Air Pressure

Investigate what is pushing on us. An intriguing instructional activity has pupils calculate the amount of force on various squares due to air pressure. Using the data, individuals create a graph in the third instructional activity of the Up, Up and Away unit containing 22 lessons.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct a demonstration to show that air has weight
  • Lead a discussion on whether class members have been in an airplane and had their ears pop and why
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes the class knows how to calculate area
Pros
  • Includes answers for the handout and questions from the lesson
  • Contains suggestions for extensions
Cons
  • None
Common Core
NGSS