This is how I am using "Balloons Over Broadway" in our speech room:
- The tier 2 vocabulary is rich and robust. You'll find words like jostle, articulate, marionette, shimmy, sallied, flounce, rigged.
- Making predictions: as the subject of the story tinkers with how to offer a parade for the generations my students offered their suggestions.
- Problem solving: creative geniuses often run into problems or potential problems. Balloons Over Broadway allowed my students to help Mr. Sarg solve his problems.
- Executive functions: After reading the book together, I asked students to work together to design and create their own rod puppets. They aren't finished yet, but I will post a picture on Instagram when they are complete!
- Balloons Over Broadway fits nicely with Social Studies as the impetus for the parade was to help Macy's employees, many of whom were immigrants, feel more at home in America, as they were longing for their traditions.
- Comparisons: We watched a video on YouTube of the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and compared with the original parade from 1924.
- Science: I never thought about where helium comes from and recently learned in a science class that it is found in underground rock formations. Helium is also a by-product of drilling and processing natural gas. The United States even has a Federal Helium Reserve! Who knew?
- Writing: Using the Expanding Expression Tool by Sara L. Smith, students can summarize the book. I have a poster with descriptions of the beads on Teacher Pay Teachers. You can grab it for free by clicking HERE