Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"

Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
Book Activities for "Balloons Over Broadway"
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5 MB|81 pages
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This is a fabulous story and a beautiful book with a slice of true and unique American history. Learn about the work of Tony Sarg, who played for a living, told by Melissa Sweet (Caldecott Honor Artist).

About This Book

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Written and Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Age Level: 4 – 8
Grade Level: P – 3
Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.

Awards and Honors
2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Winner 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
2012 Cook Prize honoring the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book
2012 The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
2012 Jefferson Cup Award: Virginia Library Association 2012 ALA Notable Book
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing

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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.

Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.

This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
Four partially completed vocabulary maps to get students started
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word scramble with answer key
Word shapes with answer key
Missing letters with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Word search for students to complete and give to classmates
Design and write a postcard
Three most important events
A-B-C words in book
Biography poem form
Face foldable (can print back to back and have students decorate with words and/or descriptions
Comprehension questions with answer key
Questions for writing or discussion (Deeper questions)
Library/Media connections
Cause and effect with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and writing sheet
Sequence seven events with answer key and writing sheet
Proofreading with answer key
Nonfiction features with answer key
Looking at the title page with answer key
List and describe the steps that tell how Tony made his chicken feed with answer key
Biography summarizer with answer key
Marking text with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Venn diagram
Board Game with Game Cards and directions

Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942, Puppeteers—United States—Biography, Thanksgiving Day—New York (State)—New York—History, Parades—New York (State_ New York—History, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles

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81 pages
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