Each year I look forward to sharing Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet. It is such a fascinating read about Tony Sarg, the man behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. This year I decided to use some primary source documents to build inquiry and intrigue before reading the book. The third grade students first looked at early advertisements for the parade with partners and were prompted to discuss the ads based on these questions: What are the ads advertising? How did you know? Share your evidence. What do you wonder?
Then the pairs were given photos of the earliest parades that didn't have balloons and given time to discuss. Next they were given photos of the parade shortly after balloons were added and asked what was different than the previous photos?
This definitely got the students intrigued and asking more questions. I look forward to sharing Balloons Over Broadway in our next library class.