Our family was just 'blown-away' (not literally) on the magnitude and beauty of it all. Needless to say, being a home schooler I was inspired to do a short unit study on Hot Air Balloons.
Because I want to keep this simple (for myself); this time I will be just compiling a list of amazing sites for us all to use and enjoy.
*NOVA /A Short History of Ballooning: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/short-history-of-ballooning.html [Do a time line with this information.]
*Home School Helper On-Line: http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/units/hot_air_balloon.shtm
*My First Balloon Ascent- Pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont recalls his initial exhilarating experience among the clouds. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/my-first-balloon-ascent.html
*Hot Air Balloons in the Civil War : http://www.floridareenactorsonline.com/baloons.htm
*PARTS OF THE BALLOON: http://www.eballoon.org/balloon/parts-of-the-balloon.html
--THE BASKET: A single Open basket, single T-partitioned basket,A double T-partitioned basket.
--THE ENVELOPE: SPECIALIST FABRIC TYPES, SPECIAL SHAPES
How Hot Air Balloon Works --> Lighter Than Air
First flight recorded in U.S.
Across the English Channel
http://www.oncoloring.com/hot-air-balloons-coloring-pages.html Variety of shapes to color.