Balloons Over Broadway

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Sweet, M. (2011). Balloons over Broadway: The true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s parade. NY: Houghton

Tony Sarg loved to make things move with strings when he was young. He figured out a way to feed his family’s chickens without getting out of bed. This was the beginning of his work as a puppeteer. He developed the way that marionnettes work and that later went on to develop giant balloons which are now used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I would use this book to teach a few things. I would use it for Social Studies 2.(16) The student understands ethnic and/or cultural celebrations. The student is expected to: (A) identify the significance of various ethnic and/or cultural celebrations; and (B) compare ethnic and/or cultural celebrations, ELA 2.(13) Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about the author’s purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to identify the topic and explain the author’s purpose in writing the text, and 2. 10

Students are expected to distinguish

between fiction and nonfiction.

First, I would use the book to teach Fiction and Nonfiction and have them identify the book as fiction or nonfiction and give evidence why they chose so. Then I would use it to discuss how and why we celebrate Thanksgiving as well as how Thanksgiving celebrations have changed over the course of history.

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