On August 6th, Chinese high-wire artist Saimaiti Aishan earned himself a fourth Guinness World Record when he walked a distance of 15 feet on a tightrope that was attached precariously to two hot air balloons suspended 100 feet above the ground.
Kids News - Balloon Articles
On Saturday, June 4th, a nine year old Albuquerque boy navigated a 26-minute hot-air balloon flight solo, earning himself the title of the world's youngest hot air balloon pilot.
North Carolina resident Jonathan Trappe made history in May, when he became the first cluster balloonist to fly across the English Channel. On November 19th, the daredevil was back at it, this time conquering the skies of Mexico, in celebration of its bicentennial independence anniversary from Spain.
Common Core Resources
Stolen into Slavery is the powerful, true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was kidnapped and sold into bondage where he worked for 12 years as a slave. Now an Oscar-winning film, Stolen into Slavery is an adaptation of Northup’s autobiography for younger readers. National Geographic has created a 12 page discussion guide for talking to young readers about this book.
For Grades 6-8
Kent Couch is an experienced aviator who has made several trips over the beautiful plains of Oregon and all the way into Central Idaho sitting comfortably on his helium balloon propelled lawn chair. On July 24th, the 50-year old thrill-seeker decided to it once more - this time, with his pal, 59-year old, John Fries.
Most Americans celebrate July 4th by relaxing on their lawn chairs and eating hot dogs - not Kent Couch. For the last three years, he has spent the day preparing to 'take off' in his lawn chair, with the help of 150 helium-filled balloons, in his quest to fly 230 miles, from Central Oregon to Idaho.