Have you added Balloons over Broadway: the story of Tony Sarg, creator of the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade to your November literacy plans?
Teaching reading can be challenge at this time of the year. Change in weather, cold and flu season, and inside recess can make classroom management difficult. When I was a new teacher, I thought the best way to handle this issue was to plan quiet, stay-in-your-seat type of literacy activities. Through trial and error, I eventually learned that I needed to channel this restless energy and chattiness into high interest reading lessons that provided ways for students to get up, move and collaborate.
Are your students talkative?
Add Readers Theater to your literacy plans when you have talkative students. There are some students that need to express themselves. Trust me, I speak from personal experience. As a child, I felt like I had so many words I just had to say, it was like my head was a balloon and was getting bigger which would explode if I didn’t say them. Your students will be up, moving, interacting with each other, working on topics that are interesting to them. Readers Theater is perfect for your reading groups in November. You can try a FREE Veterans Day play with your class.
New Favorite November Story
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Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is a story about Tony Sarg, the creator of the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Melissa Sweet is the author and illustrator. She used watercolors to illustrate the book. One of the animals in the first parade was elephants. Make an elephant shape book after reading the story. Use watercolors like the illustrator, Melissa Sweet, to color the shape book. When the book dries, write a story on the inside. Fold on the dotted line and cut out. Hang the elephants on a bulletin board. You can find the shape book here.
Makers Space + Literacy + Thanksgiving
Do you have a Makers Space? This book would be perfect inspiration for a Makers Space. Let your class create a Thanksgiving parade. You can put a variety of materials in your space. I used the road tape from Target. Animal balloons are very “Tony Sarg-like”. If you decide to use balloon animals I would suggest:
- Blow up enough balloons for the class ahead of time.
- Store balloons in a garbage bag.
- Blow up extra balloons – in case students pop theirs.
- These balloons are hard to blow up. You will want to use a pump.
- You need to use balloons that are made for balloon animals – they are longer.
- I would recommend buying or checking out a book telling how to make animals.
You can see more November literacy activities using Balloons over Broadway – here (click).