This lesson plan empowers students to solve problems just like Isabel does in finding a way to get a balloon for graduation. It includes a guided reading lesson, discussion questions that focus on story structure and problem solving, and three optional extension activities for independent learning. There are also 2 worksheets included for use with the extension activities. It is targeted to 2nd grade Common Core, but applicable to 3rd and 4th grade, especially for the extension activities. A Balloon for Isabel (by Deborah Underwood) is a delightful picture book and allows students to connect with ways they too can problem solve.
by Lisa Connors