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  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Balloons Over Broadway Super Pack


    Award-winning author Melissa Sweet, brings the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day to Life in this informational book about Tony Sarg and his marionettes. It is a book children will want to read more than once; first to enjoy the fascinating historical accounts, and then to appreciate the remarkable illustrations. Students will thoroughly enjoy working with this creatively told story about puppetry. Tony Sarg, an incredibly talented man who introduced helium balloons to the Macy’s Parade, will compel children to ask questions, find answers, and summarize the information. Beautiful illustrations and captions throughout the story support readers as they retell the events. Detailed information in the back of the book helps curious children learn more about this alluring story.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for adding -ed to verbs
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with Balloons Over Broadway


    Generating questions for this story will come naturally to all readers. Many children already know about the Macy’s Parade, but as they read this book, they will realize there is a great deal to wonder about with this extraordinary parade.
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    Determining Importance with Balloons Over Broadway


    With all of the information author Melissa Sweet sifted through to discover the most important details for this fascinating story, how did she determine what was important? Why did she craft noteworthy illustrations to share the intriguing facts? Children will determine what is important to remember by considering this beautifully told story of Tony Sarg and the Macy’s Parade.
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    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Balloons Over Broadway


    Intriguing illustrations and creative captions guide children to understanding the author’s purpose for including these amazing features in a brilliant way. Children will want to spend time soaking in every aspect of Melissa Sweet’s talent; realizing her craft is quite entertaining and informative.
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    Making Inferences with Balloons Over Broadway


    “Balloons Over Broadway” offers readers a chance to make an inference about some of the events that happened in the story. With background knowledge and information from the book, children will feel comfortable inferring what is not directly stated in the text.
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    Retelling and Summarizing with Balloons Over Broadway


    After reading this engaging story, children will most certainly share the story with someone at home. Get them ready to give a book talk by working with the retelling and summarizing lessons in this guide.
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    Balloons Over Broadway Extension Activity


    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
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    Balloons Over Broadway Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Balloons Over Broadway. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    Balloons Over Broadway Word Work - Adding -ed to Verbs


    Balloons Over Broadway is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about adding -ed to verbs. Either download the Balloons Over Broadway Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Balloons Over Broadway Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Balloons Over Broadway, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Balloons Over Broadway Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
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