
Material Need: 3260 twisting balloons, ruler and a marker.
Working with 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and wholes.
This homeschool curriculum will help develop the students understand
of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and wholes. The final exercise uses 3260 balloons
to develop a 3 balloon flower.
 Inflate 1260 balloon and burp*, leaving ½ inch tail. Tie
the ½ tail to the nozzle of the balloon making a circle. Divide
the balloon into two equal segments. How many segments/balloons are
there? Write this as a fraction and as decimal.
 Using the balloon above. Take a segment and twist that in half. How
many ½ segments make up a whole segment?
 Take the second
segment and divide it in half. How many ½ segments
do you have all together? Using a marker and number each segment
one though four. Write each segment as a fraction. What is the decimal
value for each segment?

Twist segment one and two together. If segment
one and two are combined, who much of the balloon remains?
 Fold the balloon in half. So segment one and two lay on top of
segment three and four (figure a). Using two hands push
the twisted end together (figure b). While holding them
together twist the top half balloons in counter clockwise direction
one full revolution. (figure c) This will lock the
interesting balloon bubbles together.



Figure a 
Figure b 
Figure c 
 ake the balloon and fold it in half again, making the twist wrap
around the other section. This creates a plus sign. Name each
section in fractions and decimals.
 Where the two line cross is called ________________ section.
 Create
a second balloon like the first. Fold it in half, than half again
and twist together. How many segments does the second
balloon have?
 Take the two balloons that like plus signs
and twist the two intersections together. You have combined a
four segment balloon with another four segment balloon. How
many segments do you have?
 Write each segment name in faction on the
balloon segment.
 4/8 in really what fraction. How many balloon
is 4/8?
 Using the 8 segment balloon. If each segment is worth
$0.25 how much money would you have?
 Using a new balloon. Inflate and measure its length, rounding
to the nearest whole number. If the balloon is divided in ½ how
long is each section?
 If we assume the balloon is 60 inches long
and each segment or quarter is 15 inches long? How long is a ¾ of
a balloon?
 Using
the 8 segment balloon turn every other 1/8 balloon a quarter
turn.
* Burping: Releasing a small amount of air from a balloon after inflation
and before tying ... this softens the balloon and can makes it easier
to twist and easier to tie.
How to Create a Flower

Inflate a 260 balloon and burp the balloon to leave a 1/2
inch tail. Tie the tail to the nozzle creating a circle. Take
the balloon and fold it into four segments. Make a second balloon
like the first. Intersect the two balloons to create an eight
segment balloon flower. Take every other 1/8 segment and give
it a quarter twist.
Inflate a third balloon ¾ of the way. Find the ½ way
point. Find the ½ way point from the nozzle to the balloon
center. Twist these points together. Find the ½ way point
from the twisted center to the remaining balloon. Twist the new
created center to the ½ way point. This will create the
stem of the flower. Take the remaining balloon tail and
twist the tail into the intersection of the 1/8 and ¼ segment
so the 8 pedal flower. Wrap around one to two times to secure
stem to the flower

* Releasing
a small amount of air from a balloon after inflation and
before tying ... this softens the balloon and can make it
easier to twist and easier to tie.

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Caution: Balloons
are fun toys, but can be dangerous like all toys...PLEASE make sure small
children do not chew balloons or have access to broken bits. We would
like all our kids to grow healthy and happy. I ask you to be responsible
like professional balloonist. Adult supervision is recommended.
Twisting Tip: 
Carefully tie the balloon. When twisting a balloon,
always start at the end with the knot. Do not worry, it will not
break if you twist it, but you must hold on to both ends of the
balloon. Otherwise, the balloon will untwist. The balloon will
not stay twisted by itself. You have to twist the balloon together.

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