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My Favorite Balloons at the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

My Favorite Balloons at the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
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This activity was a huge hit in my media center! The kids loved going on a “Virtual Field Trip to New York City” to visit the Macy’s Day Parade! Students enjoyed locating information on the computer, and recording facts about balloons they find interesting. The activity works well during the month of November, and especially well with the Macy’s Day Parade website (see p. 2 of the pdf). The following three books also work will with this activity.
Milly and the Macy's Parade
by Shana Corey and Brett Helquist (Oct 1, 2006)
Macy's on Parade: A Pop-Up Celebration of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Pamela Pease (Oct 1, 2002)
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
by Melissa Sweet (Nov 1, 2011)
The completed activity can serve as an assessment, and as a spring board for locating information online for research. Students can be encouraged to write sentences to list their favorite balloons, such as “I liked the Hello Kitty balloon because….”. This activity can be used with 1st and 2nd grade students. The combination of the literature, and book discussion help students work towards as reinforcement for the following standards:
First Grade
Standard: ELACC1RF1
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Standard: ELACC1RF1
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Performance Standard: ELACC1W8
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Second Grade
Performance Standard: ELACC2RL1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Performance Standard: ELACC2RL5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Performance Standard: ELACC2RL7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Performance Standard: ELACC2W8
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
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