Lesson plan

Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up, and Away! Let your students' creativity soar with this lesson plan that has them catch the beauty of hot air balloons in multimedia craft projects.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will practice early writing skills to complete a simple sentence.

(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.
(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!
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Have each student complete the Hot Air Balloon coloring sheet.
(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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