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Balloons Over Broadway Distance Learning

Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
Formats Included
  • Zip
42 pages
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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is a picture book biography telling the true story of the puppeteer of the Macy's Parade, Tony Sarg. This picture book companion contains comprehension questions, vocabulary cards, graphic organizers, and a balloon watching kid craft to use with this text. These activities can be used in a small group setting or with your entire class.

When you download this .zip file, you will find three resources:

  • Original File - this is a printable packet for students with teacher answer keys
  • Google Slides Link - copy and assign the student pages in Google Classroom
  • Student PDF - this is a fillable PDF that students can type directly onto

File Contents

Pg. 1 Cover

Pg. 2 Table of Contents

Pg. 3 Book Summary

Pg. 4 Reading Response Journal Cover
Pg. 5 Meet Tony Sarg (character web)

Pg. 6-7 Comprehension Question Cards (color, B/W)

Pg. 8-9 Comprehension Questions (written responses)

Pg. 10-17 Vocabulary Cards with Definitions (color, B/W)

Pg. 18 Vocabulary Match-Up

Pg. 19 Vocabulary Fill-in-the-Blanks

Pg. 20 3-2-1 Learning (graphic organizer)

Pg. 21 Read All About It! (graphic organizer)

Pg. 22-23 Balloon Design (draw and write activity)

Pg. 24-26 Balloon Watching Kid Craft Directions with Photo Examples

Pg. 27-32 Balloon Watching Kid Craft Templates

Pg. 33-36 Writing Templates

Pg. 37-41 Answer Keys

Pg. 42 Credits

You can read more about this book companion in this blog post.

Please Note: You will need access to the book Balloons Over Broadway to use this resource. This book is not included with this download. I suggest you see if this book is available to check out in your school or public library.


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Total Pages
42 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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