Balloons Over Broadway Thanksgiving READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity + Digital Version

Grade Levels
1st - 5th, Homeschool
Standards
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  • Activity
Pages
29 pages
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Description

Have a classroom Thanksgiving Day Parade! INCLUDES DIGITAL VERSION FOR DISTANCE LEARNING!

Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving STEAM challenge in which students design their very own Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon! An excellent companion activity to the fall read aloud book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.

Not only do students design the balloon, but as an added challenge they must create a device to keep it floating in the air!

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

After the balloons are created, have a classroom Thanksgiving Day Parade and a contest to see who made the best balloon!

Included Extension Activity Ideas:

Included with this resource are two extension ideas to add technology to the challenge. The first one is to attach the balloon to a robot and code a parade path. The other extension activity is to use a green screen (Do Ink App) to video the parade balloons and add a photo of New York in the background.

Aligns with NGSS and Common Core.

Includes:

  • Teacher and Student Instructions
  • Student Planning Pages
  • Student Reflection Pages
  • STEAM Journal
  • Contest Voting Cards and Award
  • NGSS and Common Core Standards
  • Easel Activity Version for Distance Learning

Easel Activity:

This activity comes with Digital Version using TpT Digital with Google Classroom for Distance Learning.

Material List:

  • Balloons
  • Tape
  • Decorations Such as Ribbons or String
  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Markers
  • Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (recommended)

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ALIGNS TO NGSS

K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how

the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given 

problem.

K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on

how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the

problem.

3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-1
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-3
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

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