Given that I only work W, Th, and F, this is a short week for me. Only one class on the day before Thanksgiving. However! It happens to be my annual observation. This is what I’m doing:
Read: Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
This picture book biography of puppeteer Tony Sarg tells the story of how the Macy’s parade balloons were created with determination, creativity, and outside-the-box thinking. A perfect STEM title for those in need.
After reading, I’m posing this question: “What children’s book character do you think deserves a place as a balloon in the Macy’s Parade? WHY?” To get them thinking far and wide, I plan to share the recent list of 50 books every child should know as featured in Entertainment Weekly. Seeing this list really gets me going: Harry Potter? A Wild Thing? What about the cover graphic from Smile? Or Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat?
To facilitate the sharing of ideas, students will use Flipgrid to give their thoughts as well their evidence of WHY the particular character should be part of the parade. I’d love it if students logged on during the parade to add thoughts or elaborate on the balloons, too.
I’ll post an update after teaching. Stay tuned!