Lesson Plan:

Up, Up, and Away!

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September 9, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

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.

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