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Have a classroom Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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!

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

Material List:

-Balloons

-Tape

-Glue

-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.

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