The Magic Balloon by: Richard Konicek-Moran

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For this story, the main purpose is to explore the relationship between temperature and pressure of gases but it may spill over into the concepts of floating and density in older children. It also asks questions about gas being a form of matter that has mass and takes up space. Basically, it revolves around a law developed by French chemist/physicist Jacques Charles in 1787 now known as Charles’ Law. This free selection takes a look at how Charles’ Law explains various mysteries concerning balloons and objects that float in the air. It includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Introduction, and Index.

  • Elementary
  • Middle
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  • on Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:26 PM

This would be engaging for most students. It teaches/reviews while being fun!

Steve  (St. Johns, FL)
Steve (St. Johns, FL)

  • on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:26 PM

This story is similar to one I tell my students as we discuss the effect of heat on volume (Charles Law) and, like the story, I generally go to the store and buy a helium balloon for my students to investigate in cold and warmth. If you have never done this, the author clearly explains how to teach this lesson and why it is important to teach! Two thumbs up!

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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