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Here is how a selection of these activities could become a week-long unit of study in a kindergarten classroom.
*Although our Balloon Rockets activity is designed for older students, it can be enjoyed by kindergarteners as well. It can be kept as a demonstration, or each student can launch their own "rocket" in pairs or groups, with an adult helper, if possible. The trickiest part will be blowing up the balloons and holding them shut while transferring them to the straw and string. Decide what's best for your group of students. With a larger class, it may be more feasible to demonstrate the Balloon Rocket (perhaps a few times, or have two "race" each other) and then explore the Rocket Builder activity in separate stations or all together.
Definitions for kindergarteners:
air - The invisible stuff in the sky and all around us that we breathe.
wind - Fast-moving air. We can feel wind and see how it moves things around us.
force - Any action that makes things move, i.e. throwing, pushing, kicking, blowing, etc.
gas - A special type of air; the air is a mixture of different gases. Helium is a gas that makes balloons rise (and makes your voice sound funny!).
tornado - A "tower" of wind that spins around very fast in a circle. A tornado is a type of storm that usually comes from a hurricane.
hurricane - A large windstorm that usually lasts longer than the tornadoes it can form.
gravity - The force of Earth pulling us and other things to the ground. It's what keeps us on the ground and what makes things drop.
water vapour - Water that has turned into air.
weather vane - A tool people use to tell which way the wind is blowing.
Science World Resources
(for older students, but include activities appropriate or adaptable for kindergarteners):
Science World Resources | Full lesson & activities | Air
Science World Resources | Full lesson & activities | Flight
Science World Resources | Full lesson & activities | Rockets
Parenting Science | Preschool Science Activities | How to nurture your child's interest in the natural world, Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.
How Stuff Works | Aviation Activities for Kids | String Rocket Races
Science Bob | Experiments | Make a Balloon Rocket
BC Kites | Contact Us
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | How Things Fly | Forces of Flight
First School: Preschool Activities & Crafts | Aviation | Letter 'A' Airplane Online Jigsaw Puzzle
PBS Kids Go! | DragonflyTV | Matter and Motion | Paragliding
How Stuff Works | Aviation Activities for Kids | Stable Airplane Mobile
How Stuff Works | Aviation Activities for Kids | Up, Up, and Away Rally
Science Kids NZ | Space Videos | Space Shuttle Launch
Hurricanes: Science and Society | Hurricane Hazards and Impacts | Tornadoes
The Three Little Pigs
I Face the Wind, Vicki Cobb
Air: Outside, Inside, and All Around, Darlene R. Stille
Let's Try it Out: In the Air, Seymour Simon & Nicole Fauteux
Bear Facts #5: Air, David Bennett
Bookworms, Earth Matters: Air, Dana Meachen Rau
Millicent and the Wind, Robert Munsch
The Wind Blew, Pat Hutchins
Feel the Wind, Arthur Dorros
Gilberto and the Wind, Marie Ets
Mirandy and Brother Wind, Patricia McKissack
The Emperor and the Kite, Jane Yolen
Angela's Airplane, Robert Munsch
Air and Space, Corkey Hay DeSimone
How Does it Fly? Hot Air Balloon, Nancy Robinson Masters
Air and Flight (It's Science!), Sally Hewitt
If You Decide to Go to the Moon, Faith McNulty
Amelia Earhart, Jane Sutcliffe
Curious George Flies a Kite, Margret & H.A. Rey
Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon, Margret & H.A. Rey
Kite Riders! (Team Umizoomi), Jason Fruchter
The Berenstein Bears: We Like Kites, Stan & Jan Berenstein
A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle
Dinosoaring, Deb Lund
My First Adventures: My First Trip on an Airplane, Katie Kawa
Buzz Beaker and the Outer Space Trip, Cari Meister
Time Goes By: A Day at an Airport, Sarah Harrison
First Look at Aircraft, Laura Gates Galvin
Violet the Pilot, Steve Breen
The World's Greatest Paper Airplane and Toy Book, Keith Laux
Amazing Airplanes, Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Choppers!, Susan E. Goodman
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport, Richard Scarry
Machines at Work: Airplane, Big Book of Airplanes, Eyewitness: Flight, Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Science Play!: Beginning Discoveries for 2-to 6-Year-Olds, Jil Frankel Hauser
A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder (89 Activities for Children Ages 3-7), William C. Ritz
The Preschool Scientist, Robert E. Rockwell et al.