Air Pressure

Investigate what is pushing on us. An intriguing lesson has pupils calculate the amount of force on various squares due to air pressure. Using the data, individuals create a graph in the third lesson 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

  • Includes answers for the handout and questions from the lesson
  • Contains suggestions for extensions

  • None
Common Core