Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion

Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Balloons Over Broadway Lesson Plan and Book Companion
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(6 MB|48 pages)
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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving read alouds! Designed for intermediate students, this comprehensive lesson plan is packed full of engaging opportunities for students to discuss Tony Sarg's life's work and unstoppable quest to create life-like moving balloons for the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade. This download is loaded with options to customize for the perfect-fit lesson for your class. A wide variety of book companion activities can be done at a time that works best for your students!

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to use text evidence to describe key events in Balloons Over Broadway.

Near the end of the text, the author says that Tony was a puppeteer who loved figuring out how to make things move. This idea defines Tony’s life’s work and is present throughout the text. Lesson questions will focus on analyzing the text and illustrations to prove this idea about Tony. An optional anchor chart is included to collect this evidence. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently: Using text evidence, explain how readers know Tony Sarg loved figuring out how to make things move. Several differentiated assessment options are included.

**Be sure to check out the preview of this lesson for a more in-depth look at what you’ll get with this 48-page download!!**

For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with skill rationale/teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, text-dependent questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.

Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question, student friendly objective, and questions to post for visual learners.

There are tons of extras and extensions to be used after the lesson for more fun and learning!

  • 5 colorful vocabulary cards and 4 blank cards
  • Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues
  • Vocabulary activity options and photographs representing each word
  • Students think about Tony Sarg’s thoughts, actions, and traits to complete the character graphic organizer.
  • Students read the Author’s Note at the end of the story and explain how this helps them better understand Tony Sarg’s life and the author’s message.
  • Students use the information learned in the story (or may conduct further research) and complete the biography profile. This biography graphic organizer can be used with any biography!
  • Students sequence the five most important events from Tony Sarg’s life and place chronologically on the timeline. Then, students practice summarizing from beginning to end. Two differentiated options are available.
  • Students read an informational article about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then, students complete each of the four responses (main idea, vocabulary, relationship of ideas, and creating a text feature). Two differentiated articles are included.
  • Students build a favorite quote or saying that they believe in using letters from magazines or newspapers. Student can use Tony Sarg’s example from the beginning of the book as inspiration.
  • Students think about what they are thankful for and write in each of the Thanksgiving foods.

Interested in NONFICTION Thanksgiving articles?

Check out my Thanksgiving Differentiated Nonfiction Passages here!

Thank you for checking out this lesson plan! Please let me know if you have any questions before purchasing.

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Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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