One of our favorite books to read and share during Thanksgiving time is...
...Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, which is a wonderful picture book that tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who inspired the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
You can read more about it here on Melissa's website.
In November, we learned more about the Macy's Day parade by reading the book, visiting the production through virtual reality tours and our MERGE goggles,
After seeing this tweet from Candace @buchananseaside, I wanted to try it out with our students.
So, I went to my friend and 2nd grade teacher, Staci Braun, to see if she wanted to give it a try with her students last week before we went on break for the holiday. And she did!
First, we took pictures of her students.
I uploaded each into RemoveBG to...
...remove the background....
shapes, arrows, text and more to create their balloons.
When I finished created a Google Drawing for each student, I put every one into a Google Document that we shared with the students in Seesaw.
...fly over Broadway in New York City.
Even though it was super cool for them to fly their balloon creations over Broadway,
it came to us that we should be flying them over Van Meter.
The Balloons Over Van Meter project turned out so cute. It was meaningful and fun for the students, which not only let them shine with their creativity, it also gave them a chance to learn a new tool, Google Draw.
Take a moment to watch this little GIF I created in Creator Studio within Google. They were very excited to show off their balloons in Balloons Over Van Meter.
Thank you, Candace for the inspiration and idea. We loved this project!