Balloons Over Broadway Thanksgiving Project-Based Learning Reading Comprehension

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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This Thanksgiving Day Parade themed project based learning activity is the best seasonal activity for November! Use with the Balloons Over Broadway + our included text. In this fun project-based learning (PBL) activity for 4th-6th grades, your students will use key standards in a real-life scenario! These standards include reading comprehension, collaboration, revision, and design. Differentiation and student choice is included!

Driving Question: How can I design a unique and interesting balloon for our classroom’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Students are challenged with creating a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon so the project is open to accommodate all student beliefs and interests.

An informational text, The Balloons of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, is included in this unit. I recommend also getting a copy of Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet to use as a paired text with this unit. Reading comprehension questions are provided for both texts.

Standards Covered:

  • Comparing Multiple Texts
  • Research
  • Main Idea
  • Explanatory Writing
  • Reading Comprehension

Banish worksheets and get your students excited about real life learning! This 7-Day project covers the following skills:

  • Research
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Explanatory Planning & Writing
  • Design & Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Rubric & Sample Answers Included.

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Total Pages
48 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


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