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    Balloons Over Broadway

    Balloons Over Broadway


    This resource was created by Melissa Smith, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

    Arts Integration Lesson Plan


    Lesson Title: Balloons Over Broadway
    Content Area: LiteratureFine Arts Area: Puppets
    Grade Level: 3Teacher:  Smith


    Standards and Alignment
    Content Area Standard:L.A. 3.V.1 Acquire and use grade level academic vocabulary appropriately.L.A. 3.SL.1 Prepare for and participate in structured discussions and collaborations about 3rd grade topics and texts.L.A. 3.RI.2 Explain the relationship between individuals, historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in a process.Fine Arts Standard:V.A. 8.2.1 Students will use the creative process to make works of art exploring subjects and themes with a variety of materials.
    Key Vocabulary:MarionettePulleyImmigrantsRod puppetArticulateGestureHeliumPrimary SourceMaterials List:
    • Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (or a video read aloud)
    • Turkey template
    • Various craft supplies to make puppets (popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, construction paper/cardstock, glue, googly eyes, paper bags, feathers, tape, etc)
    • Scissors
    • Videos of the Macy’s Parade
    • Computer and projector


    Lesson Delivery
    Read aloud Balloons Over Broadway and discuss. Discuss the vocabulary and the history of the parade. Discuss the artwork in the book - how it was made, what it looks like, etc.Show examples of various puppets and how you would use the materials to create puppets. Review the rules for using the different materials:
    • Markers - caps must be clicked on tight and put away in the proper place.
    • Glue - only use a small amount, make sure the lids are on tight and wipe up any accidental messes. Don’t take the whole lid off. Only work on one side of the puppet at a time until the glue has a chance to dry.
    • Paper - make sure all scraps go in the trash.
    • Scissors - carry them point down and use them safely.
    • Other craft supplies - only take what you need, return everything back to its proper place.
    • Make sure to lay your puppet out with the glue side up so that it can dry.
    • Make sure that all materials are returned to their proper place and all trash is thrown away.
    Extension activities:
    • Watch the YouTube videos to show historical footage of the Macy’s parade - you can also discuss primary sources with the students.
    • Have the students line up and parade to music with their puppets.


    Assessment and Reflection
    Content Assessment: Students will be able to define the vocabulary words. They will also participate in discussion of the book, including explaining Tony Sarg’s contributions to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.Arts Assessment: Students will be able to use a variety of materials to create a small puppet.
    Student Reflection: The students really enjoyed this lesson and were very engaged the whole time.Teacher Reflection: This lesson requires a lot of time. The book is long and with waiting on glue to dry, it took several days to complete. I also wish we would have had more time to watch the videos.


    Visuals and Handouts
    Book, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa SweetYou could also use the YouTube video read aloud if needed - Turkey template: Possible videos to accompany the book: