Ballooning across the curriculum
Reckamp, Laura Lee
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Motivation and interest are important factors in a student's ability to learn and retain information; this cross-curricular unit on hot air balloons not only motivates students to learn more, it also stimulates their interest and excitement. The hot air balloon is a fascinating topic for most people, adults and children alike; therefore it is an excellent topic to design a unit around. This unit is designed for the third or fourth grade classroom, but it can easily be adapted and used in any elementary setting. Each lesson in the unit is designed to include more than one discipline, and the unit as a whole is designed to include a wide variety of disciplines including: language arts, math, social studies, art, and physical education. This thesis is primarily a creative work based on firsthand experience in the field of hot air ballooning and the field of education. Each discipline was considered as it related to the hot air balloon, and reasonable objectives were developed. Once the lessons were designed and written, the project was field tested in the classroom where it was very well accepted. This unit was very successful in its goal of motivating and exciting the students as well as the teachers.