Title of Lesson:

Hot Air Balloon Launch


After studying the concept of density we did a fun cumulative activity by making and launching hot air balloons.

Time Frame:

About 3 class periods to make balloons out of tissue paper and 1 class period to launch the hot air balloons.

Student Artifacts:



Reflect on the experience with specific details about the instructional outcome, pedagogy, tool effectiveness, and student engagement. Include any student feedback about the activity.
See handout/relfection piece in resources.


Tuning: How does your project address the following?:

  • What areas of the learner profile were addressed?

  • solve real world problems

  • produce

  • open access for all students

  • equal distribution of work

  • exhibit passion

  • question the status quo, follow a line of thinking...

  • collaboration
  • communication