

Activity
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100.33 KB
Videos
The Aeronauts - Official Trailer
Remote video URL
2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Highlights
Remote video URL
Hot Air Balloon - Preparation, Take Off and Flight How Do Hot Air Balloons Work? Balloon Fest
Remote video URL
Riding In a Hot Air Balloon Shaped Like a Pig… For SCIENCE
Remote video URL

Standards

Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
4.9
14 Reviews
The series of lessons can be used so many ways focusing on the science and/or the engineering. The variety of media and resources is relevant. The teacher hints allow access to background information and is easy to understand too.
m.grahamvecellio_2320601
December 03, 2019
This is an engaging and frankly, fun lesson that gets kids excited about STEM.
Tracy Lynn Jack M.Ed
December 02, 2019
OHHH MYYY GOSH! What is not great in this lesson! Absolutely easy to follow and tons of materials listed for the designing your own air balloon! Thank You!
Pleasantl.mann_1759219
December 02, 2019
Very thorough!
PanfaloneL
December 02, 2019
Very engaging. Opens up for students to utilize the engineering design process in multiple ways.
Geraldine Clark
December 02, 2019
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