Balloon in a Bottle

This neat trick is easy to do and serves as a great introduction to a discussion about air pressure.

Grades covered: 4 through 8
Curriculum Topics: Air Pressure, Gas, Pressure


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. [Examples: the influence of the ocean, of the atmosphere; & of mountain ranges] ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Earth and Space Science||Earth’s Systems |||Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. [ Examples: adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, & evaporating salt water.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions|||Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions

California Standards (Click to View)

1.g. Properties of solid, liquid, and gaseous substances, such as sugar (C6H12O6), water (H2O), helium (He), oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), and carbon dioxide (CO2).||CA Science||Grade 5||01. Physical Sciences||1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.|||4.e. The Earth’s atmosphere exerts a pressure that decreases with distance above the Earth’s surface, and is the same in all directions.||CA Science||Grade 5||03. Earth Sciences||4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.

Categories include:
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Matter, Earth Systems
Subjects covered: ["Earth\/Space Science","Physical Science"]