Up, Up, and Away!
Students will follow directions to create several themed craft projects.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Ask students if they have ever seen a hot air balloon. Hold up Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon to show students an image of a hot air balloon.
- Give students a chance to share stories of being on a hot air balloon or seeing one in the sky.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon. Ask questions throughout the story to test student knowledge and comprehension of the events.
- Explain to the students that today they will be creating a hot air balloon craft and then writing about it!
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Give each student a hot air balloon cutout on stiff card stock.
- Squirt shaving cream onto each student's card stock and allow students to choose various different colors of paint to put on top of the shaving cream. Put a few drops of each color on the shaving cream for your students.
- Give students a paintbrush and tell them to swirl the paint and shaving cream around to make a beautiful design.
- Note: This craft takes about 2-3 days to dry. When it dries, add yarn or a pipe cleaner to attach the basket to the balloon.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give each student a copy of Write and Draw paper. On their paper write, "My hot air balloon is ____."
- Have students think of a word to describe their hot air balloon. Sound out the word they chose and help them write it on the line!
- Ask students to draw their hot air balloons on their paper.
- Enrichment: Students succeeding with the writing prompt should think of various words to describe their balloon instead of just one.
- Support: Students who have difficulty writing their describing word should have the teacher write it for them in highlighter and then trace over it independently.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman
- BOOK: Flying in a Hot Air Balloon by Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Have each student complete the Hot Air Balloon coloring sheet.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- When the hot air balloons dries, attach the basket using yarn or pipe cleaners, and have each student take a turn and go to the front of the classroom to show their balloon to their peers and describe it to everyone.