Up, Up, and Away! Hot Air Balloons
Elizabeth Monroe: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: One to two class periods
Human fascination with being air-borne can be documented back to the ancient Greeks. But it was the year of Elizabeth Monroe’s 14th birthday that the technology was developed to allow the creation and flight of the first hot air balloon. The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Etienne, were the 18th century equivalent of Charles Lindbergh. This exciting activity developed within the span of Elizabeth Monroe’s life, and it's popularity has extended into the 21st century!
Books: Dennisten, George. The Joy of Ballooning. Lenssen, Ann. A Rainbow Balloon. Spindler, Alisa. Hot Air Balloons.
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Credits: This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.